Model A Roadster
1931 Ford Model A Roadster
1931 Ford Model A Roadster
Hot rodding began as a cult movement in the 1920s, and flourished in Los Angeles—first with illegal street racing, then moving north and west of the city to the boundless Mojave Desert, with devotees competing on dusty, alkalai-based dry lake beds like El Mirage and Muroc.
For consignment a kept to the original but stripped Model A hot rod. Aptly named “spare parts” this car plays the part with some of its parts shaved off, others simplified, and then the 16-inch spoked wheels with 5.50/R16's and 7.0/R16's respectively attached. No top and flat black finish and we are left with an old looking interesting hot rod piece of history.
Sporting some dings and inconsistent surfaces, this Brookville bodied hot rod is bathed in flat black. A peppering of chrome is noted on the headlights, radiator cover, mirrors and windshield, and this adds nice contrast to the black. Running boards are still present, and solid and doors and cowled hood open and close with no straining. Add some old-style spoked wheels with chromed trim rings and a dog dish center cap, blacken the taillight chrome, take off the top completely and line up for the hanky drop.
Keep it simple inside here kids, as just a few notes of interest…but all good! A LeBaron Bonney bench seat covered in pristine dark gray vinyl stretches the width of the interior. Wood trim glides around this bench and frames it nicely. A mask style center gauge cluster sits within a jet black dash front, and save for the original steering wheel with some chromed levers and a single gauge to the left of the wheel, we have it wrapped up.
Opening the wings of the cowled hood, we are greeted by an excellent 4-cylinder engine which has been completely restored. A green block, silver head, shiny black metal tubes connected by supple orange hoses, new looking starter and generator and it is all buttoned up in here. Specs include a 201ci 4 cylinder, topped with a Weber 2-barrel carburetor, Red's header strapped to the side, and a 3 speed with overdrive courtesy of Gary's, 3.78 gears in the rear axle complete the drivetrain.
Pristine frame, and the Brookville body is just excellent underneath. Offenhauser nostalgia shocks and a Magnaflow exhaust all work with transverse leaf springs suspension and drum brakes which look like new to help this rod stop and go.
'Twas a ccccccold day at the Classic Auto Mall test track, and with this rodder having no top we bundled up and started it right up and were off like a preverbal prom dress. This car performs surprisingly well for a 4-cylinder flathead and based on its looks may harbor some secrets inside. But it had responsive steering, and good brakes. No heat, no radio and no horn…1 lap was enough Brrrrrrrr!.
A Brookville Body build made to look the early hot rod part. I love the 16-inch spokes with their bling chrome trimmings, the matte black surfaces, and that LeBaron Bonney bench within the simple bare bones interior. Beautiful engine which may indeed harbor some secrets on the performance front, and just a great tribute to the history of being faster than the next guy.
Classic Auto Mall is a 336,000-square foot classic and special interest automobile showroom, featuring over 500 vehicles for sale with showroom space for up to 1,000 vehicles. Also, a 400 vehicle barn find collection is on display.
This vehicle is located in our showroom in Morgantown, Pennsylvania, conveniently located just 1-hour west of Philadelphia on the I-76 Pennsylvania Turnpike. The website is www.classicautomall.com and our phone number is (888) 227-0914. Please contact us anytime for more information or to come see the vehicle in person.
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