5 June 2005
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1928 FORD MODEL A PHAETON
Engine No. A56322
Stone brown with black fenders and brown interior
Engine: four cylinder, in-line, 200.5ci, 40bhp at 2,200rpm; Gearbox: three speed manual; Suspension: front semi-elliptic leaf springs and rear transverse leaf springs; Brakes: four wheel mechanical. Left hand drive.
Probably no event in the pre-war automotive world was more awaited than the introduction of the Model A Ford in 1927. When the Model T Ford dwindled down from being the best-selling car on earth to a precious few sales, there were those who thought Henry Ford had 'lost it' and that time had passed him by. His son, Edsel, is given the credit for suggesting that Henry replace the Model T with something more modern. He was snubbed for his efforts but, eventually, Henry came around and the Model A Ford was introduced in 1927 as a 1928 model.
The Model A had a high body with a flat vertical windshield and was more attractive than the antique looking 'T'. It was an extremely simple car and was much easier to drive than its predecessor. The engine was an in-line L-head four cylinder with a three bearing crankshaft made of carbon-manganese steel displacing 200.5ci. The horsepower was rated at 40bhp at 2,200rpm. It had many of other desirable features as well, including three forward speeds, cable-operated four wheel brakes, Houdaille double hydraulic shock absorbers, welded wire wheels, and worm and peg steering. The price was $500 for the basic Model A Tudor and the color choices were grey, green or black. Among the options were a variety of models including the two door roadster, the coupe, the flatbed pickup truck and the very attractive Ford Phaeton.
The Model A Phaeton provides an ideal family touring car with comfortable seating for four adults. This example is representative of an older restoration and the paintwork is beginning to show some age. The stone brown body with black fenders is set off by the original red wire wheels complete with single side mount with attached rear view mirror. The car comes complete with wind wings, a Ford travel trunk and cover on the rear and canvas side curtains. While this car is largely presentable and in fair condition it has been an undetermined number of years since it last ran and will require re-commissioning. This is a complete and honest example.
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