CHASSIS NO: A3123868
• A well-restored example
• Less than 100 careful club miles since 2014; Completely restored
• Clean and correct interior; Comfortably seats five
• An excellent opportunity to purchase a proper Model A
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201 cid L-head inline four-cylinder engine, 40 HP, three-speed manual transmission, semi-elliptic leaf spring suspension with live rear axle, four-wheel drum brakes; wheelbase: 103.5”
A replacement for the highly successful but aging Model T, the Model A went on sale in December 1927. A more complex car than its predecessor, the 'A' was also more powerful, its four-cylinder side-valve engine 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, there was coil-and-battery ignition instead of magneto and, at last, there was a brake for each wheel.
The eagerly awaited Model A's up-to-the-minute looks, new choices of colors and, needless to say, competitive pricing, helped ensure its success. Ford soon had a dozen body styles available, priced starting at just $450, and would go to build 4.5 million Model As over the next four years despite the prevailing economic gloom. After two years in production the Model A was face-lifted for 1930, receiving wider tires on smaller-diameter (19") wheels and being mildly restyled with wider mudguards to achieve a lower, more modern look. Ford outsold Chevrolet 2-to-1 in 1930 when more than 1.4 million were sold - the Model A's best year - and production continued until the V-8's arrival in 1932, which was also a huge shot in Ford’s arm and a truly landmark powerplant that almost singlehandedly started the hot rod revolution.
This fine 1930 Model A is a body style commonly known as a Town Sedan or Fordor Sedan. It was a practical, family car, and less desirable to hot rod than the roadsters but, even so, few survived as stock examples into the 1980s like this car did, when a highly detailed and correct restoration was commissioned. The car was lovingly maintained in a notable Model A collection until 2014, when purchased by the current owner, who reports he has driven the car just under a hundred miles since.
The all-steel body remains very solid, with great door fit all around and a nice finish. From the like-new vinyl roof to the contrasting fenders and running boards, it’s a very solid older restoration that still looks great. Top it off with painted steel wheels, new Firestone wide whitewall tires, and a factory luggage rack, and you’ve got an excellent presentation of a truly classic Model A Town Sedan. Under the hood, it’s the same good news, with a clean and correct presentation of the inline four, and no corrosion or leaks apparent.
The condition of the nicely restored interior is also excellent, with correct fabrics and clean carpets throughout. The dash, the glass, the headliner - all show the long term care this car has received. Even the rear sunshades are in sharp condition, and you just know a ride in this Model A is like a time capsule adventure. From the cool “flying quail” radiator cap up front to the luggage rack out back, this example has received excellent care and stands ready for you and your entire family to enjoy. It is a car that makes a dramatic arrival to Ford and cruise-in events, and this Town Sedan is one of those rare Model As that stands ready for either long distance touring or local car show fun.