- Model A Restorers Club (MARC) Best of Show winner
- Less than 17,000 miles, believed original
- Well-known enthusiast ownership history
- An uncommon DeLuxe Model 40 roadster
The introduction of the Model A Ford in late 1920 represented one
of the most significant turnarounds for any automaker in the 20th
century. By the close of 1924, with sales of the Model T rapidly
sagging in the face of more sophisticated competition from
Chevrolet and Plymouth, many believed that Henry Ford's genius had
come and gone.
However, Ford's son Edsel, a visionary mind, successfully lobbied
his father into finally discontinuing his beloved "Tin Lizzie." The
Model A proved to be immensely popular. Produced only for four
model years, the A was an instant, nearly overnight classic.
Ultimately, more than 4.8 million Model As were built, and they
remain a staple of the automotive hobby to this day.
This beautifully original example from the final model year of
production is a true standout. An uncommon DeLuxe Model 40
roadster, it has been recognized as one of the finest Model As in
the world. Speaking to its superb quality, it was awarded Best of
Show at a Model A Restorers Club show at Greenfield Village in
Dearborn, Michigan, while in the ownership of Russell J. Gerrits of
Chicago, Illinois. It was subsequently owned by noted collectors
Paul and Katie Hedburn of Woodbridge, Illinois. When they sold the
car, it had 16,725 original miles.
Knowing Mr. and Mrs. Hedburn's reputation as collectors of truly
superb automobiles, the consignor purchased the car and, since that
time, has superbly maintained the Model A and driven it sparingly,
with the odometer still yet to break 17,000 original miles. It is a
truly special automobile, with an important provenance, which is
sure to make a splash at any Model A Restorers Club or AACA
Please note that this title is in transit.
To view this car and others currently consigned to this auction,
please visit the RM website at rmsothebys.com/en/auctions/hf19