Ford Model A Sport Phaeton

A true connoisseur, Edsel Ford may be best remembered for his influential vision of bringing continental art and design to American automotive manufacturing. In 1929, as President of Ford Motor Company, he commissioned LeBaron to design a one-of-a-kind body for the new Model A chassis, an experimental project that married the mass-produced Ford car to bespoke style and luxury. This resulted in one of the most attractive, pre-war Fords ever made: a one-off luxurious custom and elegantly-sculptured dual-cowl sport phaeton for Edsel’s personal use and taste. The car’s extraordinary specifications include exclusive, French Stephen Grebel headlamps, a center-mounted Klaxon horn, exposed chrome detailing, and patent leather splash aprons. In the 1950s, this car was sold to the well-known antique car collector Vernon Jarvis, who stored it in an Illinois dairy barn where it remained for more than 50 years. The car was discovered surprisingly in the dilapidated barn in 2007 and has since been restored to the highest concours standards. Edsel Ford’s spectacular, LeBaron-bodied, bespoke Model A will make its first public appearance since restoration at the Scottsdale Auctions in January and will be offered with an extensive file of original documentation, photography, period magazine articles and Edsel’s Michigan registration. Its estimate is $325,000 - $400,000.

This car, Edsel Ford's 1930 Ford Model A Sport Phaeton, will be presented at Gooding & Company's 2013 Scottsdale Auctions on January 18 and 19.

Source: Photo copyright and courtesy of Gooding & Company. Image by Mike Maez.

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