3951 Higuera Street
Culver City, CA
Ford’s second most successful model, the A set a new course with luxury features becoming standard. Things like brakes on all four corners and safety glass. And Ol’ Henry allowed a new trend, cars with colors beyond black! With her nickel chrome radiator and stunning brown body, our rumble seated roadster is just a sight to behold.
Ford built 4.3 million examples of these budget-minded yet stylish cars, and America couldn’t get enough. Our near 100-year-old shows her beauty and grace, especially after an extensive and thorough body-off-frame restoration, completed in 2006. Primped, powder coated, new wood and the original, all steel bodyworks give us a time capsule, a show piece, and drivable history.
Luxurious in its display, the two-tone brown and black is just stunning. The convertible top is wonderful and boot-wrapped when down. Flowing back towards the trunk a fine and oh-so-era rumble seat invites guests for the ride. Finishing at the rear is what would soon be title as the Continental Kit, a secured and protected spare tire outside the trunk. All chrome is true nickel-plated steel and shows original but with just a few flaws. And to finish with steel spoked wheels and era correct white walled tires just completes this museum piece.
All original and refurbished, the black upholstered interior brings one back to the golden era of motoring. Steering column is original, and items required to operate the car are all era proper: starting throttle, spark advance and the added, read not original, turn signal lever all accent the steering assembly. Wipers are now electric, opting for more dependability over the original vacuum actuation. Floor pedals became real drive tools, not just transmission actuation, like other American cars, in the Model A, a big compromise to Mr. Ford and our little roadster beautify displays them.
Powered by Ford’s historical 201 cid 4-cylinder flathead, she purrs with the best of them. All running gear is gorgeous in its display, even with a few weeps of fluid. Operation and motoring are excellent and a tribute to their design. Note the mechanical activation of the brakes, true to the era. New hoses and belt increase her dependability and show pride of ownership.
A thorough and exhaustive review of this time piece was performed by Lemon Squad. Once taught the mechanics, our Inspector took her for a drive and found the A to be a solid drive and a little lesson on ‘double clutching’ a classic. Exterior road rashes were indeed discovered, not to be disdained but more observed as a proud, say bruise, from good road use. Mechanically all items operate proper and there are some fluid seepages, almost correct for the era! She is no trailer queen and is ready to transport to the excitement of those on the road as well as any event one attends.
The Ford Model A is a tribute to a company whose namesake actually conceded defeat prior to developing. A son’s vision and market demands create Henry’s capitulation, but his design and finished product should make any manufacturer proud. Our beautiful product of that vision has been brought back to use and display. Her beauty stands sound with style and flare, but it’s her road worthiness that should make Mr. Ford proud.
Listed for auction at www.Clasiq.com
Auction Ends 11/30
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