FROM THE MISSOULA AUTO MUSEUM COLLECTION: Vehicle to be offered for Auction sale WITHOUT RESERVE and SOLD to the highest bidder January 19th - 22nd, 2017 at Russo and Steele's 17th Annual Scottsdale Arizona Auction at the Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. Please contact us for more information. When it finally replaced the Model T in late 1927, Ford's all-new and long-awaited Model A came as a huge relief to company executives and Ford's dealer network. While certainly more sophisticated than its predecessor, the Model A was in fact much simpler to drive and operate than the venerable old "Tin Lizzie." Priced from just $460, the Model A was initially available in nine body styles and in keeping with Ford Motor Company tradition, it provided immense utility and value. The Model A's introduction was a highly anticipated event, where Ford proved that it had perfected the art of effective product placement in one of the most successful new-car launches in automotive history. A mild styling update for 1930 brought fold-down windshields to the Roadster and Phaeton, while the Deluxe and Standard Roadsters now had different rooflines, with the Standard distinguished by its taller windshield and top. In mid-year, the four-passenger Deluxe Phaeton appeared, with a sporty two-door body and a lower roofline. Just 3,946 examples were produced for 1930, followed by only 2,229 for the 1931 calendar year. The 1930 Ford Model A Phaeton offered here is tastefully finished in tan with brown fenders, orange spoked wheels, and complementary brown leather upholstery. Handsomely presented, it is the product of a recent and complete restoration with numerous desirable updates for ease of operation including a 12-volt electrical system, pressure radiator, leak proof water pump, Float-A-Motor, motor mounts, a complete LeBarron Bonney top and interior, and new tires. This Phaeton also has dual side mounted spare tires with mirrors, a luggage rack, and cowl lights. Always desirable and a great example of Ford's expanding product line of the early 1930s, this very rare and recently restored Model A Phaeton is a must-have for any serious collector of the most significant automobiles produced in America.