Bonhams | 2018-10-08 | Collectors Motorcars and Automobilia Auction Philadelphia Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum | Venue : Philadelphia, Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum
Lot No. : 115
Year : 1929
Engine Size : -
Engine No. : #A1380113
Estimate : US$ 20,000 - 25,000
US$ 20,160
Ford Model A Roadster Pick Up Sold


201ci Flathead Inline-4 Cylinder Engine
Single Updraft Carburetor
40bhp at 2,200rpm
3-Speed Manual Transmission
4-Wheel Leaf Spring Suspension
4-Wheel Mechanical Drum Brakes
*Open air utility
*Well documented history post mid-century
*Attractive dark Brewster Green Paint
*A true American Classic
*A real gem of a Model A
On May 26, 1927, after having produced 15 million Model Ts, Henry Ford shut down his giant River Rouge complex to retool for the famous car's long-awaited replacement. More than six months would pass before a new Ford appeared. When it did, Americans crowded into showrooms to see a car so completely re-engineered that Ford named it the Model A. The new Model A's engine was rated at 40 horsepower, double that of the Model T. A conventional three-speed manual transmission replaced the Model T's eccentric planetary-gear transmission. The original Model A design continued, with running improvements, into 1929, the year this Open Pickup (or 'Roadster Pickup') was built. Originally priced at $445, the Open Pickup featured a non-folding canvas top that could be easily removed.
This multi-faceted Roadster Pick Up Model A Ford combines the best of wind-in-your-face motoring with a heaping dose of utility. Used as a work truck for a majority of its life, the history of this classic is well documented since the mid-century thanks to a 10-page letter written by Mr. Tom Umholtz, who purchased the vehicle in 1965. As a carpenter, the truck was regularly used in the line of duty but received routine maintenance and some touch up work under his stewardship. As such, the vehicle presents with an honest amount of wear, a state that will encourage its new owners to continue to use the vehicle as intended. Overall, the vehicle is solid and sound, with an attractive dark Brewster Green exterior contributing greatly to the truck's determined and stylish look. This is the kind of pampered motorcar one could still find at events like the Hershey Fall Meet in the 1960s and 1970s, but rarely seen today.
The Model A makes a fantastic introduction to vintage motoring but also a fine addition to any current collection. An honest pick up like this is sure to be cherished for years to come.

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