The Auburn Auction

Lot 12
1929 Ford Model A Roadster

Selling on Saturday Evening

1929 Ford Model A Roadster
Offered from The Roaring Twenties Collection

CHASSIS NO: A4435036

• Iconic and well-known car
• Features include a rear luggage trunk and rumble seat
• A genuine piece of Ford history

200.5 cid L-head inline four-cylinder engine, 40 HP, three-speed sliding gear manual transmission with single reverse gear, solid front axle and live rear axle with transverse semi-elliptic leaf springs, four-wheel mechanical drum brakes; wheelbase: 103.5

Upon completion of the Model Ts nearly 20-year production run, Ford introduced the Model A as the successor to the Tin Lizzie". A wide array of options was available on this lineup, beginning with the Roadster at $385 and ending with the top-of-the-line Town Car at $1,400. Reverting to the first letter of the alphabet was Fords way of symbolizing the tremendous impact this vehicle would have on the company. Like its predecessor, the Model A had a four-cylinder L-head engine and semi-elliptic front and rear transverse springs. Aside from that, the Model A was comprised of over a thousand more parts and components than the T. For starters, the water-cooled engine of the Model A was twice as powerful and could attain a top speed of 65 miles per hour. The magneto starting system was replaced with a conventional battery ignition, and the planetary transmission gave way to a sliding gear three speed unit. While exterior features did maintain a link with those of the Model T, larger tires and a high belt line showed that obvious design influence from Lincoln was used in the A.

Offered here from The Roaring Twenties Museum Collection is this beautiful Model A roadster. Full crown fenders, wire spoke wheels, and a Washington blue body perfectly mingles with the yellow pinstriping and tan top. This Model A brilliantly displays its bright trim, tastefully added chrome, and other exterior features, emphasizing greatly on the cars visual appeal. Equipment such a combination tail and stop light, windshield wiper, and front/rear bumpers now came standard as well. The interior and rumble seat are dressed in a rich brown upholstery, which beautifully contrasts with the color scheme of the exterior. Dual side-mounted covered spares, a rear-mounted trunk, runningboard gates and wind wings give this Model A its very elegant and charming look. The waffle manifold and firewall heat outlet door indicate that this car once had the clever yet primitive heater.

Garnering credit solely through its sales performance, the Model A remains one of the most successful production cars to date. By February of 1929, one million Model As had been sold, a number that would jump to two million before the end of July. By March of the following year, Model A sales hit an astounding three million. This 1929 Model A Rumble Seat Roadster is truly a beautiful car and should be enjoyed by its new owner for years to come.

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