Monday, January 6, 2014

Livermore Street Sighting - 1930 Ford Model A Rumble Seat Coupe

The Ford Model A is surprisingly well represented among classic cars in the Bay Area. From time to time I'll see one on the road, or tucked away in a parking lot on the day of a local special event. At least one usually appears at a car show. Very rarely do they show up just on the street on a typical day.

I've previously seen this 1930 Model A coupe at a Goodguys show at the Alameda County Fairgrounds, and it made an impression on me. Beyond being one of the most eye-catching stock[ish] Model As I've come across, this is also the only one I've ever seen (in real life or online) that had a folding fabric soft top for the rumble seat. Someone really likes their mother-in-law.

Okay, so maybe it's not all stock. The stance is definitely leaning more toward hot-rod, with a slight forward rake and taller rear tires with later-model wire wheels. All the stock body trim is present and painted or plated in correct finishes. The interior looks stock, too, apart from a little modern insulation and as-yet unfinished floors. The seatbelts are, of course, aftermarket. I can't say for sure but I think the body colors are probably Thorne Brown (or Moleskin Brown) over Bronson Yellow with body-matched wheels. The paint doesn't look new; it has some chips around the doors and hood hinges that indicate the car gets driven, used and enjoyed. The bugs caked on the headlights and grille lend credence to that as well. The Boyce Motometer atop the radiator is a great detail, ditto the period-correct license plates. I'm not normally one who's terribly interested in these cars, but this one is cool.

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