Lot 318 - 1929 Ford Model A Coupé Hot Rod
|Estimate||£19,000 - £24,000|
|Result||Sold - £18,300|
Henry Ford actually did not want to stop producing the Model T; rather, he was forced to do so by rival Chevrolet, who were at the time building far sprightlier cars. Thus, the new Model A became available for the 1928 model year and was first introduced to the public on 2nd December 1927. It was rumoured nearly 10 percent of the American public went to view the new car. Much more complex than the Model T that preceded it, the Model A was comprised of 6,800 parts compared to its simpler predecessor, which was made up of 5,000 parts. The ruggedly constructed Model A featured Ford’s first installation of safety glass in all windows.
This Hot Rod is based on a 1929 Ford Model A Coupé and has an original steel body and original chassis. The vendor set about rebuilding this vehicle when it was imported into the UK in 2011. First he stripped the bodywork right back and chopped five inches off the roof. The body was taken off the chassis with any corrosion removed, boxed, strengthened and treated accordingly. Mechanically this Ford was completely re-worked with a 4.7 litre Chevrolet V8 dropped into the engine bay, and mated to an automatic gearbox capable of transferring power to the rear wheels promptly. The rear axle, suspension and brakes have all been modified ensuring road holding and stopping power are all sufficient for this eye-catching vehicle. The exhaust system emits a note that one would expect from such a stunning and powerful Hot Rod, the highly visible triple carburettors ensure the aesthetics of this Ford are a thing of beauty. The paintwork is in good order with delightful touches such as the free hand pin-striping painted on the boot lid, radiator shell and transmission tunnel.
The car has featured in the film ‘Flake and Flames’ and also in the ‘Dickies’ clothing catalogue, Ace Café magazine and Jack Hammer Hot Rod supplies adverts.
This vehicle is VHRA eligible if the disc brakes are removed and drum brakes are fitted.
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