1927-1931 FORD MODEL A

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - 7 Of The Best Pre-war Classics - Richard Bar­nett

Re­plac­ing the long-lived Ford Model T was never go­ing to be easy, but the Model A brought Ford back up to speed with its ri­vals, whose prod­ucts made the ‘T’ look an­ti­quated. Powered by a 3.3-litre four-cylin­der (and in Europe a tax-dodg­ing 2.0-litre), this was the first Ford to use ped­als in the ‘con­ven­tional’ way and for to­day’s pre-war fresh­men that means less de­mand­ing, more en­joy­able own­er­ship. With more than four mil­lion built and a fan­tas­tic ar­ray of body types, there’s an A for ev­ery would-be owner. Pow­er­ful, re­li­able, im­mensely us­able and eli­gi­ble for many events, there’s no bet­ter in­tro­duc­tory pre-war car.

BUY­ING TIPS

CHOOSE YOUR BODY De­cide which bodystyle best suits you – with sa­loons, coupés, con­vert­ibles and phaetons, there’s lots of choice. Prices vary with body type.

3.3 VS 2.0 Does your car have the big­ger engine? It makes the A far more prac­ti­cal and you’ll ap­pre­ci­ate that if you end up en­ter­ing tri­als and nav­i­ga­tion ral­lies.

CHAS­SIS Get un­der­neath and check for any twist­ing in the chas­sis: It’s strong but get­ting long in the tooth – and any­thing could have hap­pened down the decades.

FORD MODEL A TU­DOR ENGINE 3287cc/4-cyl/SV POWER 40bhp@2200rpm TORQUE Un­known MAX­I­MUM SPEED 62mph 0-50MPH 29sec FUEL CON­SUMP­TION 24-28mpg TRANS­MIS­SION RWD, three-speed man­ual

WHAT TO PAY CON­COURS £16,000+ // GOOD £9500-12,000 // US­ABLE £7000-9000 // PROJECT £2500-4500

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