Ford Deluxe Panel Delivery
Having closed the book on his very successful and long-running Model T in 1927, Henry Ford chose to return to the beginning of the alphabet for its successor, the Model A. With development spearheaded by Edsel Ford and bearing a familial resemblance to its predecessor, the Model A was new in many ways. Mechanical advancements included a three-speed sliding-gear transmission, four-wheel brakes and a larger, improved engine that doubled the T’s output and adopted pumped-water cooling. Its Houdaille-type, hydraulic double-acting shock absorbers were uncommon on a low-priced car. Nearly 5,000,000 Model As were built in just over four years, and their high survival rate is testament to the car’s basic design excellence.
Ford introduced light commercial vehicles in the new Model A series from the very beginning, with the Roadster and Closed-Cab Pickups, Styles 76-A and 82-A being immediate favorites. They were soon joined by Panel Delivery trucks, in both standard and Deluxe trim, Styles 79-A and 130-A, plus a spiffy Town Car Delivery truck, Style 295-A, which debuted in 1930. Almost unknown, however, is the Special Delivery, Style 255-A, another 1930 introduction. Of all these models, though, the most popular were the Closed-Cab Pickup and the Deluxe Panel Delivery.
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