Oldest Surviving Ford Heading to RM Auctions

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

The oldest surviving car sold by Ford Motor Company will be heading to RM Auctions in Hershey, Pennsylvania on October 11th, 2012.

The 1903 Ford Model A Rear Entry Tonneau has been heavily documented as the oldest Ford left in existence, and has had only five owners since it rolled off the Ford Mack Avenue plant line back in 1903. It is chassis number-30, and is currently owned by John M. O’Quinn. RM Auctions is estimating that it’ll fetch anywhere from $350,000 to $500,000.

The vehicle was originally sold to Herbert L. McNary of Iowa on July 13th, 1903 for $880. It would stay in the family for an impressive 50 years before it began its journey through swapping owners. O’Quinn purchased the antique Ford back in 2007 after the engine had received a professional rebuild for $630,000. It’s surprising to hear that RM Auctions is estimating the sale to be less than what O’Quinn purchased it for.

Powering the 1903 Ford Model A is a two-cylinder engine with just 8-hp. This isn’t the first time it has hit the auction block though since O’Quinn has owned it. Back in 2010, RM tried to auction the car off but it only received a high bid of $325,000 which was well short of the auction reserve and the $600,000 to $800,000 pre-auction price.

[Source: RM Auctions]

Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at AutoGuide.com saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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