Ford Model A Roadster
Ford’s Model A had been a big success, surging the automaker past Chevrolet in 1929 to regain sales leadership. For 1930, a gentle restyling was undertaken, giving the car a bolder look yet a lower center of gravity. The hood and radiator were raised, the latter’s shell now of stainless steel. Wheel size was reduced to 19 inches, making the car lower, while wider tires gave a better ride. The higher cowl also resulted in a larger fuel tank.
Roadster and Phaeton models gained fold-down windshields, and Deluxe and Standard Roadsters now had different roof lines. The Deluxe had a shorter windshield and lower profile top. Either roadster could be equipped with rumble seat, in place of an enclosed trunk, cowl lights and side-mount spare tires. With side-mounts, a rear trunk rack was often added.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in October of 2010 at the Hershey Lodge, Hershey, Pennsylvania and in July of 2011 at The Inn at St. John's, Plymouth, Michigan.
40 bhp, 200.5 cu. in. four-cylinder inline L-head engine, three-speed manual transmission, solid front axle with transverse semi-elliptic leaf spring, live rear axle with transverse semi-elliptic leaf spring, four-wheel mechanical drum brakes. Wheelbase: 103.5".
Source: RM Auctions
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