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For Sale: 1931 Ford Model A
in Cleveland, Ohio

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Vintage Motor Cars Ohio
Vintage Motor Cars Ohio
26210 Emery Rd
Cleveland, OH 44128-2251
216-496-9492
Description
 
Spectacular older restoration and loaded with accessories. Numerous mechanical upgrades including overdrive. The best possible Model A for touring.

This 1931 deluxe roadster was restored in the 1990s to very high standards and just about every accessory and drivability upgrade possible was included in the job. Just one glance and you can see that this fully dressed roadster would make an ideal tour companion, but it also still shows quite well. Stone Brown is one of my favorite colors on these cars, at once subtle and unusual, making it stand out among an admittedly crowded field. Dark beltline trim with Straw pinstriping and wheels gives it some flash and some contrast, creating a car that looks far more expensive than it was in 1931. Paint and bodywork were extremely well done and save for some minor shelf wear, it looks fantastic today. We can find no evidence that this car was ever rusty or patched together from parts, and it’s obvious that someone spent a great deal of money on the restoration. Functionally, it also includes some discreetly-installed turn signal indicators on the rear bumpers and a low-mounted third brake light that dramatically improves safety and visibility.

The tan leather interior is by Lebaron-Bonney, Model A experts for decades, and while it’s a bit more upscale than the usual Model A, it sure looks great. The floor is covered by durable sisal carpets with a built-in heel pad, and while it’s not correct for a roadster (which would have used a rubber mat), it does help control heat and noise. A correct 1931 round speedometer instrument panel is full of fully functional instruments, including a restored speedometer and ammeter that’s fully compatible with the 12-volt alternator under the hood. Once again, it is loaded with accessories, including a column-mounted Boyce Moto-Meter temperature gauge that lights up with the headlights, turn signals, and that silver button below the clutch pedal you’re wondering about is for the Laycock DeNormanville overdrive unit. The rumble seat is upholstered to match, including the same sisal carpets on the floor, and the tan canvas top is piped in brown remains in excellent shape. A full set of side curtains and a top boot are included in the matching trunk, and I don’t know that they’ve ever been used.

This Model A is powered by the usual 201 cubic inch inline-four with lots of torque, and with 12 volts running through it, the start spins it with real vigor so it starts quickly. The engine was rebuilt at the time of restoration and shows about 6700 miles on it, so it is still quite fresh. Upgrades to the mechanicals include the aforementioned 12-volt conversion with an alternator, an electronic ignition with Mallory distributor, and a six-blade cooling fan that really does move a lot of air, so overheating, even at idle on a hot day such as when we took our photos, seems to be a complete non-issue.

The transmission is a standard Ford 3-speed and the Laycock-DeNormanville overdrive unit was probably scavenged from a late-model European car like a Volvo, and adds about a 30% overdrive, so this A is happy at 55 MPH. The chassis is fortified with an aftermarket low-effort steering box that certainly works as advertised—you can actually park this car like a modern car with power steering and simply palm the steering wheel to spin it. Brakes are effective and the car tracks straight and rides quite nicely, all more evidence of a careful restoration that didn’t neglect the important stuff. Even the wheels are beautifully presented with six bright 4.50-19 Firestone wide whites.

A fitted custom car cover is also included.

This is not a car for the purist, but if you are looking for a very high quality Model A that’s ideally suited for touring, you can scarcely do better than this. A great little car ready to drive and enjoy and loaded with extras.

For more details and photos, please visit www.VintageMotorCarsUSA.com.

STOCK/INV. NUMBER: 132251
Pricing Information
 
Asking Price
$29,900
or best offer
Vehicle Location


Country
United States
 
City, State
Cleveland, OH
Zip
44128-2251
Vehicle Basics

Trim Level
Deluxe Roadster

Odometer Reading
6745

Year
1931

VIN
A836841

Vehicle Category/Style
Antique

Convertible
Yes

Exterior Details

Vehicle Color(s)
Stone Brown

Restoration History
Fully Restored

Condition of Exterior
Very Good

Interior Details

Color(s)
Brown

Seat Material
Leather

Restoration History
Fully Restored

Condition of Interior
Very Good

Engine Details

Engine Configuration
Inline 4

Engine Size
200 cubic inches

Engine Features and Modifications


Engine History
Rebuilt

Engine Condition
Running

Transmission Details

Transmission Type
Manual

Drive Train
Rear-wheel drive

 
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