The Ford Model A: A Brief History

The Ford Model A was the second biggest success for the Ford Motor Company after its more famous predecessor, the Model T.

First sold on December 2, 1927 it replaced the Model T which had been in production for 18 years. The new Model A was designated a 1928-year model and was available in four standard colors. By February 1929, one million Model As had been sold and by July of the same year, two million.

By March 1930, three million Model As were sold in nine body styles. Model A production ended in March 1932, after 4.8 million had been made in all body styles.

The Model A came in a variety of styles including:

  • Coupe (Standard and Deluxe)
  • Business Coupe
  • Sport Coupe (Standard and Deluxe)
  • Roadster Coupe
  • Convertible Cabriolet
  • Convertible Sedan
  • Phaeton (Standard and Deluxe)
  • Tudor Sedan (Standard and Deluxe)
  • Town Car
  • Fordor (five-window standard, three-window deluxe)
  • Victoria
  • Town Sedan
  • Station Wagon
  • Taxicab
  • Truck
  • Commercial

The Model A was the first Ford to use the standard set of driver controls with conventional clutch and brake pedals, throttle, and gear shift. Previous Fords used controls that had become uncommon to drivers of other makes and a rear-view mirror was optional! The Model A was also the first car to have safety glass in the windshield.

It’s not every day that our engines get to power a vehicle that’s almost 100 years old! How cool is this 1931 Ford?

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