The Corpus Christi Old Car Museum Auction

Lot 48
1931 Ford Model A Four-Door Sedan

Selling on Friday

1931 Ford Model A Four-Door Sedan

CHASSIS NO: A4244391

• The final year of Model A production
• An iconic Fordor body style with lovely patina
• Solid finishes throughout with a fine interior
• Runs and drives with authority

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

A historic year for the Ford Motor Company, 1931 not only marked the final year of the Model A but also the 20-millionth Ford, a Fordor sedan that left the factory on April 14th of that year and represented a massive milestone in both the company’s history and the history of the automobile itself. Changes for the 1931 model year were minor and included a new radiator shell with a relief affect and slightly revised running boards. A variety of different body styles were offered to suit everyone’s tastes and needs. By the end of the calendar year, 541,615 examples were produced, with the most popular being the practical Fordor Sedan that we are showing today in Corpus Christi. It marks a turning point in the American market, and soon, fixed roof and hardtop vehicles became far more prevalent that the convertibles and roadsters of an earlier day.

While its early history is not known, this charming 1931 Model A Fordor has recently been a long-term resident here in South Texas. Finished in Henry Ford’s favorite color combination of black over a black cloth interior, this ride boasts lots of character, and it is easy to see why it has been well-preserved for decades. It is comfortable for five, riding on painted spoke wheels, with the reliable inline four-cylinder engine and tried and true three-speed manual transmission. The Fordor has a ton of character, showing many decades of careful storage and only light collector use. Reports indicate it is a fine running car that he enjoyed driving in parades and at family events for many years.

One of America’s most iconic and beloved vehicles, a good example of a Model A should be on every American car enthusiast’s bucket list. It’s exciting to find a really well-preserved, highly original 88-year old car in such fine condition, and this one certainly warrants special consideration as a tremendous value on a very solid and significant classic car.

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