This is an intriguing vehicle: 1929 was the first year for
wood-bodied station wagons by Ford. The first was built for Edsel
Ford's estate "Skylands" on Mount Desert Island in Maine. The
second went to Murray Body's C.W. Avery who led building Ford's
vast woodlands and mill property in northern Michigan known as Iron
Mountain. This car's chassis number, A2211710 is midway through the
1929 Model A sequence and must have been one of the few "150-A"
station wagons built by Murray for 1929-30 before production
shifted to Iron Mountain and Baker-Raulang. Restored in the highly
regarded shop of Ford woodie specialist Nick Alexander, this is a
marvelous Model A finished in the standard color of Manila Brown
with black fenders and aprons. It has bright red wire wheels,
blackwall tires and a single sidemount spare. The roof and
windshield sun visor are black cobra grain while the upholstery is
black leatherette. Tan canvas side curtains provide weather
protection for the occupants of the three-row seats. The maple body
framing, presumably from Iron Mountain and fabricated by Mengel
Body in Louisville, Kentucky, and birch panels are gorgeous and
recently refinished with gloss varnish. There are minimal
accessories but include a Ford-branded interior rear view mirror
with integrated clock, a winged Ford-branded MotoMeter,
Ford-branded Twolite headlights, a driver's side mirror and a horn.
The 201 cubic inch, 40 horsepower engine is authentic Ford green
with period-style hoses, clamps and wiring. The chassis is neatly
restored and authentic. It is difficult to critique the older paint
other than crazing on one fender. Wood-bodied station wagons are a
recurring theme among Fords right into the 1950's but they all
began with the Murray-bodied, Mengel fabricated 1929-30 Model As
with wood sourced from Iron Mountain, developed by Edsel Ford and
implemented by C.W. Avery at Murray in 1929-30. Offers welcome and
trades considered For additional details please view this listing
directly on our website
1929 Ford Model A
Location:Saint Louis, Missouri
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