1931 Ford Model AThe Ford Model A was a very popular automobile and succeeded the Model T in 1928. During the period of 1928 through 1931 there were approximately five million Model A's (all body styles) manufactured. The 1931 Model A Roadster was priced at $475.00 and weighed 2230 pounds - that's 22 cents a pound. There were 456,000 Roadsters produced by Ford during this four year period.
This Brewster Green Roadster with its Apple Green wheels and pinstripe was the original 1931 color and is currently in the identical configuration as manufactured by Henry Ford - no modifications. This car was on display for seven years in a restaurant called 'Roadsters' near Fredericksburg, Virginia. Prior to that time this Roadster won Senior National First Prize, Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA).
Henry Ford was born in 1863. The son of William and Mary Ford, Henry was raised on a farm just outside of Dearborn, Michigan. Henry met and married a woman named Clara Bryant in 1888. In 1891 they moved to Detroit so that Henry could start work at....[continue reading]
Although the Model T was the best-selling car in the United States of America in the mid-1920s, the growing popularity of low-priced competitors forced Henry Ford to bring out a new product. The first Model A rolled off the assembly line in October ....[continue reading]
Chassis Num: RF8413
The Ford Model A Rumbleseat Roadster with stone brown exterior and emerald trim and black fenders was offered for sale at the 2006 Worldwide Group Auction held on Hilton Head Island where it was expected to fetch between $25,000-$35,000. It includes....[continue reading]
This is a 1931 Ford Model A Highboy Rumble Seat Roadster Hot Rod. It is in unrestored condition and is fitted with a 1935 Ford 6.00:16 inch wheels and Guide headlights. In current times, there is a trend to using fiberglass bodies to make recreatio....[continue reading]
The most expensive production model available at its time. The Ford A400-A was manufactured during The Great Depression, and targeted the middle to high income customers. Production of the convertible sedan began on May 22, 1931 and was publicly av....[continue reading]
For sheer sportiness, no other Ford body style measured up to the Model A Deluxe Roadster. It was proudly displayed in dealer showrooms beginning in August of 1930. With its flashy two-tone paint, genuine leather seat, and abundance of bright-work,....[continue reading]
Chassis Num: CAS9340
This 1931 Ford Model A Deluxe Rumble Seat Roadster was offered for sale at the 2007 RM Auctions held at Meadow Brook. The car was offered without reserve and estimated to sell between $30,000 - $40,000. It is powered by a four-cylinder engine that ....[continue reading]
Chassis Num: 1750
The Ford A400 Convertible was produced in 1931 only. These were the rarest of all Model A's with only 5085 units produced. ....[continue reading]
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 pop....[continue reading]
Chassis Num: A4682692
The Ford Model A followed on the coat-tails for the Model T, and was introduced in December 1927. It was, in many respects, similar to its predecessor, but incorporated a sliding-gear transmission, four-wheel brakes, and a larger and more powerful e....[continue reading]
Chassis Num: A1250825
This 1931 Ford Model A Convertible Sedan, commonly referred to as the A400, was offered for sale at the Vintage Motor Cars sale at Hershey, PA presented by RM Auctions. It was estimated to sell for $14,000-$18,000 and offered without reserve. Bidding....[continue reading]
This 1931 Ford Model A Deluxe Roadster has been judged the Best National First Place Winner. It is well equipped, having many options including dual sidemounts, dual mirrors, rumble seat with toneau cover, six white wall tires, wipers, side curtains....[continue reading]
This vehicle is a slant windshield Deluxe Murray Ford with dual sidemounts and loaded with nearly every available option of the era. It has a horn, rear window shade, dual tail lights, wipers, new trunk and rack, six whitewall tires, dual cowl light....[continue reading]
This is a 1931 Ford Model A Victoria Two-Door Sedan painted in Ford Maroon and black with red wheels. The interior is brown mohair. It has dual tail lights, dual cowl lights, quail ornamentation, chrome stone guards, white-wall tires, trunk and rac....[continue reading]
The Model T Ford put America on the road but had become outdated by 1927 and the Model A was its replacement for 1928.....[continue reading]
The Ford Model A was built by the Ford Motor Co. from 1927 thru 1931. During this time there were over 3 million produced in domestic plants and over 400,000 produced overseas. The engine is an L-Head design, 4-cylinder with 201 cubic-inches (3.3 l....[continue reading]
Chassis Num: A1012576
The Model A came equipped with nickel plated bumpers in both the front and rear, combination tail and stop lights, a driver's side windshield wiper, and an electric 'oo-gah' horn produced for Ford by Spartan. The car rode on 19-inch wheels, and was ....[continue reading]
This 1931 Ford Model A 400 Convertible Sedan was Ford's first five-passenger convertible. USA production reached 4864 units and this car is one of approximately 100 running examples. The A 400 was also Ford's first vehicle with an ashtray.....[continue reading]
The final year for Ford Model A production was 1931. That production year featured several new body styles, most notably the convertible sedan. This body style was announced in May 1931 but remained in production for only a few months. Total produ....[continue reading]
Chassis Num: 4521148
This 1931 Ford Model A Pickup has recently completed a frame-off restoration. It is a Closed Cab Pickup finished in chocolate brown with black fenders and yellow trim. It is completely stock inside, outside and under the hood. Powering the truck if a....[continue reading]
The Slant Windows came out in May of 1931 and were only produced for about 7 months. It was the first all-steel structure fordor for Ford and it was produced with all interchangeable parts between Ford, Murray and Briggs. Wood was only used for the t....[continue reading]
Chassis Num: A4197559
The 1931 Ford light-duty trucks were available in a variety of body styles including a bare chassis and drivetrain which allowed for custom bodies to be crafted. Buyers had the option of open and closed cabs and panel delivery models, along with othe....[continue reading]
Engine Num: A4755319
This 1931 Ford Model A Tudor Sedan was sold new to Charles A. Brown of Kingston, Pennsylvania, in late 1931 from Motor Twins dealership in nearby Wilkes Barre. It left the factory finished in black with apple green wheels and a green pinstripe. When ....[continue reading]
This 1931 Ford Model A Coupe has a 4-cylinder 40 horsepower engine with a three-speed manual transmission, mechanical brakes, a rumble seat in the rear and will reach a top speed of 55/60 MPH. It was built at the Ford Rouge plant in Dearborn, Michiga....[continue reading]
HistoryThe name Model A was first used by Ford in 1903 and also known as the Fordmobile. This was the first vehicle produced by the Ford Motor Company and its first owner was Dr. Ernst Pfenning of Chicago, Illinois who purchased the Model A on July 23, 1903. Production of the first generation Model A lasted from 1903 through 1905 with 1750 examples being produced.
Automobile production was new and experiments with design, techniques, and technology were still being experimented with. Many early producers of the automobile had been in either the coachbuilding business or the bicycle business. Upon the invention of the automobile, they switched to the production of horseless carriages.
Henry Ford had $28,000 in investment capital to begin his new business. Upon completion of his first motorcar, he had spent all but $223.65. The Model A's were available as either a two-seater runabout or a four-seater tonneau. A flat-2 engine was horizontally-mounted midship and capable of producing 8 horsepower. A three-speed planetary transmission was matted to the engine. Dimensions and weight varied but the advertised top speed of the vehicle was about 45 miles per hour. The base price was $750 and was available with options such as a rear seat for $100. A rubber roof would set the buyer back an additional $30 while the leather roof was $50.
The Model A was replaced by a sequence of 'letter cars' until Ford produced the perfect combination of accordability and reliability with the Model T. It was mass produced and by 1914 the adaptation of the assembly line streamlined the process even further. By the 1920s, Ford had mobilized the United States with their customers wanting more and willing to pay more for it. Chevrolet's were becoming popular because they were similar to the Ford but offered a few extra amenities at a slightly higher but still reasonable price. Near the close of the 1920's and after sales began to slip, Ford realized that a replacement was needed.
So as production came to a close for the Model T, Henry Ford halted all production for six months to retool the equipment and prepare for the production of the Model A. The second generation of the Ford Model A began on October 20th, 1927. Sale of the Model A began on December 2nd, 1927 and was offered in four colors. The Model had been available in the United States only in black because it dried the fastest.
The public eagerly awaited the sale of the Model T's replacement and were not disappointed. It was a stylish and elegant vehicle, which had been designed by Henry Ford's son, Edsel. In comparison to its predecessor, it was more sophisticated and complex.
The cost of the second generation Model A, produced 24 years after the original Model A was sold for $365 less, with price ranging from $385 through $570. The car was powered by an L-head 4-cylinder engine with just over 200 cubic-inches in displacement. A three-speed sliding gear transmission with 1 reverse speed was used. Top speed was achieved a little over sixty-miles per hour with the average fuel mileage being rather exceptional at over 40 MPG.
Just like the Model T, the Model A was available in multiple configurations such as the top of the line Fordor in either 2 or 3 window, Victoria, Station Wagon, Truck, Town Car, Convertible Cabriolet, Phaeton, Business Coupe, Sport Coupe, Roadster Coupe, and Coupe to name a few.
During the production lifespan of the Model A, lasting until August 31, 1931, Ford produced 4,320,446 Model A's. It was replaced by the Model B.
By Daniel Vaughan | Mar 2006
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