For years, Model A fans have complained about how most newer
restorations are "over-done" and "over-accessorized," and they're
probably right. These were working-class cars that were affordable
and stylish, but still available to the regular guy. This lovely
1929 Ford sedan is not only a rather unusual body style, but has a
comfortable, used appearance that represents the way Model As
looked, say, back when they were still being used as real cars.
Basic black was, of course, Henry Ford's favorite color, but other
colors were available, including the handsome green shown here.
Ford was building hundreds of thousands of Model As, and the books
show that more than 240,000 2-door sedans were built in 1929,
making it the most popular model by far. The paint is quite old,
and the black fenders in particular are showing quite a bit of
wear, but the car really does have an honest, no-nonsense look that
we like a lot. For Ford fans, it's worth noting that this car isn't
over-dressed, using a proper single-stage paint that more closely
approximates the lacquer that was originally used. Contrasting
light yellow on the belt moldings adds a subtle touch that was
entirely Edsel Ford's doing, making the A attractive as well
functional. A single rear-mounted spare is a refreshing choice, and
the rear-mounted trunk makes this car a practical tour choice, too.
The plated grille is in decent condition for driving and the
long-grain vinyl top is still in great shape.
The upholstery isn't quite exact, but it is attractive inside the
sedan. More upscale than you'd expect, it has a comfortable 1920s
look and details like the shiny door hardware, map pockets in the
doors, and attractive garnish moldings add to the upscale look. The
A's usual single instrument panel with basic gauges remains the
highlight of the interior.
The 200 cubic inch inline-four is believed to be this car's
original engine and it's surprisingly energetic in the lightweight
little sedan. It's got proper green paint, although a proper
detailing would really make it shine. The 3-speed manual
transmission requires a light touch and a quick double-clutch to
grab gears, something you'll quickly master with the A's easy-going
nature, and the chassis is in good shape for a driver-grade car
with no notable issues. Freshly painted 21-inch wire wheels look
right and carry skinny Universal whitewall tires, which add the
right bit of seriousness to the simple little Ford. It looks
Not a show car and it doesn't seem to mind, this is a charming
Model A that's closer to the original intent than most of them out
there. Call today!
Collectible Motor Car of Atlanta
1750 Enterprise Way Suite 109 Marietta, GA 30067
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