1929 Ford Model A Mailtruck
Engine no. A1852552
200ci L-head four cylinder engine
Single updraft carburetor
Solid front and rear axles with leaf springs
4-wheel mechanical brakes
*One of approximately 20 remaining examples
*Formerly in the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago
*Offered from a Private European Museum Collection
The Ford Mailtruck
In 1929, Ford Motor Co. was offered a contract to produce vehicles for the US Postal Service. This resulted in the manufacturing of approximately 300 Postal Service vehicles by Ford during 1929 and 1930. The Postal Service had used vehicles before for residential delivery, but had not been satisfied with their reliability. With the introduction of the Model A Ford units, the Postal Service at last had a reliable delivery vehicle.
Bodies for the Model A delivery trucks were specially designed by the Postal Service and constructed in Ford's body building shops. The bodies were made of wood and mounted on the standard Model A Commercial chassis, using the Ford's steel cowling and fenders.
Because their wood body construction did not weather well, few of the Model A Postal Service trucks have survived the ravages of time. It is estimated that fewer than 20 authentic examples remain today.
The Motorcar Offered
This Model A Postal Van was the subject of a thorough and accurate restoration in the early 1970s. Its authenticity was certified by the Antique Automobile Club of America and it received a first place national award attesting to the quality of its restorationthe plaque commemorating that occasion is still affixed to the inside of the body.
The Postal Service truck was donated to the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago in the 1970s. The truck was in excellent restored condition when donated, and despite its long term display it presents very nicely today. The original Ford radiator emblem and several other small parts are noted to be missing from the vehicle. The truck includes original locking, US Mail bags and a fine US Mail labeled padlock adorns the rear door.
This unusual example of the popular Model A Ford is a very desirable vehicle. As is the case with any specialty commercial vehicle, it is quite rare. A cosmetic refresh of the restoration would make this truck a standout on any show field.
This Model A Ford represents one of the most important milestone vehicles in America's automotive history, while this unusual example also reflects an important moment in the history of the US Postal Service.
- Please note that this vehicle is titled under its engine number and its title is in transit.