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Not every car has to be a show piece, and this 1929 Ford Model A
tudor sedan shows you how easy it is to get into the hobby for not
a lot of cash. If your interest runs towards early iron, you can't
do much better than a Model A, and this one offers use-it-now
utility with a great look and plenty of practicality. It's also a
ball to drive!
Sedans are a great way to enjoy old cars. Sure, the roadsters and phaetons get all the attention, but as soon as the weather turns rainy or cold, everyone will be eyeing your roll-up windows and spacious back seat. The Model A looks quite stylish with two doors, too, showing off ideal proportions that make the small car look impressive. The blue paint is in excellent shape, and it has a bright, honest look that suits the workaday Model A. There are signs of use because someone truly loved this car and used it as intended, but nothing stands out and it looks great even from a few feet away. Panel fit is decent and it doesn't look like this car was ever rusty, and the crisp edges on the body moldings mean there are no nasty surprises hiding underneath. Straw-colored pinstripes highlight the belt moldings, a detail that didn't cost Henry all that much but paid big dividends in terms of how upscale the cars looked. The black fenders were the only available color on a Model A, and the bright pieces like the radiator and headlights are chrome instead of the original nickel for easy maintenance.
The interior has the same finished look as the exterior, nicely finished and ideal for touring. The tudor sedan was the best seller and with a pair of bucket seats up front, it's easy for everyone to get comfortable. Gray cloth upholstery makes sure the seats are comfortable and they don't show any rips, tears or other issues, so it's ready to enjoy. There's room for five and the back seat in particular is impressively spacious with plenty of legroom. The traditional Model A center instrument panel shines up nicely and the hard rubber steering wheel is in fantastic shape for its age. Front seat passengers get a rubber mat while there are correct carpets in back, and both door panels have their own map pockets, which is handy in a car where the dashboard is also the gas tank. And for affordable transportation, the little details like the window garnish moldings and door hardware are nicely detailed.
The same 200 cubic inch inline four that powers all Model As lives in this one, and it makes the same happy sounds and makes the same impressive torque. The sturdy little cast iron motor is as reliable as a cinder block and still runs all its original components, including an updraft carb, original distributor, and generator. Recent hoses and correct clamps are a nice touch, and the block wears correct Ford Green paint that shows a bit of age. The 3-speed manual transmission is non-synchronized, but double-clutching is easy, and the gear ratios are well-suited to around-town driving. Bright wire wheels are correct and carry right-sized 4.75/5.00-21 Firestone blackwalls.
Old cars can be a ton of fun, especially when they run well and don't cost a fortune. This Model A will teach you the basics and will always be ready when you are. Call today!