Lot #651 - Long resisted by Henry Ford, the Model A, when it was being introduced in 1928, was in every way a better automobile than the immortal Model T. Despite being continuously developed and improved in function and styling, the planetary transmission, magneto ignition Model T by 1929 bordered on archaic. The Model A's 201cid was nearly twice as powerful and its 3-speed sliding gear transmission more adaptable and modern in function. Coil and battery ignition, hydraulic shock absorbers and 4-wheel brakes were features that others had offered for years. More expensive than the final Model Ts, the Model A had standard features - combination tail and stop light, windshield wiper, bumpers and electric Sparton horn - that were options on the final Model Ts. The transition largely explains why the Model A has long been a favorite of collectors. It is a modern automobile within the Ford tradition. This 1929 Ford Model A Roadster is a choice example in black with red wire wheels, black interior and black top with all the features that made the Model A roadster the jaunty sporting choice of Jazz Age drivers; white wall tires, Ford script MotoMeter, stainless steel radiator stoneguard, rumble seat and rear-mounted spare. Attractively and functionally correct restoration to showroom condition, its cosmetics and mechanical condition are a credit to the history and significance of the Ford Model A. Simple and uncomplicated, yet having all the important characteristics of a modern automobile, this 1929 Ford Model A Roadster is not only great fun to own and drive, but also a great way to communicate to new generations the essential elements of the automobile while being attractive and practical.
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