For me part of the thrill of car blogging is trying to discover the model year of an obscure car and stumbling upon the history of that actual car. Rare cars tend to have well-connected owner's groups with a registry. I like to see what I can dig up to give myself and my readers a more complete picture of what they're looking at.
In the 1960s and 1970s, The Ford Model A was a popular classic car to own. But it was getting old, unreliable and simply difficult to find in good shape. So a few companies were formed that offered new fiberglass replicas of the Model A, providing the appearance of a classic but with more amenities and power. One of these was Shay Motors Corporation, a Ford-approved maker of Model A roadsters and pickups. The other notable manufacturer was Glassic, which produced roadsters and two-door 'phaetons'. The Shay body was relatively authentic in its proportions, while the Glassic was wider for more interior space, and accepted a larger engine. Both were built on a contemporary frame with a modern engine. Glassics first used an International Scout four and later a Ford V8; Shays had Ford Pinto or Fairmont fours. Both companies were bought out or changed their names over the years. Glassic became Replicars, Inc. around 1975 and continued building cars into the 1980s.