Danville Street Sighting - 1931 Ford Model A Pickup
A few years ago Ford killed off the Ranger pickup and a lot of people lamented the disappearance of one of the last true basic, compact trucks. For owners who want a very compact, even more basic truck, there's always one of these.
Ford Model As used to be a cheap, easily attainable classic for hot rodders and beginning enthusiasts. Now they're 80-plus years old and a little too primitive for many people's taste. That doesn't stop a few people in my area from keeping them around, though.
I spotted this 1931 Model A pickup on Hartz Avenue in downtown Danville one morning, fittingly along the same stretch of road where the Hot Summer Nights car shows are held. It looks great in a medium blue with creamy yellow wheels and pinstripe, stained wood bed stakes and bed floor with bright stainless bed rails. The bed looks odd, perhaps retrofitted from a 1932 or slightly newer pickup. One thing I like about this truck is, it shows both signs of restoration and of regular use. It wasn't completely finished when I photographed it; note the lack of taillights or license plates. I have since seen this pickup cruising around town multiple times, now fully assembled and wearing vintage plates.
Looking inside, one can see that it didn't take much to make a Model A livable for a modern driver.There's a cupholder and a power jack for the GPS unit. There could even be a radio in there someplace, but I don't snoop too closely looking inside parked cars.
This was a bittersweet photo shoot for me, a cool old truck in great condition. I say bittersweet because while photographing it, a group of young people passed by and not one of them commented on the Model A. They only cared about the hot pink vinyl-wrapped Mercedes E-Class across the street. Kids these days...
California Streets is a blog that celebrates the history of the automobile in California. We feature old, interesting and often rare cars and trucks found parked on public streets and roads around the state of California.
I'm a delivery driver by trade, but I'm also a freelance artist and hobby photographer in the San Francisco Bay Area with a healthy interest in cars. I love finding and documenting fascinating old cars wherever I go.