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Lot 346: Ford Model A Coupe

Motorcycle and Motorcars, Bonhams & Butterfields (14 November 2009)

Replacement for the ubiquitous Model T, the Model A went on sale in December 1927. A more complex car than its predecessor, the 'A' was also more powerful, its four-cylinder sidevalve engine producing 40bhp - double the output of the T - which was good enough for a top speed of 65mph. A three-speed sliding gear transmission replaced the T's planetary gears, there was coil-and-battery instead of magneto ignition and at last there was a brake for each wheel. The T's ungainly styling was abandoned, and the eagerly awaited Model A's up-to-the-minute looks, choice of colors and, needless to say, competitive pricing, helped ensure its success. After two years in production the Model A was face-lifted for 1930, receiving wider tires on smaller-diameter (19") wheels and being mildly re-styled with wider mudguards to achieve a lower, more modern look. Model A sales peaked in 1929 when more than 1.4 million were sold, and production continued until the V8's arrival in 1932 saw Ford's four-cylinder car re-named 'Model B'.

Lot Details
Auction Motorcycle and Motorcars
Bonhams & Butterfields, Los Angeles
TypeCar
Lot Number346
Estimate$8000-$10000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price$6750
Hammer Price (inc premium)$7898
Year1929
Condition rating0
Registration number
Mileage-
Chassis numberAZ35527
Engine number
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors2