VERY RARE SLANT-WINDSHIELD MODEL A, FULLY RESTORED, 200 CI 4 CYLINDER, 3-SPEED
Why is the Model A the perfect starter hobby car? They're easy to drive, affordable, parts are plentiful, they teach you about driving and servicing an old car, they really are stylish, and shall I go on? This 1931 Ford Model A "slant windshield" sedan is a wonderful introduction to the world of old cars and looks like it should cost far more than it does.
The slant windshield sedan is a 1931-only body style, easily identified by its slanted windshield (no kidding) and lack of an exterior visor like the earlier models. The effect is that this one looks bigger and more upscale than its older siblings, and with the two tone paint combination, the difference is striking. The colors are a variation on the factory's chicle and copra drab, which gives it an understated and elegant look, particularly with the black fenders, which were standard across the board. The restoration is several years old and has some tour miles on it, so it's no longer a show car, but it's still the kind of car that attracts appreciative glances from bystanders and you'll never hesitate to take it to a local cruise night or show. Ford's use of stainless steel means the bright work remains in great condition, and while experts will note this one wears a 1930 radiator shell, there's no denying that this is a very good-looking car.
The brown mohair upholstery is typical of the era, and for a car that cost less than $700 when it was new, the appointments are pretty luxurious. The town sedan offers room for five and these sedans make for wonderful tour cars with their all-weather capabilities. The seats are in good order showing only light stretching on the front seat, while the rear seat looks barely used. Loop carpets and matching mohair door panels offer a cohesive look and the bright door hardware sparkles. The controls will be familiar to any Model A owner, with a big hard rubber steering wheel and 3-speed manual transmission that feels natural in your hands. The '31s are easy to recognize with their round speedometers and more ornate instrument panels, and the woodgrained details and delicate silk shades for rear seat passengers make this car feel upscale despite its humble origins.
Ford's 200 cubic inch four cylinder engine is all about torque, and the over-achieving little machine makes a distinctive sound that's been beloved for generations. It happily pulls the sedan around without working too hard and cruises at 45 MPH, so it's not a problem on modern surface streets. This one has been recently tuned, including fresh points and a new battery, so it runs like a Model A should. The engine is correctly dressed in green engine enamel and with cloth wiring, a factory-style generator, and those copper leads for the spark plugs, it looks quite authentic. The 3-speed manual transmission shifts cleanly with a quick double-clutch and the brakes are effective for a vehicle with modest performance and light weight. 16-inch wheels from a later model have been fitted and give it a somewhat more rakish look that's quite appealing, and the 6.00-16 BFGoodrich wide whitewall tires look great.
You know we love Model As (who doesn't?) and this handsome sedan is ready to teach you all about the joys of a bygone era. Call today!
- Cloth Interior
- Front Brakes
- Rear Brakes
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