Ford Model AR Roadster
Henry Ford, without a doubt, most famous for his Model T, had a rather unusual manner in following the alphabet. Somewhat logically, the Model A was first to arrive in 1903. The Model B, C and F would follow in 1904, the Model E in 1905, the Model K and N in 1906, and the Model R and S in 1908. The first Model T followed later in the year. Ford however, repeated the Model A designation signifying a new beginning at Ford Motor Company with the introduction of his new car in 1928.
Henry Ford actually did not want to stop producing the Model T; rather, he was forced to do so by rival Chevrolet who was building far sprightlier cars. Thus, the new Model A became available for the 1928 model year. It was first introduced to the public on December 2, 1927. Newspaper accounts told of nearly ten million Americans having gone to view the new car within the first 36 hours of its introduction. Much more complex than the Model T that preceded it, the Model A was comprised of 6,800 parts compared to its simpler predecessor, which was made up of 5,000 parts. The ruggedly constructed Model A featured Ford’s first installation of safety glass in all windows. Ford continued to build the Model A through 1932 when it introduced its new V-8.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in October of 2010 at the Hershey Lodge, Hershey, Pennsylvania.
40 hp, 200 cu. in. L-head four-cylinder, three-speed sliding gear-type transmission with floor shifter, mechanical four-wheel brakes, transverse leaf springs and solid axles front and rear. Wheelbase: 103.5".
Source: RM Auctions
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