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Ford Model A (1927-1931)

July 1st, 2008 by Rolph · 4 Comments

Back in Leiden, I continue my lucky streak of wedding cars with this perfectly restored Ford Model A. The successfull successor of the legendary Ford T, nearly five million of these little cars were produced. And none of them in black!

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Some Wikipedia facts, since I know little about the car:

The Model A came in a wide variety of styles: Coupe (Standard and Deluxe), Business Coupe, Sport Coupe, Roadster Coupe (Standard and Deluxe), Convertible Cabriolet, Convertible Sedan, Phaeton (Standard and Deluxe), Tudor (Standard and Deluxe), Town Car, Fordor (2-window) (Standard and Deluxe), Fordor (3-window) (Standard and Deluxe), Victoria, Station Wagon, Taxicab, Truck, and Commercial.

The vehicle is the first Ford to use the standard set of driver controls, with conventional clutch and brake pedals, throttle, starter and gearshift; previous Ford models used controls that often perplexed the inexperienced driver. The Model A’s fuel tank is located inside the cab, between the engine compartment’s fire wall and the dash panel. It has a mechanical fuel gauge and is elevated above the engine and carburetor as its a gravity fuel system. In cooler climates, some owners could purchase an after market cast iron unit to place over the engine’s exhaust manifold to bring heated air into the passenger side of the cab through a fire wall opening. A small door could be opened or closed to adjust the amount of hot air entering the cab. In the summer, some people would take the cast iron heater unit off the manifold to keep the cab cooler. The windshield can hinge forward from the bottom to allow air to flow into the cab for cooling. Also this was the first car to have safety glass in the windshield.

When production ended in March, 1932, there were 4,849,340 Model A’s made in all styles. It was replaced by an updated model called the Ford Model B and by the new V-8. The U.S.S.R. company GAZ, which started as a cooperation between Ford and the Soviet Union, made a licensed version of the Model A.

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4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jan // Jul 1, 2008 at 13:27

    Not GAZ, because it was not called GAZ then. It was GAZ’ predecessor. NAZ. G=Gorki and N=Nizjni Novgorod.

  • 2 Rolph // Jul 1, 2008 at 13:48

    Oke, if you say so. It’s basically wikipedia cut ‘n paste, to be honest šŸ˜‰

  • 3 Jan // Jul 1, 2008 at 16:47

    Wikipedia is editable by anyone. On the Dutch one it used to say that you could get the Ford model T in only one colour.

  • 4 Jan // Jul 1, 2008 at 16:48

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