1930 Ford Model A Roadster
In 1927 feeling the heat from his competition, and after a long run
with the Model T, Henry Ford reluctantly retooled his assembly
line, changed some of his manufacturing processes, and the Model A
was born. Eventually it would become wildly popular, outselling the
Model T, and offered in 9 different body styles.
This unmolested 1930 Ford Model A Roadster was the beneficiary of
an older restoration of sorts and is shown in worn condition. With
some faults, a nice color combination, a new distributor and
wiring, newer rear shocks, but all Henry steel this better than
barn find Model A is a blank canvas that will allow your
imagination to run wild.
A forest green hue covers the metal upper panels of this roadster.
Some areas of bubbling, prior repairs and poor paint preparation
are noted, and the hinge to the cowled hood is showing some rust
formations. Contrasting black fenders make up the lower section of
the car and mimic the condition of the body. Black is painted on
delicate looking wire wheels with their now cast-iron drum brakes
in the centers and are set off with chrome hub caps. These are
surrounded with Firestone blackwall thin tires, and a spare wheel
and tire assembly is nested on the back just behind the rumble
seat. A dual period taillight set up and split dual bar chrome
bumpers frame this spare and for the front of the car, vented metal
side panels that fold upward to reveal the engine compartment. A
nice grille, topped with a chromed cap is flanked by 2 oversized
headlamps, an original chromed front bumper, and an ahooga style
horn. A cream canvas convertible top is on but is in worn condition
and we didn't risk putting it up for fear of disintegration.
Brown colored vinyl covers a bench seat and is slightly loose and
has black tape covering rips on the driver's lower cushion. The
flooring is made up of a mix of wood and black painted steel and is
holding up well. Up front, the metal dash, also in black has a
centrally located "mask" style chromed instrument cluster, which
shows original gauges. A period style extra large steering wheel,
tall shift lever, as well as a handbrake can be seen in the
compartment. White steel makes up the door panels and the rear side
panels are covered in red vinyl.
Under the cowled hood is a 201ci 4-cylinder engine that runs
decently. Not in perfect condition, with some surface rust and
black paint surrounding the engine a bit chipped especially on the
firewall. A 3-speed sliding gear manual transmission is bolted to
the back and way in the back, the rear axle weighs in with a 3.78
ratio. Also in lieu of the generator, an alternator has been
A solid steel black frame gives support to the wooden and stamped
steel flooring. Overall the flooring is good but the stamped steel
section is showing invasive rust in a few areas. The body hangers
and underside of the running boards are solid with only minor
surface rust and patina present. Transverse leaf springs are on all
4 corners and mechanical drum brakes as well. A glass pack style
muffler is installed.
The highlight of this car despite its looks and condition, is
definitely the drive-ability. A made for touring in style of the
roaring 20's, this car accelerates nicely, and actually runs along
at speed, (45-50mph?), easily. Shifting is smooth, and all seems
tight and squeak free. All functions are working as they
Reluctantly the time has come for someone else to take tender
loving care of this 1930 Model A roadster. A great imagination is
all one needs to allow the new owner of this beautiful piece of
Ford history to drive it right out of the Classic Auto Mall and
begin enjoying it immediately. Ahhhhhhooga!
Classic Auto Mall is a 336,000-square foot classic and special
interest automobile showroom, featuring over 650 vehicles for sale
with showroom space for up to 1,000 vehicles. Also, a 400 vehicle
barn find collection is on display.
This vehicle is located in our showroom in Morgantown,
Pennsylvania, conveniently located just 1-hour west of Philadelphia
on the I-76 Pennsylvania Turnpike. The website is
www.classicautomall.com and our phone number is (888) 227-0914.
Please contact us anytime for more information or to come see the
vehicle in person.