1929 Ford Model A Mailtruck  Engine no. A1852552
Lot 524¤
1929 Ford Model A Mailtruck
Engine no. A1852552
Sold for US$ 17,050 inc. premium

Lot Details
1929 Ford Model A Mailtruck  Engine no. A1852552 1929 Ford Model A Mailtruck  Engine no. A1852552 1929 Ford Model A Mailtruck  Engine no. A1852552 1929 Ford Model A Mailtruck  Engine no. A1852552 1929 Ford Model A Mailtruck  Engine no. A1852552 1929 Ford Model A Mailtruck  Engine no. A1852552
1929 Ford Model A Mailtruck
Engine no. A1852552
200ci L-head four cylinder engine
Single updraft carburetor
40hp
3-speed manual
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 restoration—the 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.

Without reserve

Saleroom notices

  • Please note that this vehicle is titled under its engine number and its title is in transit.
Auction information

This auction is now finished.

If you are interested in consigning in future auctions, please email us at motors.us@bonhams.com or request a complimentary motorcar valuation.

If you have queries about lots purchased in this auction, please contact customer services.

Buyers' Obligations

ALL BIDDERS MUST AGREE THAT THEY HAVE READ AND UNDERSTOOD BONHAMS' CONDITIONS OF SALE AND AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THEM, AND AGREE TO PAY THE BUYER'S PREMIUM AND ANY OTHER CHARGES MENTIONED IN THE NOTICE TO BIDDERS. THIS AFFECTS THE BIDDERS LEGAL RIGHTS.

If you have any complaints or questions about the Conditions of Sale, please contact your nearest customer services team.

Buyers' Premium and Charges

For all Sales categories excluding Arms & Armor, Coins & Medals, Motor Cars, Motorcycles, and Wine & Whisky:

Buyer's Premium Rates
25% on the first $100,000 of the Hammer Price
20% from $100,001 to $2,000,000 of the Hammer Price
12% on the excess over $2,000,000 of the Hammer Price

Payment Notices

Payment for purchases may be made in or by (a) cash, (b) cashier's check or money order, (c) personal check with approved credit drawn on a U.S. bank, (d) wire transfer or other immediate bank transfer, or (e) Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover credit, charge or debit card. A processing fee will be assessed on any returned checks. Please note that the amount of cash notes and cash equivalents that can be accepted from a given purchaser may be limited.

Shipping Notices

For information and estimates on domestic and international shipping as well as export licences please contact Bonhams Shipping Department.

Lot symbols
¤ Without reserve
Contacts
  1. Samantha Hamill
    Auction Administration - Motor Cars
    Bonhams
    Work
    580 Madison Avenue
    New York, United States 10022
    Work +1 212 461 6514
    FaxFax: +1 917 206 1669
  2. Rupert Banner
    Specialist - Motor Cars
    Bonhams
    Work
    580 Madison Avenue
    New York, United States 10022
    Work +1 212 461 6515
    FaxFax: +1 917 206 1669
  3. Evan Ide
    Specialist - Motor Cars
    Bonhams
    Work Boston, United States
    Work +1 917 340 4657
  4. Eric Minoff
    Specialist - Motor Cars
    Bonhams
    Work
    580 Madison Avenue
    New York, United States 10022
    Work +1 917 206 1630
    FaxFax: +1 917 206 1669
Similar Items