London,The Jack Barclay Showroom
10 September 2002
1930 FORD MODEL A FOUR SEAT PHAETON
Registration No. Not UK Registered
Engine No. CA 143 497
White and black, with blue vinyl interior
Engine: four cylinder 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. Right 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, 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 200.5 c.i. The horsepower was rated at 40bhp at 2,200 rpm. It had a lot of other desirable features too, including three forward speeds, cable-operated four wheel brakes, Houdaille double hydraulic shock absorbers, welded wire wheels and worm and peg steering. 1931 marked the final year of production for the Model A, by which time the model had evolved largely through minor changes in styling. Ford always sold a variety of models from flat-bed pick-up truck to four person phaeton as offered for sale, the original price for this model being $440.
Still wearing New Zealand registration plates, and a sticker alluding to use in the Canterbury branch of that country's Vintage Car Club, this Ford is thought to have been purchased from there by the current owner a decade ago.
The 'A' is presented in good cosmetic order, and would appear to have been the subject of a basic restoration at some stage. This has included the fitting of a new roof in black fabric and renewal of the interior in vinyl. The engine bay has also been repainted, but Christie's are not certain of the car's mechanical condition.
A standard example, it concurs in most respects with its model, with the sole addition of a flying bird mascot on the radiator cap.
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