Ford A400 Convertible Sedan
On October 21, 1927, the first all-new Ford Model A was produced, marking the release of the long-awaited successor to the long-running Model T. Although it bore a familial resemblance to its predecessor, the Model A featured a larger and upgraded 200.5-cubic inch engine developing twice the power. The old two-speed planetary transmission of the T was replaced by a new three-speed selective sliding gear transmission, though transverse leaf springs and torque-tube drive remained. More sophisticated yet simpler to operate, the Model A included new four-wheel brakes and was noticeably larger, with a 103.5-inch wheelbase and a 700-pound weight increase over the Model T.
Most noticeable was the styling. Reminiscent of the Lincoln, it was drawn under the watchful eye of Henry’s son Edsel, whose eye for design would soon become legendary. Departing even further from the basic Model T concept, the Model A was also available in several colors. Priced from just $460, the Model A was initially available in nine body types and continued to provide immense value for the money. The public loved it, queuing up at dealer showrooms for a first look and placing orders that the factories took months to fill.
The Model A400 Convertible Sedan was introduced on May 22, 1931 with fully framed doors and Victoria-style rear-quarter windows. Production continued through May 1932 with just 4,865 produced in the United States, plus 86 in Canada and another 142 overseas.
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
Photo Credit: Copyright Darin Schnabel