1930 Ford Model A Tudor
Lot 50
1930 Ford Model A Tudor Sedan Chassis no. A2800343 Engine no. A2800343
€15,000 - 20,000
US$ 21,000 - 28,000
Lot Details
1930 Ford Model A Tudor Sedan
Chassis no. A2800343
Engine no. A2800343
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 colours and, needless to say, competitive pricing, helped ensure its success. Ford priced the new Model A at just $450 and would go to build 4.5 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 tyres on smaller-diameter (19") wheels and being mildly restyled with wider mudguards to achieve a lower, more modern look. The smaller wheels and wider tires reduced the overall height and improved the car's stability, while much of the brightwork was stainless steel rather than nickel plate.

A left-hand drive US model with the powerful 3.3-litre engine, this exceptional Tudor (Two-Door) sedan left the River Rouge plant in Detroit early in 1930. It is one of the face-lifted models with a deeper radiator shell, revised scuttle, restyled bodywork and 19" wheels. This exceptional example has been magnificently restored to showroom condition while still retaining a totally correct deluxe specification. The Cherry Red and black paintwork and black fabric roof are very good and the interior is beautifully trimmed in cream velour with maroon carpets. A wire mesh stone guard and mascot (both expensive optional extras when new) are fitted while there is a folding luggage rack at the rear.

Recent expenditure has included a new set of tyres and tubes (circa €800), small items from Model A specialists Saturn Industries of Bromyard (circa €1,200), a new large capacity battery and various electrical components (bills available). Offered with UK V5 registration document, the car is said to run very well; indeed, as well as it looks, the gurgle from the exhaust at tick-over giving a hint of the power and torque available. 

Modèle américain à conduite à gauche doté du puissant moteur 3,3 litres, cette conduite intérieure deux portes (Tudor) est sortie de l'usine de River Rouge à Detroit au début de 1930. Elle a donc le nouveau radiateur à calandre profonde, le nouvel auvent, la carrosserie retouchée et des roues de 19 pouces. Cet exemplaire exceptionnel a été superbement restauré à l'état de neuf absolu tout en conservant le niveau de finition deluxe correct. La peinture Cherry Red et noir et la toile du toit sont en très bon état et l'intérieur a été magnifiquement garni en velours crème avec moquettes marron. Un pare-pierres et une mascotte de radiateur (deux accessoires coûteux à l'époque) ornent la voiture équipée aussi d'un porte-bagages repliable à l'arrière.

Les frais récemment engagés ont concerné un train de pneus et de chambres à air neufs (environ 800 euros), quelques accessoires de chez les spécialistes de la Model A, Saturn Industries de Bromyard (environ 1,200 euros), une batterie grande capacité neuve et divers composants électriques (factures disponibles). Offerte avec son document d'immatriculation britannique V5, la voiture montre un fonctionnement à l'égal de sa présentation et son bruit d'échappement au ralenti dénonce déjà la force tranquille de son robuste et fiable quatre-cylindres.

  1. Philip Kantor
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