Like some Dowager Duchess down on her luck, this RHD Model A Ford has seen better days, but there’s plenty of life in the old girl yet. There seems to be no limit to the parts and services that can be had for the old four banger Ford and the new owner of this Model A will have to decide which direction to go: back to original, oily rag, hot rod, or even DOHC-conversion racer – the choice is endless.
There is no registration document for the car but the engine number suggests it is a 1929 model although there is no guarantee that is the original engine or even an original number. However, a keen Model A man should have little trouble dating the car and the original engine number was also stamped on the chassis under the bodywork so there is a good chance that this will be uncovered during restoration.
The car is a four-door, four-seater Phaeton and complete but – in case you didn’t spot it – in need of more than a little attention. How you handle that is up to you, but the Model A is an immensely practical vintage car with a spares service that is the envy of more modern cars.
The car is a non-runner and the engine (full-fat 24hp 3.3-litre) does not turn over but these are minor inconveniences to the enthusiast. The cylinder head appears to have been chrome-plate at some time but that was not a standard feature nor, you might think, one that was even desirable – a bit different however and possibly one that will help in researching the car’s history. More appealing is the native British flora flourishing in the velour upholstery of the front seat – Geranium Robertianum (Herb Robert) we believe, but are happy to be corrected.
The car has been in the vendor’s possession for some time and restoration was always intended, but an imminent move to Spain means the car must be put up for sale: one man’s expatriation is another man’s opportunity.
Estimate; £3,000 - £4,000, but offered at No Reserve