1929 Ford Model A Tudor Registration no. BF7661 Chassis no. A1409330
'The gift of being able to sugar the "pill" of utility with an attractive coating has always been a notable facet of the Ford Motor Company... Ford could make a utility car still look like a "car", low purchase price often being accompanied by a lively performance and good fuel economy...' - Bruce Hudson, British Light Cars 1930-1939.
Hudson's words are particularly apposite when one considers the Ford Model A. Replacement for the ubiquitous Model T, the Model A went on sale in December 1927. A more complex car than its predecessor, the 'A' was also more powerful, its four-cylinder sidevalve engine producing 40bhp - double the output of the T - which was good enough for a top speed of 65mph. A three-speed sliding gear transmission replaced the T's planetary gears, there was coil-and-battery instead of magneto ignition, and at last there was a brake for each wheel. The T's ungainly styling was abandoned, and the eagerly awaited Model A's up-to-the-minute looks, choice of colours and, needless to say, competitive pricing, helped ensure its success. Ford priced the new Model A at just $450 and would go to build 4.8 million over the next four years despite the prevailing economic gloom. Ford outsold Chevrolet 2-to-l in 1929/30 when more than 1.4 million were sold - the Model A's best year - and production continued until the V8's arrival in 1932 saw Ford's four-cylinder car renamed 'Model B'.
This left-hand drive Tudor (two-door) sedan was purchased in 2016 from a private collector in New Jersey, USA and imported into the UK, since when it has completed several local tours. Finished in green with brown fabric interior trim, the car is described by the private vendor as in generally good condition, starting easily and running well. Offered with a V5C Registration Certificate.