Ford Model A 1928-31

The Model A was the second huge success for Ford, of course after its predecessor, the Model T. The Model A first entered production on October 20, 1927 but was not sold until December 2. It was the replacement for the venerable Model T, which after having been produced for 18 years, made it some pretty hard shoes to fill. This new Model A, a previous model had used the Model A name back in 1903, was designated as a 1928 model and was available in four standard colors, but unfortunately not black. The Model A was followed by the Model B, which featured an updated 4-cylinder engine, and later by the Model 18 which introduced Ford's new V8 engine. Prices ranged from $385 for a roadster to $570 for the top-of-the-line model. Prices like these of course sound ridiculous to us today, but were fair for the time. The engine was an L-head 4-cylinder and the typical fuel consumption was between 20 and 30 mpg. This is incredibly remarkable given the horrible fuel rating of a lot of vehicles currently available, in fact, it is disgraceful that the current models are worse and certainly not better than a model that was released 80 years prior. Yes, the top speeds have increased greatly, given that the Model A had a top speed of around 65 mph. It also had a 103.5 in wheelbase with a gear ratio of 3.77:1. The Ford Model A was, of course, well represented in the media back at the time of its inception. In modern times, it has reappeared as taxicabs and police cars, most notably in the remake of the film King Kong. Additionally, the Ford Model A is still available in Hobby shops around America making it a favorite among children and collectors.