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Vehicle to be offered for Auction sale WITHOUT RESERVE and SOLD to the highest bidder August 13 – 15, 2015 at Russo and Steele’s 15th Annual Monterey, California Auction. Please contact us for more information.
When Ford’s new Model A finally replaced the long-running Model T in late 1927, it was at once more complex, yet much simpler to operate than the venerable old “Tin Lizzie.” The Model A`s new four-cylinder engine produced twice the power of its predecessor, while the exterior featured a number of modern and upscale Lincoln-derived design cues, thanks to the stylistic influence of Edsel Ford. Other advancements ushered in by the Model A included welded steel wire wheels, Houdaille-type double-acting shock absorbers, and more. Departing even further from the basic Model T concept, the Model A was also available in several attractive colors. Value-priced from just $460, the Model A was initially available in nine body types and delivered impressive value to buyers.
As expected, the introduction of the new Model A was highly anticipated event, featuring personal comments made by Henry Ford in a flurry of pre-launch advertising and interviews. Early Model A buyers included politician and future President of the United States Franklin D. Roosevelt, as well as several noted Hollywood actors, who posed for photos with their new Model A’s, enthused by their cars` fresh styling, sprightly performance, and overall economy. Indeed, with the Model A, Ford had perfected the art of effective product placement in one of the most successful new product launches in automotive history.
Most importantly, the Model A was a massive success, vaulting Ford past archrival Chevrolet for sales leadership in 1929. A gentle restyling for 1930 provided an overall bolder look with a lower center of gravity. The hood and radiator were raised, with the latter’s shell now made of stainless steel. Wheels were reduced in their diameters to 19 inches, lowering the car, while wider tires enhanced the car’s ride. The taller cowl height also allowed for the welcome addition of a higher-capacity fuel tank. Open models were updated with the Roadster and Phaeton gaining fold-down windshields, and Deluxe and Standard Roadsters now had different rooflines, with the Standard altered with a taller windshield and higher top. Hugely successful when new, Model As are highly collectible, enjoyable, and relatively inexpensive classics today, making them an ideal choice.
Finished in very nice colors and complete with a soft top and side curtains for weather gear, this handsome 1930 Model A was bought already restored by the current owner approximately three years ago. Excellent features and accessories include a radiator grille guard, a luggage box and rear luggage rack, dual side mounted spares, cowl lights, a jaunty rumble seat, and more. As now offered, this 1930 Model A offers a great way to enjoy the classic-car hobby and marks a wonderful opportunity at auction, selling to the highest bidder at No Reserve!