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. On October 21, 1927, the first all-new Ford Model A was produced, following a lengthy plant shutdown that paved the way for the eventual public introduction six weeks later of the long-awaited successor to the long-running Model T. While bearing a family resemblance to its predecessor, the Model A marked a clear step forward. Power was delivered by larger and upgraded 200.5 cubic-inch engine developing 40 horsepower - twice the output of the old Model T. The old two-speed planetary transmission of the 'T' was replaced by a new three-speed selective sliding gear transmission, though transverse leaf springs and torque-tube drive remained. More complex and sophisticated, yet simpler to operate, the Model A included new four-wheel brakes and was noticeably larger, with a 103.5-inch wheelbase and a 700-pound weight increase over the outgoing Model T. Most noticeable of the many changes ushered in by the Model A was its styling. Quite reminiscent of the Lincoln, the Model A was designed under the watchful eye of Henry's talented son Edsel, whose eye for design would soon become every bit as famous as Henry's engineering and production-line expertise. Departing even further from the basic Model T concept, the Model A was available in a choice of several available colors. Priced from just 460, the Model A was initially available in nine body types and continued to provide Ford buyers with immense value for the money. The public loved the new Model A from the beginning, queuing up at dealer showrooms for a first look and placing orders that the factories took months to fulfill. While changed little throughout Model A production, Ford applied a gentle restyling for 1930, giving the car a bolder look and a lower center of gravity. The hood and radiator were raised, with the latter's shell now of stainless steel, wheel size was reduced to 19 inches, wider tires gave a better ride, and the higher cowl allowed a larger fuel tank. As one of the most popular and recognized body styles available, this 1930 Ford Model A rumble seat coupe is also one of the most sporty and desirable. Offered without reserve and in virtual showroom condition, this beautiful example starts right up, drives well, and stops as it should. As such, it offers a great classic experience and marks an outstanding and important classic Ford.