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For Sale: 1931 Ford Model A in Saint Louis, Missouri

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One challenge that follows a groundbreaking invention is the task of designing a suitable replacement when the original idea becomes obsolete. Particularly in the early days of the automobile, changing public tastes, advancements in technology, and free-market competition created a near-constant need to evolve. For Henry Ford, evolution was not something for which he particularly cared. His Model T had revolutionized the automobile industry, wiping many upstart automakers off the map virtually overnight. By the mid-1920s, the Model T and its production methods stood among the most significant inventions of the twentieth century, with sales approaching fifteen million units. Ford was one of the most powerful industrialists in the world, yet he seemed resistant to change the Model T, even as competitors encroached on its success. As the T soldiered on, General Motors caught up and gradually eroded Ford sales, eventually surpassing them. It took a dramatic drop in sales, and Ford dealers sounding alarms for Henry Ford to finally warm to the idea of a follow-up act for the venerable Model T. The new Model A's design incorporated many of the same fundamental principles which the Model T pioneered. Ford's Design for Manufacturability ethos meant the Model A would be as efficient to build as the T while being able to accommodate more customizable options and features that buyers now demanded. From a technical standpoint, the Model A represented a vast improvement over the T. Power came from a 201 cubic inch, water-cooled, L-head inline four. At 40 hp, it was nearly twice as powerful as the T. Gone was the complicated planetary gearbox with its levers and pedals, replaced by a 3-speed sliding gear transmission with conventional three-pedal controls for throttle, four-wheel brakes, and clutch. The chassis had far superior handling and ride quality, braking was vastly improved, and the car was capable of topping out at 65 miles per hour. Nearly as important as the technical specification was Henry Ford's relenting to his son Edsel when it came to the look of the new car. The elder Ford had a particular disdain for the frivolities of cosmetic appearance, so he turned the task of styling to his son. Interestingly, Edsel had a natural gift for aesthetics, capitalizing on his experience as the top man at Lincoln to design a handsome and modern car that was on par with trends set by the competition. Simultaneously the end of one era and the beginning of another, the Ford Model A was a resounding success, selling over four million examples between the 1928 and 1931 model years. Today as it was then, the Model A is affordable, delightful to drive and easy to service, and it remains a cornerstone of the collector car hobby with tremendous popularity, and parts support the world over. This desirable 1931 Model A Deluxe Roadster is a classic example of the iconic 30's Ford. Presented with a well-maintained restoration finished in a handsome maroon over black livery, this Deluxe-trim model is well-equipped with a host of period options and accessories. The older restoration shows some light patina yet remains lovely, with good-quality paintwork and lots of period-correct detailing. Fittings include proper Ford Twolite headlamps, pheasant mascot, dual side-mount spares, twin taillights, and a folding trunk rack. Red painted wire wheels with new Firestone whitewall tires provide a lovely accent to the body colors and lend to the car's upmarket, deluxe appearance. Attractive and well-equipped, this Model A roadster is prime for on-road enjoyment. The no-frills cockpit of a Model A is a refreshing counterpoint to today's distraction-laden machines. The driver gets all they need and nothing else, with well laid-out controls, simple instrumentation, and a comfortable two-passenger seat, and this example offers the benefit of a folding roadster top and opening windscreen for fair weather drives. Tan upholstery on the seats and door panels along with complementary brown carpeting are in excellent order, with the same colors and materials repeating on the rumble seat. The roadster top is trimmed in beige canvas with tan piping to match the interior. Thanks to recent servicing, the 201 cubic-inch four-cylinder runs very well and is ready for casual drives and tours. An alternator is fitted in the interest of reliable running, and the engine presents in clean, tidy condition, finished in correct Ford green paint. These engines are simple yet durable, with tremendous aftermarket parts support. This car sends power through an original-type 3-speed manual gearbox. While it is unsynchronized, shifting is easily mastered, with a pleasing mechanical feel. It only takes a short drive in a Model A to appreciate why they are such widely loved classics. This desirable rumble-seat roadster is well-sorted and ideally suited for enjoyment in club events, casual tours, and weekend adventures.

Vehicle Details

  • Listing ID:CC-1230151
  • Price:$23,500
  • Location:Saint Louis, Missouri
  • Year:1931
  • Make:Ford
  • Model:Model A
  • Odometer:0
  • Stock Number:6477
  • VIN:AX4729819

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