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Lot 33
1931 Ford Model A Victoria


Selling on Wednesday

From the Ron Thorne Collection

CHASSIS NO: 4561177

• Last year for the Model A and second year for the Victoria
• Full restoration; repainted in 2015
• Optioned with stone guard, cowl lights, and red spoke wheels

201 cid L-head four-cylinder engine, 40 HP, three-speed sliding-mesh manual transmission, Zenith carburetor, transverse mounted front and rear leaf spring suspension, mechanical drum brakes; wheelbase: 106”

A replacement for the highly successful but aging Model T, the Model A went on sale in December of 1927. A more complex car than its predecessor, the 'A' was also more powerful, by producing 40 horsepower – double the output of the T – which was good enough for a top speed of 65 mph. A three-speed, sliding gear transmission replaced the T's planetary gears, a coil-and-battery ignition replaced the magneto and, at last, a brake for each wheel. For the last year of production for the Model A, there were many body styles available and the new introduction of the Victoria Two-Door Coupe, with a body by Murray certainly let the Model A go out of production with style. It featured longer doors for easier access, dropped floors to allow a lower roofline, luggage space behind the rear seat, woodgrain dash, woodgrain window surrounds, and a slanting windshield, which created a more sophisticated look.

The ’31 Victoria offered here was restored in the late ‘90s and was then treated to a paint refreshing in 2015, leaving it with a sleek black finish. The brightwork shines nicely and features red wire spoke wheels with blackwall tires. The exterior comes equipped with many options which include a quail radiator cap, stone guard, cowl lights, dual exterior rearview mirrors, step plates, dual taillights, and a rear-mounted spare tire.

Like the exterior, the interior has been restored and features mohair-like seating and door panels. The dash houses the simple gauge cluster and a rearview mirror with a built-in clock. The rear window has a pull-down privacy shade to block the sun and unwanted attention. The new owner can rest assured, as the 201-cubic-inch L-head four-cylinder engine and three-speed manual transmission have been cosmetically and mechanically sorted. Model As have long been a favorite to drive on touring events, and this Victoria would certainly fit right in with other pre-war cars that are also participating on tours or shows. The Model A Victoria was loved by the public when new, but relatively few survive today, and even fewer present themselves as a fully restored example like the one being offered here.

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