With its high functioning array of modern components taking their place alongside a vintage powerplant that would go on to revolutionize the automotive industry in its day, this 1931 Model A is a classic for all ages. It's a tastefully inspired, outstanding take on the street rod genre and is in great form both inside and out. Another big plus is its rock solid running condition - this roadster is ready to roll just as soon as you get it home, with no additional work needed.
A combination of plenty of planning and skilled workmanship has resulted in such a clean, well-planned presentation. The exterior is clad in a rich shade of burgundy that offers an excellent shine, with no glaring blemishes to be found, and a trip to the detailer will elevate it even further. With its open engine compartment, you can readily see that the vintage powerplant standing by inside is nicely detailed and the surrounding exterior is accented by chrome that's also in consistently strong shape - that trademark sizable Model A grille looks great between the pair of low-slung headlights, and the trim surrounding the windshield is in top form. While the street rod genre isn't necessarily known for all-weather drivability, it's definitely an option here - the accompanying black convertible top presents like new, seals well and rises easily into position to protect you from the elements.
Beyond the doors, the tan vinyl interior emphasizes well-crafted aesthetics and comfortable drivability. A tilting chrome column puts the billet steering wheel in just the right position, and the two-tone bench seat is well padded and in excellent condition - it shows no creasing and ties in perfectly with the door panels to each side. A trio of era-appropriate floor pedals provides an effective contrast to the aftermarket components on display here. The instrument panel carries a collection of sharp, white faced gauges - all functional - and its textured, machine turned chrome surface accents the surrounding steel nicely. A pair of aftermarket speakers seamlessly recessed into the rear kick panels brings audio from the AM/FM/Cassette stereo into the cabin. Raise the deck lid and you'll see that the fuel cell is well-fitted and the battery securely stored inside its protective case, with some convenient storage room still left over.
Holding court inside the open compartment is a 239 cubic inch Flathead V8. This engine made quite a splash when it was introduced, as it represented the first time a V8 was affordably priced for the mass market and its enhanced power and outstanding reliability prompted Wards to name it one of the 10 best engines of the 20th century - that's one serious accolade. It receives enhanced spark via an upgraded ignition and still wears a one-barrel carb on top as it pairs with a 3-speed manual transmission that's shifting very fluidly to equip this vintage Ford with plenty of street-readiness. When driving conditions get more demanding, the added aluminum radiator features a dedicated electric fan that's easily activated by a switch to the side of the steering column. A pair of 15” American Racing Torq Thrust wheels team with 17” wheels in back to accentuate this classic's eye catching stance and a 4-link rear suspension with coilovers is in place to provide a smooth, skip free ride. The clean condition of the undercarriage confirms it's well-positioned for plenty more future miles.
This 1931 Ford Model A Roadster represents the final year of a very pivotal model and its reassuring running condition teams with a level of vintage curb appeal that's hard to beat. Call today!