There are those who say that interest in pre-war cars is waning,
but this 1930 Model A will always have a ready, willing, and
enthusiastic audience waiting for it. Loaded with virtually every
accessory available, this well-sorted roadster is ideal for touring
and looks like a far more substantial and expensive car than it
The jaunty color combination gives this Model A a flashy look without being too obvious about it. The high-quality restoration is holding up pretty well, even though the car has been driven and enjoyed, and the look is one that attracts attention everywhere it goes. The contrasting black fenders and belt moldings give it a detailed look that belies its humble, affordable status, and while it is definitely showing some signs of age, it looks quite presentable going down the road and at casual shows. Accessories include a grille guard, wind wings, step plates, and dual taillights that are an important safety upgrade. Out front, there's a Boyce Moto-Meter to monitor coolant temperature and the spare tire carries not only a tidy cover, but also uses an accessory protector between the bumpers to give it a finished look. Henry Ford's "rustless steel" looks great and shines up easily, protecting the headlights and grille so they'll look this good practically forever.
The brown leatherette interior also accurately duplicates the factory look, with wide pleats and plain door panels that are ideal for the back-to-basics roadster. All open cars got a rubber mat up front, and the hard rubber steering wheel was universal, too. More stainless steel forms the simple center instrument panel that's recently been buffed to a great shine. A black vinyl top isn't exactly correct, but it fits well and the black contrasts nicely with the bodywork, and the rumble seat area has been upholstered to match the interior. It's actually quite comfortable back there once you master the climbing part, and with the top down, the Model A looks quite sporting. Even with the top up, the rear window can be opened so you can carry on a conversation with the folks in the rumble seat.
Mechanically, every Model A passenger car was identical, with the same 40-horsepower 200 cubic inch inline-four. Thanks to a generous torque curve and a playful, tossable nature, the Model A feels quick on the road and will happily cruise at 45 MPH. This one has been rebuilt to spec, keeping its 6-volt electrical system and generator, plus the flat copper spark plug leads that are a Model A trademark. It fires quickly with just a little tweaking of the choke and settles into that instantly-recognizable Model A idle. The engine bay isn't exactly pretty, but the way this Model A runs and drives will reassure you that it has definitely been maintained by an expert. The 3-speed manual transmission requires a quick double-clutch between gears, but it's easy to master and the equipment is durable enough not to mind while you practice. Braking is decent for a mechanical system and the suspension feels downright agile compared to most of its peers, making this roadster a very enjoyable car on the road. Six correct straw-colored wire wheels have been fitted with 4.75-5x19 wide whites, giving the humble little Ford a very upscale look indeed.
A handsome, fun car, the Model A roadster remains near the top of every Ford fan's wish list. If you like to drive, this is a great choice. Call today!
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