Model A Sedan
- Transmission Type
- 3 Speed Manual
1930 Ford Model A Sedan
Walter Briggs was a trade upholsterer, who later went to work for B F Everitt Company, whom at the time was supplying a few specialty bodies and interiors to Ford. Henry Ford took a liking to Briggs, who eventually became president of Everitt Company. He was later was able to parolee his relationship with Ford into a large enough entity, that he could buy out Everitt, and did so, changing the name to Briggs Company. A company that in its heyday supplied almost all bodies for Ford's model A's.
As seen in the photographs of this consignment, presented is a Briggs Blind Back 4-door sedan. This car is a 1930 Edition of the model A, and has a beautifully restored Mohair interior, as well as many other good qualities. A smooth running inline 4-cylinder flat head engine, two-tone body, that is in fair condition, and a good-looking underbelly are seen in this consignment. The consigner states that he found the car in a basement of someone's house, needed something to do in retirement, and dug it out! Time passed, work halted, and the consigner became unable to finish. So he now offers the car to someone else to take it to the next level.
Black over burgundy, eyebrow fenders, the Briggs Blind Back passenger compartment, 4 doors and good condition chrome (sans door handles) make up the major parts of the exterior. New rubber running board inserts are on unfinished but painted fenders and contain also the necessary chrome lighting of the period which are correct to a 1930 Ford Model A. The hood cowling hinge shows some rust, as well as the rocker panel on the driver's side, but it is relatively minor. Chrome radiator surround is in fair condition and is also original to a 1930 Model A. Black spoked 19-inch wheels and wide white sidewall 475-500/19 tires are mounted, as well as a non-sidewall spare. Exterior glass and all mechanicals related to the glass are in working condition, including the pop out ventilating front windshield.
Beautifully done in Camel Mohair, it is in very good condition on the bench seats, as well as the 4 door panels. Mohair is present in the headliner which is also in very good condition. A typical Ford 1930's “mask style” instrument cluster is present on a burgundy metal dash, framed with highly glossed wood. Carpet appears in good condition, and interestingly a shifter, as well as handbrake are in original condition. Steering wheel appears original and Bakelite material is slightly cracked throughout.
Engine number A2060820 which does not match the current title, tells us that at some point the engine was replaced. The original chassis number cannot be seen because removal of the body would have to happen, so we assume that the title has that number, but it is unverified. This engine, a flat head 4-cylinder is connected to a 3-speed manual transmission. The electrical system is 6 volt and appears to be in working condition. Drum brakes are on all 4 wheels, with buggy spring suspension connected to solid I beam axle in the front and wish bones in the rear. A newer stock exhaust system is installed.
A 1930 Ford Model A project automobile, but not an overwhelming one. Mainly exterior TLC needed on this car, but it is in otherwise good condition. It has a clean underside view, with slight “wet” areas seen. Mechanically running and sounds smooth. After an extensive conversation with the consigner, he is hoping someone can complete the car, and gain enjoyment from doing it as he did, but was not able to see to the end.