Classic Car Overview
1930 Ford Model A Tudor When the Model A was introduced in December 1927, there were actually riots in a few U.S. cities. In one week, 20 percent of the population (25 million people) attempted to get to their neighborhood Ford dealer to see the new car. The difference between the Model A and Model T was like night and day, and the public liked what they saw, buying about 5 million Model As between 1927 and 1931. While the T was nicknamed Tin Lizzie, the A became known as the Baby Lincoln because of the similar styling. For consignment, an older restoration but since this, there has been extensive mechanical work performed all documented. Suspension, brakes, intake and exhaust manifolds, zenith carburetor, rebuilt distributor, and new radial tires. The neat aspect of this was the work was performed by an elderly Model A expert who did it in his spare time, at his own pace. So here we are in 2021, did it take that long??! Exterior This writers award goes to this car for the best color combination on a Model A. All straight rust-free panels, minding their gaps very well, are bathed in green which is just beautifully applied. On the beltline of the doors is a metal molding with a hint of light green applied on all the cars uppers for some nice contrast. Paint is just a bit patinated and shows minor bubbling, scratching and light rust on various spotty areas of the older restoration. A beautiful near perfect textured vinyl top covers the roof and this presents to us in black. Wonderfully designed fenders, in black, frame 21-inch black wire spoked wheels, wrapped in new wide white radials to the tune of 4.75/5.00x19s. All chrome on this car is just pristine, and mirror-like. From the radiator surround to the dual bar bumpers, door handles, rear view mirrors and taillight bezels its all there and squared away. A canvas wrapped spare hangs from the rear of this car, and if you look at the beautiful line from any angle, youll agree this car is 100 percent cool ragtime design. The Sting! Interior Pulling open the doors we see pristine wool door panels in tan, handles and cranks are just perfect and have the neatest 30s style escutcheons. Moving inside is more wool covered overstuffed buckets with low backs, and plenty of cream wide piping to frame the wool. In back, a snazzy overstuffed tuck and roll wool covered bench/couch for ultimate passenger comfort, and in tune of the roaring 20s with flapper excess. Upfront is a curved green painted dash in an eyebrow design. Keeping it simple is the theme with a central chromed mask style instrument cluster surround. A black bakelite big steering wheel with spark advance fronts the dash, and above is a nice tight tan wool fuzzy cloth headliner. Shucks! Thats just all dandy. Drivetrain Opening the cowled vented hood, we see a perfectly restored and well maintained inline 4 cylinder engine. This is just perfect with no rust, and some notes of caution on the use of distilled water only, and a warning that it is a 6-volt positive ground, before you begin to fool around! 201 cubes will cover it, and it has a single barrel carburetor to feed it. A 3-speed manual transmission is on the back of this stout 4 popper. Just showroom under here, which is yet another winning highlight to this beautiful example. And all that recent aforementioned mechanical work and it runs like a clock. Yowza! Undercarriage Like new with all clean black metal floor pans, frame, and structural elements to hold the body on tightly. Transverse leaf springs are on all 4 corners, as are mechanical drum brakes, all clean and green. (Well actually black!) Drive-Ability To drive one, is to know how to start one, and it was off to the races with this excellent example. It started right up, idled smoothly, and ran like a champ with nice acceleration, simple easy steering, and solid braking. You will not break any world speed records, but it will definitely get you where you want to go. All in working clean condition on the driving side. The late 1920s roared into the halls of Classic Auto Mall, all in perfect style, beautiful color combination, and turnkey drive away condition. Very well done, and in its 83rd year. Plenty of TLC, and caring hands have kept this car as Henry made it and needs to be seen to be really appreciated. So, view the photos carefully, and if you can make it in, it will be worth your while. If not, it speaks for itself (with my help!). I guess it could be a speakeasy?