Ford Model A Deluxe Pickup
The introduction of the Ford Model A in late 1927 represents one of the most significant automotive turnarounds of the 20th Century. While many believed by the close of 1924 that Henry Ford’s genius had seen better days, Edsel Ford, Henry’s visionary son and President of the Ford Motor Company, successfully lobbied for the development of a new car to replace the venerable Model T.
Paradoxically, the Model A was more complex, yet far easier and simpler to operate than the Model T it replaced. A new inline four-cylinder engine produced twice the horsepower, and Model A styling was heavily influenced by Lincoln. Other advancements included four-wheel brakes, welded steel wire wheels, Houdaille-type shock absorbers and several handsome exterior color schemes. Priced from just $460, the Model A was initially available in nine body types and, in keeping with tradition, represented solid value.
Ford’s growing numbers of truck customers benefited from the 1927 introduction of the Model A. While the styling of Ford trucks was quite similar to that of the Model A, many subtle differences began to differentiate the truck and passenger-car lines after 1930, marking the beginning of a trend that continues today.
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 engine, three-speed sliding gear manual transmission, live front suspension and ¾-floating rear axle with front and rear transverse leaf springs, and four-wheel mechanical drum brakes. Wheelbase: 103.5"
Source: RM Auctions