The 1929 Ford Model A was a Popular Successor to the Model T
In our final installment this week of May 2016’s Ride of the Month we feature the 1929 Ford Model A presented by nominee Ricke Ruben. Here is some general information about the Model A.
Note: This is not information about the actual vehicle nominated for May’s Ride of the Month, just general information on the vehicle itself. Please check the link at the bottom of today’s article to view all the actual vehicles nominated for this month’s Ride of the Month.
The Ford Model A, more commonly known as the A Model Ford, was first manufactured between 1927 and 1930. The A Model Ford, often referred to as “Baby Lincoln” by many enthusiasts, was actually designed to be the successor to Ford’s T Model. By February 1929, one million units had been sold, and before the end of July, over two million A model Fords were being driven by motorists around the world. The A Model Ford was manufactured in a number of body types, but the most notable may have been the roadster versions.
Under the Hood of the 1929 Model A
The A Model Ford either featured a 201 cu in. I4 engine or a 425 cu in. I4 engine located in the front of the vehicle. The 3.3-liter 4-cylinder engine produced 40 horsepower at 2206 RPM, while the larger 7.1-liter 4-cylinder engine produced 50 horsepower at 6500 RPM. Some of these rear wheel drive A Model Fords reached a top speed of approximately 120 mph. The transmission equipped in these A Model Fords was the 3 Manual Sliding Gear composed of chromium alloy steel.
Disrupting the Industry
Ford manufactured more than 1.5 million A Model vehicles during 1929. The coachwork in the majority of these popular automobiles was provided by Briggs Manufacturing. The A model was manufactured in a number of body styles, including business coupes, phaetons, roadster convertibles, roadster RSs, roadster sport coupes, standard coupes, station wagons and taxis. Most of the A Model Fords ended up being a roadster RS, roadster sport coupe or a standard coupe. Much of the styling found in this disruptive series has actually been attributed to Ford’s son, Edsel.
Setting New Standards
The A Model Ford was actually the first vehicle to feature a windshield equipped with safety glass. Motorists also had the option to choose between manual or electric windshield wipers on their A Model Ford. The A Model was Ford’s opportunity to focus on his design for manufacturability, while responding to in-house trepidation that they needed to respond to the languishing Model T sales and eroding market share. By the spring season of 1930, there were nine different body styles available and over three million A Model units had been sold.