Greg's List: 1930 Ford 5-Window Coupe
By Greg Warner
For the second time in Ford's history, they used the moniker, Model "A" ,(the first was for their 1903/1904 vehicles) to name their line-up of vehicles, which followed their extremely successful Ford Model "T",(produced from 1908 to mid-1927). The Model "A", which was also very successful, was produced from late1927 to 1931 (actual production ended in March, 1932), and unlike the 1914 through 1927 Model "T's", could be had in several colors, except for black (I think, because it was once stated by Mr. Ford, in a directive to his management team sometime in 1909, that in the future "any customer can have a car painted any color that he wants so long as it is black"). Due to its popularity, nearly five million Model "A's" were produced between October,1927 and March,1932 when the completely updated, Model "B" was introduced, as a new model for 1932.
The Model "A" was produced in over 30 different versions from a basic bare chassis (used by custom coach builders as a base) to several two and four door models to many truck variations. All models carried the durable, 201 c.i., L-head-4cyl engines and three-speed "sliding gear" manual transmission. They originally sold for anywhere from around $385.00 for a base model roadster, to about $1,400.00 for the top-of-the-line, "Town Car", model. The Model "A" was produced in many plants, all around the world, in places like Canada, England, Germany, France, Argentina and even the Soviet Union. Due to Henry Ford's innovations in assembly line production, the Model "A" continued the benefits of mass production introduced during the Model "T" era, on a global scale.
By the late 1930's the Model "A" coupes had become popular with the group of people known as "hot-rodders". These "pioneers" of the industry (initially from the southern California area) probably had no idea what they had begun and would be amazed at the "Hot Rod" scene of today. They cut, chopped, channeled and modified their way into building a hobby industry that is a huge market in its own right today. The "Hot Rod" phenomenon really took-off, after the end of WWII, with many GI's returning from the war scene and looking for some excitement and thrills, they began building their own personalized version of hot rod vehicle.
I remember back in the sixties and early seventies, many of my hot-rodding friends were called "greasers" and dressed a certain way, which always included slicked back hair and a black leather jacket, along with an attitude of "coolness". We would cruise the "strip", in our local areas, in our modified old-school rods and even many of them could afford the new "factory" hot rods now referred to as "muscle cars". Those were the days, happy days, fun times and who can forget John Milner's yellow coupe in the greatest movie of all time "American Graffiti" (a cult classic)!!!! I was driving a 1968 Chevelle SS396 at the time that movie came out and all I wanted was one of those cool coupes! I must have seen that movie 20 times that year, with 10 different girls (not because I was a Romeo, I just didn't want to go alone) and we usually went to the "outdoor" movie show, what a blast!!! Simply awesome!!!
This gorgeous, steel bodied street rod, a 1930 Ford, 5-window coupe, featured above, is being offered by Mecum Auctions (lot# KC0311-104849) at their Kansas City, MO auction the weekend of March 11 and 12, 2011. Check it out, and the many other fine cars they have crossing the "block" that weekend, as I am sure they will have something for everyone (as usual)!
Quiz of the week: Somehow, foreseeing the future, what was the name of the most popular song of 1930 by Ben Selvin?
Bonus question: What popular "sweet treat" from Hostess Bakeries, which is still popular today, was invented way back in 1930?
Answer: "Happy Days Are Here Again", Bonus: Twinkies
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