1928 Ford Model "AR" Rumble Seat Sport Coupe
Engine no. A843315
The Model A had big shoes to fill in succeeding the legendary Model T. The very timidity of its changes reflected both Henry Ford's reluctance to put the Model T behind him and the corresponding reluctance of Ford's legions of satisfied customers to take anything but baby steps away from the tried, true and familiar Model T.
When it was finally introduced in December of 1927, the Model A was substantially different from the Model T, but at the same time it was still a 4-cylinder and it still had transverse leaf spring suspension. There were many improvements, important evolutionary elements like pumped water cooling, coil ignition, sliding gear 3-speed transmission. The 103 1/2 inch wheelbase was longer, making room for bigger, more luxurious, bodies. The 200 cubic inch 40 horsepower four-cylinder engine had the legs to carry the heavier coachwork of Ford's new Fordor sedans.
Many of the visual changes incorporated in the Model A had been foreshadowed in the styling evolution of the Model T in the late Twenties. The Model A was different, but it still looked like a Ford, and that was probably a very wise and sensible thing for Ford to do.
This desirable and charming Sport Coupe is a good example of a scarce bodystyle. As an early '28 production, it exhibits numerous features referred to as 'AR' items including the red steering wheel and powerhouse generator. The handsome soft back coupe also incorporates some of the roadster features, such as a fold up rear window.
The car seems to be a largely original car, with what looks like an original rumble seat upholstery. The rest of the car is either original or a very old restoration. Although the engine shows that some items have been removed, everything appears to be still with the car in the passenger compartment.
Overall it looks like a good example of a fairly rare Model A style. A good cleaning and some recommissioning should see a charming machine returned to service.
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