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1931 Ford Model A

Ford was reluctant to replace the successful and long-lived Model T and Ford's legions of satisfied customers were hesitant to take anything but minor steps away from the familiar, tried-and-true Model T. When Ford shut down its River Rouge plant, there had been no planning for the change-over. For months it remained closed, losing momentum, market share, and market position to its faster-moving and motivated competition.

The Model A was finally introduced in December of 1927, having very large shoes to fill, it was substantially different from the Model T. However, it was still a four-cylinder automobile with a transverse leaf spring suspension. Improvements were numerous, including the pumped water cooling, sliding gear 3-speed transmission, and coil ignition. The 103.5-inch wheelbase was longer, allowing for larger and more luxurious bodies. The exterior styling was different, but still resembled a Ford, and several of the styling changes had been foreshadowed in Model T designs of the late Twenties.

The 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. Up to this point in history, convertible and roadsters had been far more prevalent. Soon, body style production would take a turn in the American market, with fixed roof and hardtop vehicles becoming more popular. For the Ford Model A, the most popular bodystyle in 1931 was the Fordor sedan. Total 1931 Ford Model A production reached 541,615 examples.

1931 was a monumental and historical year for the Ford Motor Company, as it was the final year of the Model A, and marked the 20-millionth Ford produced, a Fordor sedan that left the factory on April 14th of that year. Changes were minor for 1931 and included a new radiator shell with a relief affect and slightly revised running boards.

Power was from a 202.5 cubic-inch four-cylinder engine offering 40 horsepower and backed by a three-speed manual transmission. Mechanical brakes were located at all four wheels.

The Model A was still a rapidly produced vehicle at a very affordable price. A Model A roadster had a base price under $500, even with the Deluxe trim and accessories, making it within reach of a modestly successful family. Ford had once again proven that less is sometimes more, and the Model A have proven to be a worthy successor to the 'Tin Lizzie' Model T which had literally put America on wheels.


by Daniel Vaughan | Oct 2019

Related Reading : Ford Model A History

The 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....
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1931 Vehicle Profiles

1931 Ford Model A vehicle information

Roadster

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]

1931 Ford Model A vehicle information

Standard Coupe

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]

1931 Ford Model A vehicle information

Roadster

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]

1931 Ford Model A vehicle information

Highboy Rumble Seat

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]

1931 Ford Model A vehicle information

Convertible Sedan

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]

1931 Ford Model A vehicle information

Deluxe Roadster

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]

1931 Ford Model A vehicle information

A400

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]

1931 Ford Model A vehicle information

Deluxe Coupe

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]

1931 Ford Model A vehicle information

Special Delivery Style 255-A

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]

1931 Ford Model A vehicle information

A400

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]

1931 Ford Model A vehicle information

Deluxe Roadster

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]

1931 Ford Model A vehicle information

Standard Fordor Sedan

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]

1931 Ford Model A vehicle information

Victoria Coupe

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]

1931 Ford Model A vehicle information

Deluxe Phaeton

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]

1931 Ford Model A vehicle information

Roadster

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]

1931 Ford Model A vehicle information

Open Cab Roadster Pickup

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]

1931 Ford Model A vehicle information

A400

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]

1931 Ford Model A vehicle information

Convertible Sedan

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]

1931 Ford Model A vehicle information

Pickup

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]

1931 Ford Model A vehicle information

Town Sedan

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]

1931 Ford Model A vehicle information

Pickup

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]

1931 Ford Model A vehicle information

Standard Tudor Sedan

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]

1931 Ford Model A vehicle information

Deluxe Coupe

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]

1931 Ford Model A vehicle information

Pickup

Chassis Num: A4273460

This 1931 Ford Model A Pickup is finished in green with black fenders and rides on Apple Green wire wheels. It has an older restoration which has held up rather well. It has a black radiator with matching headlights, single side-mounted spare tire, a....[continue reading]

1931 Ford Model A vehicle information

Station Wagon

Long before there were station wagons and mini vans, there were 'woodies.' Often used for upscale resorts to transport passengers and luggage, they are now among the most popular collectible vehicles ever built. Produced from 1927 - 1931, there is ce....[continue reading]

1931 Ford Model A vehicle information

Deluxe Roadster

Chassis Num: A4701071

1931 was a monumental and historical year for the Ford Motor Company, as it was the final year of the Model A, and marked the 20-millionth Ford produced, a Fordor sedan that left the factory on April 14th of that year. Changes were minor for 1931 and....[continue reading]

1931 Ford Model A vehicle information

Deluxe Roadster

Chassis Num: AA137997

The Ford Model T remained in production from 1908 through 1927 with over 16.5 million examples sold. Henry Ford was reluctant to end production of the Model T, but Chevrolet continued to raise the bar, creating even more competition. In response, Hen....[continue reading]

1931 Ford Model A vehicle information

Deluxe Tudor Sedan

Engine Num: A4390869

This Ford Model A DeLuxe Sedan Delivery was used for two decades in the confections business. By the 1960s it was in the care of Johnson's Pastry (and Cafeteria) of Fairfield, California. The bakery used the Model A for roughly two decades for local ....[continue reading]

Roadster
 
Standard Coupe
 
Roadster
Chassis #: RF8413 
Highboy Rumble Seat
 
Convertible Sedan
 
 
Deluxe Roadster
Chassis #: CAS9340 
A400
Chassis #: 1750 
Deluxe Coupe
 
Special Delivery Style 255-A
Chassis #: A4682692 
A400
Chassis #: A1250825 
Deluxe Roadster
 
Standard Fordor Sedan
 
Victoria Coupe
 
Deluxe Phaeton
 
Roadster
 
Open Cab Roadster Pickup
Chassis #: A1012576 
A400
 
Convertible Sedan
 
Pickup
Chassis #: 4521148 
Town Sedan
 
Pickup
Chassis #: A4197559 
Standard Tudor Sedan
 
Deluxe Coupe
 
Pickup
Chassis #: A4273460 
Station Wagon
 
Deluxe Roadster
Chassis #: A4701071 
Deluxe Roadster
Chassis #: AA137997 
Deluxe Tudor Sedan
 


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1931 Model A
$635-$18,000
1931 Ford Model A Price Range: $425 - $635

Model Year Production

#1#2#3Ford
1936Ford (930,778)Chevrolet (918,278)Plymouth (520,025)930,778
1935Ford (820,253)Chevrolet (548,215)Plymouth (350,884)820,253
1934Ford (563,921)Chevrolet (551,191)Plymouth (321,171)563,921
1933Chevrolet (486,261)Ford (334,969)Plymouth (298,557)334,969
1932Chevrolet (313,404)Ford (210,824)Plymouth (186,106)210,824
1931Chevrolet (619,554)Ford (615,455)Buick (138,965)615,455
1930Ford (1,140,710)Chevrolet (640,980)Buick (181,743)1,140,710
1929Ford (1,507,132)Chevrolet (1,328,605)Buick (196,104)1,507,132
1928Chevrolet (1,193,212)Ford (607,592)Willys Knight (231,360)607,592
1927Chevrolet (1,001,820)Ford (367,213)Buick (255,160)367,213
1926Ford (1,669,847)Chevrolet (547,724)Buick (266,753)1,669,847

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