Happy 90th Birthday, Ford Model A!
It’s difficult to underestimate the importance of the Ford Model A, not just in American Automotive history, but in it’s impact on the birth of Hot Rodding as we know it. There were so many critical improvements with the ‘A’ that made it even more popular than Ford’s predecessor Model T, in just 4 short years of production: Four wheel brakes, standard controls (foot throttle, brake and clutch), safety glass windshield, and a wide variety of colors and body styles available for the first time. Henry’s pragmatic nature made him dislike exterior styling and cosmetics on an automobile, as he really thought of cars as more of a utility device. This allowed Edsel to finally have some design influence at Ford, and the result is a far cleaner and more elegant look compared to the Model T. All these factors combined resulted in a huge sales success for the Model A, starting in 1928: By February of the next year, 1929, one million had be sold, and by July of that same year, two million were sold. When Model A Ford production finally ended (late) in March of 1932, over 4.8 million Model A vehicles had been produced! By the late 1930s, a used A Roadster could be bought for next to nothing, and once the stock Banger was souped up or even better, a Ford V8 dropped between the rails, a hot rod was born and young men had found their ticket to cheap trills and real speed.