The Auburn Auction

Lot 1168
1931 Ford Model A Coupe

Selling on Friday

1931 Ford Model A Coupe
Offered from The Dakota Discoveries Collection

CHASSIS NO: 4069916

• Bought by Uncle Frank in 1934 and still in the family today
• The final year of Model A Coupe production
• Rumble seat for your favorite mother-in-law
• Purchase includes a custom car cover and battery tender

201 cid inline four-cylinder engine, 40 HP, three-speed manual transmission, transverse mounted front and rear leaf spring suspension, drum brakes; wheelbase: 112

The Ford Model A of 19281931 was the second huge success for the Ford Motor Company, after its predecessor, the Model T. First produced on October 20, 1927, it replaced the venerable Model T, which had been produced for 18 years. The first Model A was designated as a 1928 model and was available in four standard colors. In March 1930, Ford celebrated when Model A sales hit three million, and there were now nine body styles available. The Model A was produced through 1931, and these final year Model As are particularly desirable.

The Model A was the Ford Motor Company's dive into style, and a five-window coupe like this was one of the best ways they showed it. This starts with the vintage two-tone paint with matching painted spoke wheels. Uncle Frank bought the car in 1934, and finally restored it himself back in the 70s. He was a craftsman who chose to create new wood trim throughout, and he did a fine job of custom reupholstering the car with brown houndstooth cloth. The current owner states he wanted to buy this car since he was a teen, and finally was able to buy it and freshen it in 1999 upon Uncle Franks passing.

The bumpers, grille, headlights, vinyl roof are all correct, and the car runs and drives well and is regularly enjoyed. Everything fits together nicely, and the doors still close with authority. It has recently been treated to new brakes, tires, and battery, and stands ready to impress your friends in any local parade or car event. The classic 200 cubic-inch motor was the backbone of the Ford Motor Company, so when it's a runner like this, you feel instantly connected with history with every chug of the exhaust. It has been correctly updated for usability with features like an upgraded ignition system and alternator. The torquey engine is great for parade routes and can keep up with traffic around town. The three-speed manual transmission shifts cleanly with a quick double-clutch, and the brakes are new. In total, this 85+ year-old is still a fun runabout with great colors, great features, and a great price. Its the right Model A for those people who love driving real history, and if that's you, it's time to bid today!

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