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1931 Ford Model A Special Delivery

  • 1 of just 904 model 255-A units produced
  • Excellent restoration with finely varnished wood panels
  • Birch and maple body originally built by Baker-Rauling Co. of Cleveland, Ohio
  • Unique two-door rear hatch and roll-up windows
  • Accompanied with a copy of its 1932 commercial vehicle registration

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Having closed the book on his very successful and long-running Model T, Henry Ford chose to return to the beginning of the alphabet for its successor, the Model A, introduced in December of 1927. Although bearing a familiar resemblance to its predecessor, the A was all-new in many ways. Along with the Model A platform, Ford introduced an array of light commercial vehicles, such as panel and special delivery trucks.

Based on the style 150-B second-generation Station Wagon, this Special Delivery is a rare and seldom-seen two-door variant. Priced at $615, whereas the steel panel delivery was about $400, only 904 units were produced, and it is believed that a mere 15 or fewer are known to survive today. Formerly owned and meticulously restored by master pattern maker and cabinetmaker, Vic Peres of Pennsylvania, this Special Delivery 255-A was finished to correct and show-quality standards. Beautifully restored and varnished to an impressive shine, the birch and maple body was originally built by the Baker-Rauling Company of Cleveland, Ohio. Like all Special Deliveries, this example is finished in Manila Brown with a single side-mounted spare tire and wheel. However, unlike other commercial vehicles, the 225-A has a bright stainless grille shell, headlight buckets, roll-up windows, and distinctive two-door barn-door style rear doors with unique hinges.

Under the hood, this Special Delivery has the standard Model A mechanicals, as it sports a 200.5-cubic-inch inline four-cylinder engine, which has been fully rebuilt and runs great. Capable of reaching speeds just below 50 miles per hour, it's ideal for parades, local shows, and making the occasional run to the hardware store.

Accompanying this rare Model A is a copy of its 1932 commercial vehicle registration. A rarely seen model, as it is believed to be 1 of less than 15 to survive today, this beautifully restored Special Delivery 255-A is a guaranteed eye catcher at any show or meet that it attends.

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