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1930 Ford Model A Speedster

  • A nicely executed speedster conversion example
  • Equipped with a radiator stone guard, fender lights, and rear-mounted spare
  • Classic Model A power with a three-speed manual transmission

VIN: A3347695

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The introduction of the Ford Model A in late 1927 represents one of the most significant and dramatic business turnarounds of the 20th century. While many believed by late 1924 that Henry Ford's engineering and manufacturing genius had seen better days, Edsel Ford, Henry's visionary son, and Ford Motor Company President, successfully lobbied for the development of a replacement for the venerable Model T. Launched in 1927 for 1928, the all-new Model A was more complex, yet much simpler to operate than the beloved old "Tin Lizzie." A new four-cylinder engine produced twice the T's power output, while the exterior featured modern Lincoln-inspired cues.

As expected, the debut of the new Model A was a highly anticipated event, featuring personal comments by none other than Henry Ford in a flurry of pre-launch advertisements and widely circulated media interviews. Early customers included eventual U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, as well as several noted Hollywood stars who posed for photos with their new Model As, clearly enthused by the fresh styling and sprightly performance. Indeed, with the Model A, Ford had perfected the art of effective product placement in one of the most successful new product launches in all automotive history.

A fun and sporty open-air example of the historic model A, this example features a well-executed Speedster conversion. The body is finished in a dark red, while the fenders feature a navy-blue paint and the wire-spoke wheels are done in an eye-catching yellow. Features include a radiator stone guard, fender-mounted lights, Ford branded diamond step plates, a rear-mounted spare wheel, and a faux gas tank tucked behind the black bucket seats. This Speedster is motivated by a classic inline four-cylinder engine that displaces 201 cubic inches and is backed by a three-speed manual transmission.

Well-presented overall, this sporty and nicely equipped 1930 Ford Model A Speedster is a wonderful and historic example of Ford Motor Company's salvation during the late 1920s and '30s but, best of all, it is ready to be enjoyed.

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