1931 Ford Model A Deluxe Roadster
Chassis no. MVIN33170IND
Engine no. A482090
200ci, L-head, 40hp inline four
Three-speed manual transmission
Ex-John O'Quinn Collection
AACA National First Place winner
Miles of smiles
Replacement for the ubiquitous 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 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 T's planetary gears, there was coil-and-battery instead of magneto ignition and at last there was a brake for each wheel. The T's ungainly styling was abandoned, and the eagerly awaited Model A's up-to-the-minute looks, choice of colors and, needless to say, competitive pricing, helped ensure its success. Ford priced the new Model A at just $450 and would go to build 4.8 million 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-l in 1929/30 when more than 1.4 million were sold - the Model A's best year - and production continued until the V8's arrival in 1932 saw Ford's four-cylinder car renamed 'Model B'.
This Washington Blue over Black fender Type 40B was the recipient of a very detailed and correct frame-off restoration in the mid 1980s that generated a few AACA National First Place awards in 1989 and 1990 along with several Model A Ford Club of America awards. Acquired by the Oldenburg Family Collection in March of 2010 from the collection of the late John O'Quinn, the Roadster still shows very well. The body is nicely offset by its Tacoma Cream wheels and striping.
A delight to drive, easy to maintain, and backed by an active and enjoyable group of enthusiast clubs, the Ford Model A continues to be one of perennial favorites of the motoring hobby. Whether acquired as a gateway purchase into the field of motoring or as a necessary addition to a thorough collection, it's hard to beat a Ford Model A Deluxe Roadster for style, design and value!
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