1929 Ford Model A Phaeton
Under power, the Model A’s agile suspension and torquey demeanor make it a wonderful companion on the road, and there’s no mistaking its distinctive sound.
There are more than a few well-known car collectors out there with massive collections of Classic and exotic machinery, and the one thing almost all of them have in common is the Model A Ford. No matter how vast a collection may be, or how much was spent acquiring it, at some point everyone in the old car world has owned one of Henry’s lovely little ladies. With great performance, unbeatable reliability, a massive parts and knowledge base, and delightful styling, they are perhaps as good a hobby car as they were new cars. If you’re a Model A fan, then I’m preaching to the choir, but if you’re new to the hobby, there are not many better choices than a Ford Model A of any kind.
Among the most desirable body styles is the phaeton, and this 1929 example is a fresh restoration with fewer than 250 miles since it was completed. The man responsible for its wonderful condition is a professional antique airplane restorer who built it for himself, and as a result it is ideally set up for touring with smart modifications and exemplary workmanship. Finished in traditional Washington Blue with a Straw pinstripe and wheels, it will make a fantastic car to enjoy this summer. The finish is excellent, and uses DuPont Centari paint to achieve a very period-correct finish that has the right shine for the little Model A. All the body panels are original Henry Ford steel, no reproductions, and he clearly invested a lot of time in getting the bodywork straight before the paint went on. All four doors fit well, the hood opens and closes without binding, and the hand-applied pinstripes look completely authentic.
The car also carries almost every accessory available, including dual side mounts, cowl lights, a radiator guard, and a deluxe moto-meter to keep an eye on temperatures. This car originally carried a rear-mounted spare tire, but a correct trunk rack has been recently installed (although it is not shown in the photos). All the chrome was either refinished or replaced with fresh pieces, and it glitters like jewelry against the lovely dark Washington Blue paint. Also note that the cowl lights function as turn signal indicators, and the headlights feature sealed beam units inside the original housings, offering a lot more light without drastically altering the look and easily switched back if that’s your desire.
A standard black leatherette interior is both durable and stylish, again with a few smart upgrades that will make it a delightful companion on the road. Model A experts will note that the door panels are slightly more plush than original, but they look fantastic, and matching black carpets have been fitted fore and aft in place of the original rubber mats, and the difference it makes in sound and vibration is remarkable. The instrument panel has been polished and all the gauges work properly. Turn signals have been added on the steering column, and the green knob on the floor is a battery cut-off switch that makes it easy to park the car without worries. Seat belts have been installed front and back for additional safety, and there’s a brand new top with matching boot, although it has never been used and the car has never seen rain.
The engine is believed to be the original, numbers-matching piece, fully rebuilt and ready to drive. It starts easily, thanks to an electronic ignition system, and idles smoothly. Under power, the Model A’s wonderful sound and torquey demeanor make it a wonderful companion on the road, and there’s no mistaking its distinctive sound. The water pump has sealed, maintenance-free bearings, the motor mounts are rubber-insulated so the ride is remarkably smooth, and a 6-volt alternator ensures a fully charged battery under all conditions. Detailing is excellent, with fresh Ford Green paint on the block, bright hardware, and proper cloth-wrapped coolant hoses. It stays cool on the road, and happily goes about its business without any fussing.
Clutch action is light and the shifter moves through the gates easily, although double-clutching is recommended. The chassis was full restored, featuring correct finishes throughout and no notable modifications save for cast iron brake drums that noticeably improve feel and performance. The original 21-inch welded wire wheels have been powdercoated to match the Straw pinstripe, so they’ll look this good practically forever, and it wears brand new 4.40-4.50x21 Firestone wide whitewall tires.
This delightful Model A phaeton is a very affordable way to enjoy the old car hobby, and it is completely turn-key and ready to tour this summer. Join the thousands of other enthusiasts around the world in celebrating what may be the most versatile and beloved hobby car of all time. Beautifully finished and wonderful to drive, this is the Model A to own if you’re ready to drive.