Henry Ford got it right with the Model T in 1909 – it was a remarkable piece of engineering which was marketed at an equally remarkable price – he planned to make a mass produced but well-built and reliable car at a price which one of his factory workers could afford and it worked because he sold over 15 million of them before production stopped in 1927. He reproduced the T’s success with the Model A which came to the market in late 1927 as Ford sold nearly 5 million of them in just over four years until production ceased in March 1932 following the introduction of the Model B.
Ford Model As are really good motor cars and it is not at all surprising that they are very popular today as they are great fun to drive as well as being robust and easy to maintain with an excellent spares back up – so much so that I can see no reason why you should not use one as daily transport should you so desire! They can also be very stylish like this fixed head sport coupe which has obviously been the subject of some serious expenditure in recent years as evidenced by a comprehensive set of photographs showing it undergoing a body-off restoration.
The general condition of the body and paintwork can fairly be described as top class as can the interior, the fabric "faux cabriolet" roof and the chrome work including the radiator shell and bumpers. The 3.3 litre four cylinder engine is surprisingly quiet and powerful, the gearbox, transmission and suspension all appear to be in very good order and the car drives very well with the characteristic Ford A punch from the power unit. It has also been fitted with door mirrors and flashing indicators to make it safer to drive and it comes with a phptocopy of an original Ford A maintenance manual.
In summary it is an excellent value for money car with great presence and driving appeal and Ford A’s are much in demand for showing, rallying and taking part in Vintage Sports Car Club events.