Ford Model A
Reviewed by Unique Cars and Parts
Our Rating: 3
The Model A Ford was the successor to the popular Model T, it first being released to the public on December 2nd, 1927. Ford desperately needed the Model A, with sales of the once popular Model T having been in decline for several years.
By 1927 other manufactures, most noteably Chevrolet, had introduced the innovative production line techniques used by Ford, and were now not only more price competitive, but also far more individualistic, their offerings boasting a more comprehensive array of features and standard kit.
After the last Model T rolled of the assembly line, Henry Ford halted all production for 6 months while he re-tooled the factory to prepare for the manufacture of the Model A.
Perhaps the most pressing need for the new model was to do away with the Model T’s starter crank, it having proved to be not only cumbersome but also dangerous, having managed to break many a hapless motorists arm!
To bring the new car up to the standards of the competition, Ford also needed to add some creature comforts combined with better levels of safety.
Standard equipment included: 4 wheel mechanical brakes, speedometer, hydraulic shock absorbers, starter, windshield wipers, dash lights, mirror, gas gauge and tools. And perhaps best of all, there was now a choice of 4 colours.
The Model A's were available in a multitude of configurations, such as the top of the line Fordor in either 2 or 3 window, Victoria, Truck, Town Car, Convertible Cabriolet, Phaeton, Business Coupe, Sport Coupe, Roadster Coupe, and Coupe. And there was the all new 'Town Sedan', America's first assembly-line station wagon.
The L-head 4-cylinder engine had now grown to 200 cubic inches in capacity, and the planetary transmission now afforded three forward gears and, of course, reverse.
While the dimensions and weight varied, Ford advertised the top speed of the Model A at approximately 60 miles per hour, and best of all it offered exceptional fuel economy at over 40 miles per gallon.
The base price was $750, and an options list included a rear seat for $100, rubber roof for an additional $30, and upmarket leather roof was $50.
During the production lifespan of the Model A, lasting until August 31, 1931, Ford produced 4,320,446 Model A's, it then being replaced by the Model B.