1928 Ford Model A "AR" Type 76A Open Cab Pickup
Engine no. A80155
200ci, L-head, 40hp inline four
Three-speed manual transmission
Versatile open cab pickup body
Although Ford never actually cataloged a "Model AR," everyone knows what it is: a very early 1928 Model A, with several notable differences from cars built from mid-1928 through the end of production in 1931. The designation results from an "R" suffix on parts that are particular to the early cars, but in frequent Ford fashion the convention is confusing. The suffix means "Replaced," and it was applied only after those early parts had been superseded. Moreover, the superseded parts were incorporated at different times, so there is no one definition of what constitutes an "AR." Early cars had a red steering wheel, and the hand brake lever was located to the left of the driver. Another feature was a five-brush "Powerhouse" generator, distinctive because of its short length and wide diameter. The entire braking system was redesigned in March 1928, and the hand brake was moved at that time. In contrast, steering wheels were changed from red to black quite late in the year.
Joining the Oldenburg Family Collection a couple years ago, this Balsam Green over black fenders Type 76A Open Cab Pickup combines all the utility of a pickup with the sportiness of a roadster. One of the numerous body styles offered on the Model A, ranging from formal town cars to pure utility panel vans, the Open Cab Pickup was a choice favored by those looking for something handy but not requiring the extra cost of an enclosed cab. This example, featuring the optional rearview mirror mounted clock and a handsome wooden-stake bed, was carefully restored a number of years ago and still shows well.
Model As are great fun to drive and do well with modern roads and traffic. The Model A community is supported by several active clubs and excellent availability of replacement and restoration parts. Accordingly, there is plentiful support for new owners. Enjoy one of the all time classic cars in one of the most fun body styles.
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