Today’s featured ride is a 1931 Ford Model A Roadster. 1931 was the last year of production for the Model A, which replaced the venerable Model T. Available in four body styles at its debut in 1927, the Model A had developed three additional configurations by 1931. Depending on the year, you could get a Model A as a convertible sedan, a roadster pickup, a station wagon, a deluxe coupe, or, in the case of today’s Model A, a roadster. Each model was powered by a 3.3-liter L-head inline four paired with a three-speed manual, and for the first time in Ford history, the driver used the now-standard arrangement of controls: a floor-mounted lever for the gearshift, plus conventional clutch, brake, and throttle pedals.
This particular Model A was a fixture of current owner Tim Andrew’s childhood, but he wouldn’t own the car until thirty-odd years later.
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Many moons ago, when I was in high school, A Model A pickemup truck was pressed in to service to deliver car parts. Sounded like the rods were about to fly out but never gave a lick of trouble.