While the Ford Model T had been a market success, sales were falling after 18 years, and Henry Ford’s staff finally convinced him to retire it. The new Model A was more stylish with beautiful, Lincoln-inspired bodywork, thanks to the unsung design savvy of his son Edsel. It was also mechanically advanced, with the engine providing 40 HP at the flywheel for a top speed of 65 mph.
As well as the United States, there were Ford Model A plants in the UK, Argentina, Japan, Canada, Italy, Denmark, Germany and France.
It became Ford’s second market success: over five million Model As were sold within the four model years of 1929-1931.
There were several improvements with the 1929 model, such as the more reliable generator, carburetor and starter drive. Twice as much horsepower, front brakes and shock absorbers were also welcome additions. It was the first Ford with a standard conventional clutch, brake pedals, gear shift and throttle. Even more importantly, it was the first car to offer a windshield with safety glass.
Also hallmarks of the 1929 Ford roadsters: optional rumble seat, optional wind wings, optional spare tire side mount, exterior door handles, the teacup-shaped tail lamp and the Twolite headlamp, making it the first Ford with a true high beam. This car has all these options.
This classic 1929 Model A has benefitted from a body-off faithful restoration. Everything is correct and no detail was left undone, with everything restored authentically down to the iconic Goodyear Diamond Tread black tires. The orange pinstriping is yet another example of the detail that the owner put into this car.
While the interior is authentically covered in gray vinyl, the rumble seat is adorned with brown vinyl provided by LeBarron Bonney, and both the front and rumble seat floors have correct black rubber mats.
It has won several local car show awards, including:
2021 First Place/Best of Class, Ohio Region Classic Car Club of America, Stan Hywet Father’s Day Car Show
2021 Best 30s Prior, South Russell Police Charity Car Show
2018 First Place/Best of Class, Ohio Region Classic Car Club of America, Stan Hywet Father’s Day Car Show
With the restoration finished in 2018, this stunning roadster has been maintained in wonderful condition and kept in heated storage. To see this iconic roadster, you would think it was just restored: no paint chips, no interior wear, and the chrome and undercarriage both look freshly done. The owner has driven the car approximately 2,500 since its restoration was completed.
Not only is this Model A historically significant, but it’s easy to maintain, remarkably affordable and easy to drive.
This lovely timepiece will give its new owner many miles of touring pleasure in the years to come. It’s ready to show and certain to bring home trophies as well as garner admiration.