1931 Ford Model A Victoria
The Model A was the next generation car following the Model T. It provided America with economic transportation continuing a tradition established with the Model T, voted the #1 Car of the 20th Century. Henry Ford started the Ford Motor Company in 1903 and produced the Model T from 1908 to 1927. The Ford Model A production began in October 1927 and continued through March 1932. Even in the midst of the Great Depression, Ford sold nearly 4.9 million Model A's from 1927 to 1931.
For consignment a hot-rodded version of the Model A Victoria complete with a large engine on full display, sans hood, wide whites and glossy moon caps. An overall classic build harkening us back to the early days of the drag racing on the street.
With its larger passenger cabin than the typical coupe, the Victoria has plenty of rear passenger room. This rod is painted in matte black primer and is all metal as it has traversed the country from the West Coast and was put on a '32 reproduction frame. The side view shows an interesting rake with its large Silvertown radials with wide white walls with chromed poverty caps and dish rings. Shaved of its bumpers, and fenders it is now peppered with some yellow purple and blue pinstripe flourishes this car drips early hot rod. No hood allows the viewer to peer directly into the power plant which is finished nicely. A large radiator sits in front complete with its cowling it appears to float in front of the engine bay. Oversized headlights flank a stainless-steel gas tank that is mounted in front of the radiator. Additional highlighting comes to this car in the form of hanging chromed turn signal bezels, chromed front shocks, chromed side view mirrors and chrome door handles.
Fuzzy crushed velour in tan covers the door panels, front buttoned buckets, and large rear bench. It is also seen in a bit darker color on the lower door panels. The seats show a few areas of wear off of the velour fuzz but are in good condition. Dark brown carpet covers the floors and is very nice. Looking to the metal dash in black we see the usual chromed mask style cluster, now blackened, and imbedded white Auto Meter gauges. More yellow pin striping flourishes run across the dashing frame each edge. A long-shafted gearshift with a leather boot reached toward the ceiling and is in handy reach of the driver. A few additional gauges hang from the steering column and under dash.
Direct from 1953 a 239ci flathead V8 complete with Offenhauser aluminum heads, a dual 2-barrel Stromberg carb setup, and an Eddie Meyer intake. Tremec provides the T5 5-speed manual transmission and puts power back to a Ford 8-inch rear, complete with more flourishes.
All's well that ends well underneath, and since it's a total rebuild on a 32 Repro frame, there is no rust to speak of. Drum brakes are all around.
Let's just say we know she goes! The flathead is functioning well as is the T5 transmission, and the ride was not all that bad compared to some hot rods. You've gotta love the crushed velour, and the pinstripe flourishes add a nice touch. We found the crank for the driver's window in inoperable. The car sounds great to boot.
Retro rod would be apropos in this case, straight out of the late 1940's in its design, open cowling for the engine, and wild side view rake, it is definitely a sign of a bygone time. Get ready for the arm drop or is Trixie dropping her hanky?