Ford Model A Deluxe Two-Door Phaeton
The Model A’s introduction was a highly anticipated event, where Ford proved that it had perfected the art of effective product placement in one of the most successful new product launches in automotive history. A mild styling revision for 1930 brought fold-down windshields to the Roadster and Phaeton, while the Deluxe and Standard Roadsters now had different rooflines, with the Standard distinguished by its taller windshield and top. Mid-year, the four-passenger Deluxe Phaeton appeared, with a sporty two-door body and a lower roofline. Just 3,946 examples were produced for 1930, followed by only 2,229 for the 1931 calendar year.
Roadster and Phaeton models gained fold-down windshields, and Deluxe and Standard Roadsters now had different rooflines. The Standard had both a taller windshield and a higher top. In mid-year, a four-passenger Deluxe Phaeton with two doors and the lower roofline was introduced. The upscale Deluxe model, priced at $150 more than the Standard Phaeton, not surprisingly sold at a much slower pace in the challenging early-Depression market.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in October of 2010 at the Hershey Lodge, Hershey, Pennsylvania.
40 bhp, 200.5 cu. in. L-head four-cylinder inline engine, three-speed sliding gear manual transmission, solid front axle and ¾-floating rear axle, transverse semi-elliptic leaf springs front and rear, and four-wheel mechanical drum brakes. Wheelbase: 103.5".
Source: RM Auctions
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