Ford Model A Deluxe Background: After building nearly 15 million Model Ts, Henry Ford introduced the Model A for the 1928 model year. Initially labeled The New Ford, it was soon renamed the Ford Model A Deluxe. It was instantly successful and, like the Model T, became popular worldwide. Model As are generally broken down…
After building nearly 15 million Model Ts, Henry Ford introduced the Model A for the 1928 model year. Initially labeled The New Ford, it was soon renamed the Ford Model A Deluxe. It was instantly successful and, like the Model T, became popular worldwide.
Model As are generally broken down into two groups, the early cars built during 1928 and 1929, and the later cars built in 1930 and 1931. The 1930 and 1931 models are typically the most sought after by today’s collectors.
This 1930 Model A Ford Deluxe Coupe is the recipient of a recent, professional restoration and has been driven about 20 careful miles since being completed. It has been maintained and displayed in the museum-like environment of a local collector for the past several years. It is in like new condition inside and out.
This Ford Model A Deluxe is a true, deluxe coupe and differentiates itself from the more commonly seen standard coupe by its roll down rear window, wood grained garnish moldings, mohair interior, front carpet and cowl lights. In addition to these standard features, this car is also well equipped with several period and factory accessories including a rumble seat, dual side mounted spare tires with polished metal covers, dual tail lights, a rear mounted luggage rack, wind wings, a radiator stone guard, a flying quail radiator cap, running board steps plates and whitewall tires.
The exterior is finished in the period correct Model A colors of Chickle Drab and Cobra drab with black fenders. The straw color wheels are a factory option as is the matching pin stripe. The paint on this car is excellent and shows hardly any signs of aging or wear.
The overall fit and finish on this Ford Model A Deluxe is superb throughout. The doors and rumble seat lid open and close properly with even gaps and margins throughout. The hood aligns properly with the cowl and radiator shell. The bodylines are crisp and clear. All four, steel fenders have clearly defined bead lines and have been properly fitted to the body and frame. The running boards have been correctly re-covered and show no wear.
On the inside, the deluxe mohair interior was replaced at the time of restoration and still looks like new. The seat assembly, door panels, headliner and carpet show no signs of wear or discoloration. The rumble seat area was likely never used and still looks like new. All of the glass was replaced and also remains new.
The stainless steel radiator shell, headlamps, tail lamps, cowl lights, cowl band and hubcaps are correct and have been restored to exacting standards. The chrome bumpers were correctly re-plated and still look like new.
Under the hood, the engine bay is extremely clean and well detailed. The engine has its correct Zenith carburetor and engine pans. Underneath, the chassis has been fully restored and remains extremely clean. The white wall tires still appear new.
Mechanically, this Model A runs and drives properly. It starts easily, idles with that well-known Model A sound. The engine makes plenty of power and easily propels the car down the road. The steering and brakes are tight and responsive. The transmission is smooth and easy to shift. The lights, horn and gauges all work as they should. When you drive this car, it becomes evident it was properly restored by someone who understands Model A Fords.
It has been said time and time again that the Model A Ford is the backbone of the vintage car hobby. Simply put, these are great cars. Model As are easy to drive and simple to maintain. They can be reliably driven virtually anywhere. This well restored and highly optioned 1930 Model A Deluxe coupe is ready for fun and enjoyment by its next owner
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