1930 FORD MODEL A COUPE WITH RUMBLE SEAT
Engine No. A4288138
Black with cream coachline and black leather interior
Engine: four cylinders, in-line, 200.5ci, 40bhp at 2,200rpm; Gearbox: three-speed manual with overdrive; Suspension: semi-elliptic leaf springs front and rear; Brakes: mechanical four wheel drum. 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 extremely simple and much easier to drive than the Model T. The engine was an in-line L-head four with a three bearing crankshaft made of carbon manganese steel displacing 200.5ci. The horsepower was rated at 40bhp at 2,200 rpm. It had a lot of other desirable features as well including three forward speeds, cable-operated four wheel brakes, Houdaille double hydraulic shock absorber, welded wire wheels and worm and peg steering. 1931 marked the final year of production for the Model A, by which time it had evolved largely through minor changes in styling. Ford always sold a variety of models from flat bed pickup trucks to two-door coupes, as offered for sale here. The original price for this model was $500 and the color choices were grey, green, or black.
This handsome coupe is an example of an older, largely cosmetic restoration, and appears to have never been apart. The paintwork is in fair order, while its interior leather shows some wear. Under the hood the engine looks untouched and is commensurate with the odometer reading of 60,900 miles, which one may presume original. Since being purchased by the Brownings in 1981, this example has been used sparingly. These fun early Model A Fords represent one of the most durable engines ever built and this example should undoubtedly offer its next owner many years of dependable use.