1929 Ford Model AA Breakdown Truck
Registration no. DS 8095
Chassis no. AA1166402
Engine no. AA1166402
Replacement for the ubiquitous Ford 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 3,285cc four-cylinder sidevalve engine producing 40bhp - double the output of the T - which was good enough for a top speed of 65mph. A three-speed sliding gear transmission replaced the Ts planetary gears, there was coil-and-battery instead of magneto ignition and at last there was a brake for each wheel. The Ts ungainly styling was abandoned and the eagerly awaited Model As up-to-the-minute looks, choice of colours and, needless to say, competitive pricing, helped ensure its success. After two years in production the Model A was face-lifted for 1930, receiving wider tyres on smaller-diameter (19) wheels and being mildly re-styled with wider mudguards to achieve a lower, more modern look. Model A sales peaked in 1929, when more than 1.4 million were sold, and production continued until the V8s arrival in 1932 saw Fords four-cylinder car renamed Model B.
The vendor acquired this Model AA breakdown truck one year ago and completed its restoration, to an exemplary standard, in September of this year. Previously owned by the Bygone Heritage Village Ltd, Fleggburgh, Great Yarmouth, this unique vehicles first owner was motor-dealers and coachbuilders Mann Egerton Ltd, of Norwich, Norfolk, who were responsible for constructing its crane and bodywork. Epitomising state-of-the-art vehicle recovery in 1929, it is offered with road fund licence to June 2006 and Swansea V5 registration document. (Commercial vehicle status means that an MoT certificate is not required).