The Corpus Christi Old Car Museum Auction

Lot 178
1929 Ford Model A Leatherback Sedan

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1929 Ford Model A Leatherback Sedan

CHASSIS NO: A1084386

• Lovely navy blue finish with tan accents and pinstriping
• One of the most desirable and functional Model A body styles
• Orange spoked wheels with whitewalls look great
• Well-sorted and ready to enjoy

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

The first Sedan offered on the Ford Model A chassis was the so-called “Leatherback” model, featuring a “two-window” roofline devoid of rear quarter windows, with the hardtop covered in pebble-grain artificial leather. Promoted by Ford as the Fordor Sedan, it was intended to be an upscale and more comfortable Model A, and the styling emphasis was placed upon luxurious design and the quality of its interior fittings. Bodies of this style were produced by Briggs, in a leased corner of the Highland Park Ford plant, and became available in mid-May 1928. The design continued into 1929, after which a “three-window” design was adopted for future Model A Fordors.

The car remains in wonderful condition and can only be referred to as AACA Class-ready in every way. Its fit and finish are excellent, with restored body, fenders, and polished nickel trim. The navy blue and tan finish on the body is very well-applied and looks great, with only a very slight patina earned through many careful polishing over the years. The radiator shell and other nickel trim throughout the car is in fine shape, and the tan pebble-grain artificial leather top covering looks fantastic. Add in etched wind wings, a single side-mounted spare tire and a rear-mounted trunk, and you can see how this model became so popular. Our consignor reports it to be an easy-starting Model A with plenty of pep, and one of his favorite drivers over the years. Step inside, and you’ll see the mohair interior is restored with proper fabrics, with floor mats and door panels all looking like new. The engine compartment is correct without being show worthy, and the car idles smoothly and is certainly a pleasure to drive. It’s comforting to see a clean Model A engine with correct finishes and factory colors still present. This is an excellent example of a rare Model A and is fully ready for enjoyment by any collector who appreciates fine originality.

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