This 1931 Ford Model A Deluxe Coupe was offered for sale at the 2007 Worldwide Group Auction held at Hilton Head Island, SC where it was estimated to sell for $20,000 - $25,000. It has a Deluxe Coupe body which was one of the more affordable and popular choices of the day. It had a very compact configuration with seating for three plus additional room for luggage. It is finished in original maroon with black fenders and black top. In the early 2000's this vehicle was treated to a complete body-on restoration with virtually everything reconditioned and reassembled. The exterior was repainted and the interior was given the hard-to-find mohair material. Many of the major components were rebuilt including the engine, transmission, clutch and brakes. A modern alternator was installed to guarantee trouble-free charging and starting.
The Model A was the replacement for the popular Model T. Prices ranged from $385 for a roadster to $570 for the top-of-the-line Fordor. The 201 cubic-inch L-head engine was capable of providing around 20 to 30 mpg.
These cars were very versatile and fit with nearly any configuration request. They came in a variety of body styles including the Fordor in either two or three windows, Victoria, Station Wagon, Truck, Town Car, Convertible Cabriolet, Phaeton, Business Coupe, Sport Coupe, Roadster Coupe, Tudor, and Coupe to name a few.
Production of the Model A would last until August 31, 1931 with 4,320,446 examples produced. It was replaced by the Model B.
On auction day, this was one of the last vehicles to cross the auction block. It was able to secure a new owner, one willing to pay slightly less than the estimated value, at $15,950 including buyers premium.