When is the best time to purchase an antique or classic automobile?

Thinking about purchasing an antique or classic automobile? There are a few things you might want to consider, like when is the best time of year to purchase one. There are actually two periods which you should consider, one is late October to January. The second is from late March to early April. Some think the best time to buy is in late fall, the reasons being that the vehicle is at least 20 years old and most antique and classic cars do not fare well in inclement weather conditions during the winter months. This results in the need to store and winterize the vehicle, usually from December to March. The sellers are beginning the process of putting the vehicles in storage and then having them winterized which can be a rather large expense. The fact being if they do not want to have this added expense they might be willing to negotiate or lower the asking price of their vehicle. Second is that many owners want the extra cash to purchase another vehicle to also take advantage of the lower prices.

The second time of year for buyers to purchase an antique or classic automobile is late March to early April. Why you ask? The biggest reason being is that this is the season that most of us in the United States dread. It is Tax Season. Many collectors are looking for a quick deal to give them the extra funds perhaps to settle the taxes that they owe the government. Bottom line is that this period just before the taxes are due on April 15 it is a great time for you to purchase an antique or classic car. To discover more information on buying an antique or classic car, please visit our Classic Car Resource Guide. Once again my friends, Happy Motoring…

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Classic or Antique – How are they different?

Classic car aficionados just love talking, hearing and even dreaming about their classic cars. They can’t seem to get enough. If you are planning on becoming a part of the classic car world you should know the difference between a Model A Ford and a ’68 Chevy Camaro especially if you plan on purchasing one. Yet even the most seasoned buyers get confused between what actually qualifies as a “Classic” or an “Antique” automobile. Each state along with insurance companies and various associations defines the classifications differently. Here is a general idea as to the differences between the two.

Classic Car

The classic car definition is an area of hot debate. One organization like the Classic Car Club of America (CCCA) only considers automobiles manufactured between 1925 and 1948 to be classic automobiles. Others say that it should be between 20 and 40 years old while some say they should be between 30 and 49 years old. So as you see it can get quite confusing, however whatever age most auctions and clubs prefer “Classic” as opposed to “Antique”. Either way for your vehicle to be considered a classic or an antique it must be restored and maintained in such a way as to preserve its original design, condition and specs, If it is altered 9n any way it will no longer qualify for classic or antique status.

Antique Car

An antique automobile is one simply defined as to having antique features. As for the age of the automobile the rule generally accepted by most insurance companies is that the automobile be older than 25 years old. However most of the aficionados mentioned earlier define an antique auto to be older than 45 years old to qualify it for antique status as established by the Antique Automobile Club of America (AACE). The problem is that stat laws vary from state to state. An example of this is in the beautiful state of Florida an automobile bust be at least 30 years old to qualify for an antique license plate. Hope this has been helpful, very confusing but helpful. Once again, Happy Motoring my friends…

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How To Sell Your Classic Car

It doesn’t matter if you are selling rocking chairs or cars… selling anything does require some effort and planning on your part. As opposed to selling your vehicle quickly just to make room in your garage to selling it for fair market value might take a little more time. Here are some basic steps to selling your vehicle.

Classic Cars come in many different styles, types and shapes that to be successful at selling them it’s necessary to tailor your approach to the particular vehicle. The bottom line here is that you want to get top dollar for your vehicle.

Step 1: Prepare the car to be sold

Preparing your car to be sold is self-explanatory.

You need to make sure that your vehicle is in top mechanical order. Clean it thoroughly and put it someplace that is highly visible. You can sell a vehicle without doing these things, but they almost always pay off. The similar you make it for the buyer to say yes, the faster you will sell it, and the more money you will get for it.

The more valuable your car and the better it’s condition the more obvious small defects will be when a buyer comes to inspect it. Make sure to carefully detail it. If need be let a professional detailer do it. If you are selling a parts car, this is not necessary.

The one exception is if it is an all original vehicle. It needs to look original, especially if you have had it stored for a long period, or if it is in exceptionally good original condition or has very low mileage. Some collectors would rather do the heavy cleaning themselves, but you might want to remove the worst of the dirt and heavy grime to make it easier to properly evaluate the vehicle.

Once you have made the vehicle as presentable as possible, it’s time to photograph it so you have pictures to use in ads, auctions or to send to potential buyers. This is also a good time to gather all of the paperwork and documents for the car such as, ownership documents, old receipts and photos that you have accumulated over the years so they can be inspected by the purchaser.

Step 2: Pricing Your Vehicle

An important step is to set your price. Pricing and valuing are not the same.

The value of any vehicle refers to the market’s view of what a similar model is worth. When pricing your vehicle you need to take into account what similar vehicles have sold for, as well as many other factors, including:

Do you need to sell it quickly? Is the market for classic cars rising, sinking or holding steady? Is your vehicle currently a must have collectible or not. What is the current market value? What is the honest overall condition of your vehicle?

If you are in a hurry to sell and have a car that is not a market darling or if it is in rough condition, it is generally best to price it close to market value, but be prepared to take market or less to make a quick deal. If it is one of the hot sellers, you can get away with pricing it 10 to 20% higher than market.

Some research and a little common sense on the current market will go a long way in helping you price your vehicle more effectively. Check auction results and price guides for similar cars. If you are unsure, you might want to hire a professional appraiser who specializes in classic cars. When you finally set your asking price make sure you also know the lowest price that you can accept for your vehicle.

Steps 3 and 4: Prepare and Execute the Marketing Plan

Consigning your vehicle to a broker or dealer is simple. You either grant an exclusive or a non-exclusive right to sell your car to the broker or dealer of your choice. The cost varies but usually it is negotiable. A dealer is a licensed establishment with a permanent location or showroom that is open to the public. Brokers may or may not have a showroom, but tend to meke connections between sellers and buyers based on their knowledge of the market and who wants to buy and sell at the moment. Both can make the selling process easier.

For most, advertising a car for sale means classified ads. Classified ads can be broken into two categories, print and online. They are both good ways to sell. In most cases online advertising can reach a much wider audience. The idea is to attract potential buyers to your car not to actually sell the car with the ad. Selling it is your job when you meet with potential buyers.

Sometimes there is a temptation to advertise your vehicle in a local newspaper, but any perceived convenience is overshadowed by a small number of potential buyers. A national ad will greatly increase the potential for you to get top dollar for your car.

The internet accounts for a large portion of the marketplace for any product. Most print media offer an online version. If you don’t see it, ask them about it. Many offer package deals for both print and online.

Just like advertising, auctions are now split into two, live and online. Both can be effective.

Online auctions are the new kids on the block for selling cars. An online auction allows you to reach a wide audience of potential buyers and is less costly than actually sending your car to a live auction. Auction houses generally earn their reputations for selling specific types of cars. For example you are not going to send your Model A Ford to an auction house that specializes in selling muscle cars it just doesn’t make sense. Do your homework and find the one that fits your needs

Word of mouth is another option to consider when selling your car. Classic car collecting is a tight knit community and then interconnections between its members can be3 very useful. When you tell friends and other collectors they tend to tell their friends and other collectors.

Taking your vehicle to car shows and car corrals is a great way to get it in front of those potential buyers.  I hope this has been helpful and good luck with selling your vehicle. Once again my friends Happy Motoring…

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How To Take Care Of Your Car’s Finish

One of the most important lessons to learn about ownership, regardless of the vehicle’s age is the proper care of your vehicles exterior finish. One of the most obvious features on your vehicle is its paint job. It is very expensive to replace or repair it. Take the time to learn which products to use and when to use them. This will add years to the life of your vehicles paint. These techniques will take up a good portion of the day and are about average in difficulty.

Always start by properly washing your car using the proper tools. Get a paint-safe microfiber or cotton washing mitt, a 5-gallon bucket and good cleaning products designed specifically for automotive use. There are a lot of great products out there, find the one that works best for you. Find one that is a non-detergent, pH balanced formula so it will not strip of the wax, and that it is mixed with lubrication to prevent scratching and conditioners to maintain the shine protection. They are usually gentle on all painted surfaces as well as vinyl, rubber and plastic components.

Don’t ever skip drying. After washing your vehicle, drying it is necessary to prevent water spots, you know those mineral deposits that etch the outline of a drop of water into your vehicles paint job. Detailing professionals recommend using 100% cotton detailing cloths or sheepskin chamois to dry your vehicle, polyester and microfiber can scratch your paint. If you want to get high-tech, many car-care product lines carry paint-safe drying towels that are super absorbent and claim to be lint and scratch free.

If a good wash wasn’t enough to get off all of the road grime, pollution, tree sap and bug residue, the next step is to use a auto detailing clay bar because it pulls the contamination off the surface without abrasion or scratching. Detailing clay usually comes in a kit with a lubricating spray. You just spray the area to be cleaned, then glide the clay along the surface and it will grab anything protruding from the surface. Detailing clay is not designed to remove swirl marks or scratches in the paint. Insect deposits or heavy tar may need to be removed with a specialty solvent.

“But the paint still looks dull!” At this point you have one problem with three solutions. The problem is old oxidized paint and the solution is either car polish, cleaner or rubbing compounds. All three remove unwanted dull paint but in varying degrees of aggressiveness. Polish removes the least amount of paint while rubbing compounds remove the most and cleaners are somewhere in the middle. Start with an application of polish first before moving on to a cleaner. Before using a rubbing compound, which is a very aggressive cleaner you should talk to a professional.

“Should I wax my car now?” Waxing your vehicle is the most important thing you can do to protect your vehicles paint, and is an absolute must, especially if you just used a cleaner or a polish. Use a good carnauba wax or a paint sealant. Carnauba car wax produces a deep healthy shine that you cannot get with a sealant, but only lasts about eight to twelve weeks. Paint sealants give you longer lasting protection and will not melt, wear away or wash off for about six months. If you have the time and the money, use a sealant and then a carnauba wax.

Other Tips

  • Always start your project out of direct sunlight. Make sure the paint is cool before applying any cleaner or wax.
  • Spray your vehicle with ample amounts of water before washing. Use the water to spray off dirt and other contaminates that will scratch you finish if you use a sponge and water first.
  • Make sure that you wash and rinse in sections so the soap doesn’t dry before being able to rinse it off.
  • Always read the directions on all of your car care products before attempting to use them. Once again, Happy Motoring!
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More Ford Model A Statistics

For those of you who love stats…

1928 – 29 Tudor 55A

     

The Tudor Sedan was considered the family car of its day and was the most popular body style of the entire Ford line of that era.

Domestic Production Numbers:
1927 – 1,948
1928 – 208,562
1929 – 523,922

Cost:
1928 $495 (F.O.B. Detroit)
1929 $500 (F.O.B. Detroit)

Production Paint Colors 1928 55A:

Upper & Lower Body  Upper Body Back    Belt, Qtr & Sill Mold.        Reveals         Stripe

Niagara Blue, Light            Niagara Blue, Dark             Duchess Blue             Duchess Blue   French Gray
Arabian Sand, Dark                  Copra Drab                      Copra Drab              French Gray      French Gray
Dawn Gray, Dark                   Gunmetal Blue             Dawn Gray, Dark      Dawn Gray, Dark      Straw
Niagara Blue, Dark           Niagara Blue, Light       Niagara Blue, Light        Duchess Blue    French Gray
Gunmetal Blue                               Black                                  Black                     French Gray     French Gray
Production Paint Colors 1929 55A (Used through April 1929):

Upper & Lower Body   Belt, Qtr & Sill Molding & Upper Back      Reveals                Stripe
Bonnie Gray                                                   Chelsea Blue                                  Chelsea Blue             Straw
Rose Beige                                                       Seal Brown                                    Seal Brown               Orange
Vagabond Green                                        Rock Moss Green                         Rock Moss Green        Straw
Andalusite Blue                                                   Black                                   Niagara Blue, Light     French Gray
Production Paint Colors 1929 55A (Used after April 1929):
Upper & Lower Body   Belt, Qtr & Sill Molding & Upper Back      Reveals                Stripe
Rose Beige                                                    Seal Brown                                        Rose Beige              Orange
Vagabond Green                                 Rock Moss Green                               Vagabond Green           Straw
Andalusite Blue                                               Black                                          Andalusite Blue      French Gray
Mountain Brown                                   Thorne Brown                                 Mountain Brown           Straw (1)
Thorne Brown                                                 Black                                           Thorne Brown             Gold (1)
*(1) Available October 1929

1928 – 29 Fordor 60A, B, and C (Briggs)

The 1928 model Fordor 60A was introduced with a Seal Brown top and cowl ventilator on the left. Also note the celluloid sun visor which was later replaced by the rigid metal visor.

       

In 1929 two models were introduced, the 60B with leather back and black top, and 60C with steel back and black fabric top.

       

Domestic Production Numbers (60A, B, and C):
1927 – 0
1928 – 82,349
1929 – 146,097

Cost:
1928 – 60A – $570 (F.O.B. Detroit)
1929 – 60B & C – $600 (F.O.B. Detroit)

Production Paint Colors 1928 60A:
Lower Body      Upper Body      Belt, Qtr & Sill Molding       Reveals            Stripe
Balsam Green       Valley Green                   Valley Green                Pembroke Gray     Old Ivory
Copra Drab             Seal Brown                      Seal Brown                    Copra Drab     French Gray (1)
Rose Beige               Seal Brown                     Seal Brown                     Rose Beige          Orange (2)
Andalusite Blue  Andalusite Blue             Andalusite Blue        Arabian Sand, Dark   Orange
*(1) Dropped August 1928
*(2) Available September 1928
Production Paint Colors 1929 60B & C:

Upper & Lower Body      Belt, Qtr & Sill Molding & Upper Back     Reveals            Stripe
Bonnie Gray                                                       Chelsea Blue                               Bonnie Gray          Straw (1)
Rose Beige                                                           Seal Brown                                  Rose Beige (4)     Orange
Vagabond Green                                           Rock Moss Green                       Vagabond Green      Straw
Andalusite Blue                                               Andalusite Blue                         Niagara Blue (2)    French Gray
Thorne Brown                                                           Black                                           Black                  Gold
Bramble Brown                                                Thorne Brown                          Bramble Brown       Cream (3)
*(1) Dropped May 1929
*(2) Sill Molding Andalusite Blue
*(3) Stripe may be Orange for January 1929
*(4) Sill Molding Seal Brown

1929 -30 Town Car 140A

     

Domestic Production Numbers:
1928 – 89
1929 – 913
1930 – 63

Cost:
1928 Town Car (Unavailable) (F.O.B. Detroit)
1929 Town Car $1200 (F.O.B. Detroit)
1930 Town Car $1200 (F.O.B. Detroit)

Production Paint Colors 1929 – 30 140A:

Lower Body & Reveals         Upper Body, Belt, Qtr & Sill Moulding             Stripe
Brewster Green                                                      Black Serpent                                           Green
Thorne Brown                                                                Black                                                Orange (1)
Black                                                                                Black                                                    Gold
Mulberry Maroon                                                          Black                                       Coach Vermilion (2)
Madras Carbuncle                                                         Black                                             Casino Red (3)
*(1) Gold or Silver Gray stripe also used
*(2) Dropped January 1929
*(3) Available January 1929
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Ford Model A Statistics

1928 – 29 Closed Model A’s – Factory Data

Closed Body Styles

Name                                                                    Body type          Year
Std. Coupe                                                                       45A               1928-29
Special Coupe                                                                 49A               1928-29
Spt. Coupe                                                                       50A               1928-29
Business Coupe                                                              54A               1928-29
Tudor Sedan                                                                    55A               1928-29
Fordor Leather Back-Briggs Seal Brown Top          60A               1928-29
Fordor Leather Back-Briggs Black Top                     60B                  1929
Fordor Steal Back-Briggs                                             60A                  1929
Taxi-Cab                                                                          135A              1928-29
Town Car                                                                        140A              1928-29
Station Wagon                                                               150A              1928-29
Town Sedan – Murray                                                 155A                  1929
Town Sedan – Briggs                                                   155B                  1929
Std. Fordor Sedan – Murray                                      165A                  1929
Std. Fordor Sedan – Briggs                                        165B                  1929
Std. Fordor Sedan 2/W Briggs                                  170A                  1929

1928 – 29 Standard Coupe 45A

         

Domestic Production Numbers:
1927 – 629
1928 – 70,784
1929 – 178,982

Cost:
1928 $495 (F.O.B. Detroit)
1929 $500 (F.O.B. Detroit)

Production Paint Colors 1928 45A

Upper & Lower Body     Belt, Qtr & Sill Molding         Reveals                 Stripe
Niagara Blue, Light                            Duchess Blue                 Duchess Blue          French Gray
Arabian Sand, Dark                            Copra Drab                    French Gray            French Gray
Dawn Gray, Dark                           Dawn Gray, Light            Dawn Gray, Light          Straw
Niagara Blue, Dark                        Niagara Blue, Light            Duchess Blue         French Gray
Gunmetal Blue                               Dawn Gray, Dark             Dawn Gray, Dark     French Gray

Production Paint Colors 1929 45A (Used through April 1929)

Upper & Lower Body     Belt, Qtr & Sill Molding         Reveals                 Stripe
Bonnie Gray                                      Chelsea Blue                   Chelsea Blue                Straw
Rose Beige                                          Seal Brown                      Seal Brown                 Orange
Vagabond Green                           Rock Moss Green           Rock Moss Green           Straw
Andalusite Blue                                       Black                     Niagara Blue, Light     French Gray

Production Paint Colors 1929 45A (Used after April 1929)

Upper & Lower Body     Belt, Qtr & Sill Molding         Reveals                 Stripe
Rose Beige                                          Seal Brown                         Rose Beige               Orange
Vagabond Green                          Rock Moss Green              Vagabond Green           Straw
Andalusite Blue                                      Black                            Andalusite Blue       French Gray
Mountain Brown                            Thorne Brown                 Mountain Brown          Straw (1)
Thorne Brown                                        Black                             Thorne Brown            Gold (1)

*(1) Available October 1929

1928 – 29 Special Coupe 49A

      
The Special Coupe 49A was in production from July 1928 to July 1929. The only distinctive feature between the Standard Coupe 45A and the Special Coupe 49A is the artificial leather on the back.

Domestic Production Numbers:
1928 Not Available
1929 Not Available

Cost:
1928 $500 (F.O.B. Detroit)
1929 $510 (F.O.B. Detroit)

Production Paint Colors 1928 49A

Upper & Lower Body     Belt, Qtr & Sill Molding         Reveals                 Stripe
Niagara Blue, Light                         Duchess Blue                    Duchess Blue           French Gray
Arabian Sand, Dark                          Copra Drab                      French Gray            French Gray
Dawn Gray, Dark                         Dawn Gray, Light             Dawn Gray, Light           Straw
Niagara Blue, Dark                    Niagara Blue, Light               Duchess Blue           French Gray
Gunmetal Blue                             Dawn Gray, Dark              Dawn Gray, Dark       French Gray

Production Paint Colors 1929 49A (Used through April 1929)

Upper & Lower Body     Belt, Qtr & Sill Molding         Reveals                 Stripe
Bonnie Gray                                       Chelsea Blue                   Chelsea Blue                Straw
Rose Beige                                            Seal Brown                        Seal Brown              Orange
Vagabond Green                           Rock Moss Green             Rock Moss Green         Straw
Andalusite Blue                                       Black                      Niagara Blue, Light     French Gray

Production Paint Colors 1929 49A (Used after April 1929)

Upper & Lower Body     Belt, Qtr & Sill Molding         Reveals                 Stripe
Rose Beige                                            Seal Brown                        Rose Beige              Orange
Vagabond Green                          Rock Moss Green              Vagabond Green           Straw
Andalusite Blue                                      Black                           Andalusite Blue       French Gray
Mountain Brown                           Thorne Brown                  Mountain Brown          Straw (1)
Thorne Brown                                        Black                             Thorne Brown            Gold (1)

*(1) Available October 1929

1928 – 29 Sport Coupe 50A

      

Domestic Production Numbers:
1927 – 734
1928 – 79,099
1929 – 134,292

Cost:
1928 $550 (F.O.B. Detroit)
1929 $530 (F.O.B. Detroit)

Production Paint Colors 1928 50A

Upper & Lower Body     Belt, Qtr & Sill Molding         Reveals                 Stripe
Niagara Blue, Light                         Duchess Blue                    Duchess Blue          French Gray
Arabian Sand, Dark                          Copra Drab                       French Gray           French Gray
Dawn Gray, Dark                        Dawn Gray, Light              Dawn Gray, Light          Straw
Niagara Blue, Dark                    Niagara Blue, Light               Duchess Blue          French Gray
Gunmetal Blue                             Dawn Gray, Dark              Dawn Gray, Dark      French Gray

Production Paint Colors 1929 50A (Used through April 1929)

Upper & Lower Body     Belt, Qtr & Sill Molding         Reveals                 Stripe
Bonnie Gray                                        Chelsea Blue                   Chelsea Blue               Straw
Rose Beige                                            Seal Brown                      Seal Brown               Orange
Vagabond Green                          Rock Moss Green             Rock Moss Green          Straw
Andalusite Blue                                     Black                        Niagara Blue, Light     French Gray

Production Paint Colors 1929 50A (Used after April 1929)

Upper & Lower Body     Belt, Qtr & Sill Molding         Reveals                 Stripe
Rose Beige                                             Seal Brown                      Rose Beige               Orange
Vagabond Green                            Rock Moss Green           Vagabond Green           Straw
Andalusite Blue                                        Black                        Andalusite Blue        French Gray
Mountain Brown                                Thorne Brown             Mountain Brown          Straw (1)
Thorne Brown                                          Black                         Thorne Brown             Gold (1)

*(1) Available October 1929

1928 – 29 Business Coupe 54A

      

The Business Coupe 54A is similar to the Sport Coupe 50A except it has a trunk instead of rumble seat and is not equipped with Landau Irons. With introduction of the 1929 model the oval windows were added to the rear quarter. Later Ford did offer the Landau Irons as an accessory.

Domestic Production Numbers:
1927 – 0
1928 – 37,343
1929 – 37,644

Cost:
1928 $495 (F.O.B. Detroit)
1929 $490 (F.O.B. Detroit)

Production Paint Colors 1928 54A

Upper & Lower Body     Belt, Qtr & Sill Molding         Reveals                 Stripe
Niagara Blue, Light                          Duchess Blue                   Duchess Blue          French Gray
Arabian Sand, Dark                           Copra Drab                      French Gray           French Gray
Dawn Gray, Dark                          Dawn Gray, Light             Dawn Gray, Light         Straw
Niagara Blue, Dark                      Niagara Blue, Light              Duchess Blue          French Gray
Gunmetal Blue                               Dawn Gray, Dark              Dawn Gray, Dark      French Gray

Production Paint Colors 1929 54A (Used through April 1929)

Upper & Lower Body     Belt, Qtr & Sill Molding         Reveals                 Stripe
Bonnie Gray                                        Chelsea Blue                   Chelsea Blue               Straw
Rose Beige                                            Seal Brown                     Seal Brown                Orange
Vagabond Green                           Rock Moss Green            Rock Moss Green          Straw
Andalusite Blue                                       Black                     Niagara Blue, Light     French Gray

Production Paint Colors 1929 54A (Used after April 1929)

Upper & Lower Body     Belt, Qtr & Sill Molding         Reveals                 Stripe
Rose Beige                                             Seal Brown                      Rose Beige               Orange
Vagabond Green                            Rock Moss Green            Vagabond Green          Straw
Andalusite Blue                                        Black                         Andalusite Blue      French Gray
Mountain Brown                              Thorne Brown               Mountain Brown        Straw (1)
Thorne Brown                                          Black                           Thorne Brown          Gold (1)

*(1) Available October 1929

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Ford Model A Victoria

In 1930, the Model A’s third season of production there was 17 body styles offered. Five of these were completely new. These included the Deluxe Phaeton, the Deluxe Roadster with a sporty cantered windshield and lower top profile, a two window Deluxe Forder with blind rear quarters, a Deluxe Coupe with an upscale interior and a close-coupled two door sedan called “Victoria”. Of all of these the Victoria was the most noteworthy with a number of styling features that would find wider use in 1931.

To make entering the vehicle easier it was built with extra wide doors. The Victoria also had folding front seat for easy access to the roomy rear seat. Behind the rear seat was space for luggage provided by adding a “bustle” to the cars rear contour. Introduced in November of 1930, it had a visor-less slanted windshield and a lowered steering column, similar to that in the Deluxe Phaeton. The vehicles were available in two roof styles. One had steel rear quarters and one had a fully padded fabric cover. The interior was available in a brown Bedford cord or striped tan broadcloth.

Only 6,447 Victorias were built in the final days of 1930, however in 1931 production soared. By the time production wound down in August almost 37,000 had been delivered. The body style was extremely popular and continued into 1934, which by then completely new bodies for 1935 were available with an externally aaccessable trunk compartment. The name proved even more durable being recycled for Fords first hardtop convertible in 1951. Hope you found this interesting and informative. Happy Motoring…

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Deluxe Tudor Sedan

The Deluxe Tudor Sedan was introduced in June of 1931. Ford had hoped to increase sales during the early years of the depression by adding features the standard model did not have. Most of the changes were in the interior of the vehicle. The interior resembled the Victoria. Fewer than 24,000 Deluxe Tudors were manufactured and were all “late 1931” models.

Exterior Differences
All of the Deluxe Tudors had cowl lights that were installed from the factory. This was optional on the Standard Tudor. The Deluxe Tudors paint was the same as the 1931 Town Sedan. All of the Deluxe Tudors had painted wheels except black. Most of the wheel colors matched the pinstipe, which was painted the same as the Standard Tudor. Besides the cowl lights and the paint, all of the 1930-31 Tudors were identical.

Interior Differences
The interior of the Deluxe and standard were very different. The Standard had standard upholstery materials while the Deluxe model used similar materials to the Victoria and the Deluxe Fordor sedans. The window mouldings and the dash were wood grained in the Deluxe Tudor as compared to being just painted a solid maroon color in the Standard Tudor. Both the Deluxe and the Standard Tudors came with rear window shades, however the material used in the Deluxe was different, it was silk-like and was one of two patters, one was diamond-like and the other was herringbone-like. The Deluxe Tudor had arm rests and assist straps in the rear passenger compartment like those in the Victoria. The Deluxe Tudor also had a round dome light in the center of the roof behind the front seats. This same dome light was also used in the Deluxe Coupe, Standard Fordor Sedans and some other body styles. The front seats of the Deluxe Tudor were similar to the late Victoria and the Convertible Sedan. The drivers seat was on tracks so it could be adjusted frontwards and backwards. The passenger seat had legs so it could be slightly adjusted up and down to change the “rake” of the seat. Standard Tudor seats would flip forward but were not adjustable.

Again my friends, Happy Motoring!

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A bit of Model A history

In June of 1927, Ford did something no one thought they would ever do. Soon after producing their 15,000,000th Model T, production ceased and all of the Ford plants were shut down to be retooled for their new Model A. Thinking this would only take a couple of months, it actually took six.

In December 1927 the Model A was ready to be introduced to the public. For pick up buyers the only Model A pick up available at first, was an open cab type. It featured a new body style provided to Ford by Briggs Manufacturing. It also used a soft top that was non-retractable that used side curtains made of canvas and mica to keep out the elements. Though these cabs were new the pickup boxes used were carryover from the Model T. These trucks didn’t just look new, they were new. They featured a new body, new engine, new transmission, new frames and new wheels. Their new 4 cylinder, 200 cubic inch  engine produced 40 horsepower at 2200 RPM. Backing up these engines was a new 3 speed manual transmission that used a standard “H” shifting pattern. They were a lot easier to use than the 3 pedal planetary transmission that was used on the Model T. Standard equipment on these new Model A’s included a six volt starting system, left fender mounted spare tire, a four wheel mechanical braking system, tool kit, hand operated windshield wiper and a comfortable seat covered in artificial leather.

In August 1928 the Closed Cab version was introduced to the public. This truck featured an all steel cab with roll up windows in the doors. Both vehicles were available in Black or Rock Moss Green. The fenders, running boards, wheels, headlight buckets and the radiator grille were painted black on these vehicles. Ford produced 26,171 pickups in 1928 before the model year ended. In February 1929 Ford released their 1929 Model A pickups with minor changes over their 1928 counterparts. One of these changes involved exterior door handles to Open Cab models while the other change had Ford offering more exterior color choices for pick up buyers. All of these changes appealed to buyers as Ford’s Model A pick up production jumped to 77,900 units that year.

The 1930 model year saw Ford redesigning all of their Model A’s including the pickups. The redesign involved smoothing out the cowl panels, restyled fenders, raising the hood line and using a taller, thinner radiator. Closed Cab pickup models got a sun-visor mounted over the windshield, a windshield that could be pivoted out from the bottom for cab ventilation, a new soft roof panel, and a cab with more rounded corners on its back side. Open Cab variants got a new top that could be removed and the windshield could be laid down flat on top of the cowl. In addition they offered even more color choices. Even with all these changes they couldn’t keep the pickup production from dropping to 48,378 in this depression year.

For the last year of the Model A production, 1931, Ford offered a larger pickup box (22.2 cubic feet compared to 16.8)  and even more exterior color choices to buyers. They even offered a limited production pickup for people who wanted something special. This pickup was called the Model A Deluxe Pickup and it featured a unique slab-sided pickup box that bolted to the back of a closed cab making the two separate pieces look like one. Chrome plated brass rails were added to the top of the bed sides to provide a distinctive look to these trucks. In addition all of the nickel plated trim found on the Deluxe Model A cars were also used on these trucks. Most of them were painted white with black fenders and top panel. Only 293 of them were produced and about 100 of them were used by General Electric technicians who worked on refrigerators. Ford also offered a Canopy Top (Type 65-A) Option for those people who wanted a covered pickup to use for their businesses. Ford produced 29,545 pickups before they stopped production of their 1931 Model A trucks in March of 1932. That brought to a close the Model A era which saw Ford produce some of their most popular vehicles that had such an impact they are still popular today almost 70 years after the first one was produced in the United States.

Happy Motoring, my friends!

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2017 Upcoming Shows and Events

Here is a list of some shows and events that are coming up. Take advantage of them and go and enjoy yourselves! As always, Happy Motoring!

June 2017

June 4 — Sharon, WI

Hosts: Rock-Ford A’s

21st Annual Model A Day

This event is sponsored by the Sharon Main Street Association with assistance from the Rock-Ford A’s of Rockford, Illinois.

Free admission for this all day event which runs from 9 AM to 2 PM in a historic downtown near the Wisconsin-Illinois state line. Re-live the Roaring 20’s era with over 200 Model A cars lining the streets. Watch era re-enactors and costumed residents while dancers and music entertainers perform in the town’s gazebo. Enjoy an ice cream social, pig roast with all the trimmings and other homemade treats. Swap meet and vendors. Free dash plaque commemorating the event if you drive your Model A.

For info contact Jim Morley: jsmorley4@hotmail.com

 

June 5-9 — Omaha, Nebraska

Hosts: Meadowlark Model A Club

“Join the Scene in Seventeen”, 2017 Omaha Regional

Join us for five days of family-friendly Model A fun. We plan to tour to several site in and around Omaha. Banquets, men/ladies luncheons, car games, Hubley Derby, evening activities, lots of kid’s activities, and much more. website:

Website:  http://meadowlarks.omahaneb.org/2017/

For info contact Greg Bowden and Dale Jergensen, Co-chairs, 402-949-0521.

 

June 8-11 — Victoria, TX

Hosts: Piney Wood A’s

54th Texas Tour

Annual Texas Tour in Victoria, Texas. Self-guided tours, large Grand Tour, indoor car judging, fashion judging, Hubley races, and tons of fun with Model A friends from all over!

For info contact Elaine Bullard: elainebullard53@yahoo.com

 

June 18 — Chantilly, Virginia

Hosts: George Washington Chapter

44th sully plantation fathers day car show

Show includes flea market, car corral, over 400 antique and classic cars, music, food, car restoration displays and a tour of the historic house. Trophies awarded in 33 classes.

For info contact Bill Benedict, 703-430-2441. 109 Lakeland Dr, Sterling Va 20164

 

June 22-24 — Coos Bay, Oregon

Hosts: The Myrtlewood A’s

Northwest Regional Meet

This is a 3 day event on the beautiful Oregon coast at The Mill Casino. Please do not call the hotel and reserve your rooms until after you have sent in your registration forms and checks. This is not fair to the members who are registering correctly and want to stay at The Mill Casino. So far over 100 rooms have been reserved and only 40 registrations have been sent in.

Website:  http://www.2017nwrm.weebly.com/

For info contact Gail Clymer, Chairperson, 541-551-0471

 

June 25 — Santa Fe Springs, CA

Hosts: Diamond Tread Chapter

Annual Henry Ford Picnic

Diamond Tread Chapter hosts its Annual Henry Ford Picnic on Sunday, June 25, from 10:00 a.m. To 3:00 p.m. at Heritage Park, 12100 Mora Drive, Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670. There will be Peoples Choice awards, raffle, 1/3,1/3,1/3 drawing, and a catered hamburger and hot dog bar-b-que for $12.00 per person.

Send reservations to Diamond Tread Chapter, P.O. Box 4563, Downey, CA 90241

For info contact Bob Toerge: LROKehret@aol.com, (562) 869 8641. 10248 Gaybrook, Downey, CA 90241

 

July 2017

July 8 — Standish, Michigan

Hosts: Arenac Heritage Route Authority

6th Annual Model A’s & Model T’s at the Depot

The Standish Historical Depot & Welcome Center invites all Model A’s and Model T’s to its 6th Annual Car Show open to ALL original/restored cars and trucks 1931 and older. Vehicles pre-registered before July 1, 2017 will be registered for $5.00. Registrations received after July 1, 2017 and the day of show will be $10.00.

The show will begin at 10:00 am and conclude at 4:00 pm with awards to the best of show and the top 50 vehicles. Lunch and Ice Cream Social will be provided FREE to all pre-registered vehicles (limit 2 per vehicle). Era Dress Encouraged. Arrive the night before and cruise in your antique vehicle to a Historical location for a picnic dinner. We will depart the Standish Historical Depot Friday Night (July 7) at 5:30 pm.

For info contact the Standish Depot at (989) 718-3021 or info@standishdepot.org  -or- Curt Hillman: curtaat@arenacabstract.com, (989) 860-1102 – 107 N. Main St., Standish, MI 48658

 

August 2017

August 5 (Saturday) — St. Joseph, Illinois

Hosts: Prairie A’s Antique Ford Club

Antique Ford Day

Event is on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Downtown St. Joseph, IL off I-74, Exit 192. An invitation to display your antique Ford whether your Ford is original or restored, shiny or rusty, no matter condition, bring it for others to enjoy. Mix with other Ford enthusiasts. Family fun, car talk, car games. Restaurants nearby and overnight lodging available.

For info contact Dan Adcock, 217-649-0724.

 

August 9 (Wednesday) — Deming WA

Hosts: Moon On A

The Can-Am Model A Reliability Run – Mt. Baker A-scent

The Can-Am Model A Reliability Run is a friendly competition between Canadian and American Model Aers to see who can get the most A’s,AA’s & Speedsters to one spot.This time Moon On A is taking you up to 5000 feet.

A,B & C powered vehicles only, rain or shine. More details TBA

Website: http://www.moonona.org

For info contact Benny: moononamafca@yahoo.com , 360-659-4135 – 1242 State Ave, Suite I,PMB #112 Marysville,Wa 98270.

 

August 12 — Tucker, Georgia

Hosts: Georgia Chapter MAFCA

9th Annual Model A Parts Swap Meet

One Day- Saturday August 12th 2017- 8 am to 3 pm.

Free Spectator Parking and Admission. Vendor spaces for 20.00.

For info contact Gregg Bell: GBell@Atlantixglobal.com , 770-402-7182 or Rob Powell: Powell31418@Bellsouth.net, 770-925-8076. PO Box 5 Lilburn Ga 30047

 

August 19 — Amana, Iowa

Hosts: Hawk A Model A Ford Club

9th Annual Iowa Model A Days

This event brings together Model A owners, their cars and enthusiasts for a fun day of reliving the 20’s and 30’s. Highlights will include a display of cars, Women’s Tea and a couple of “how to” demonstrations or tech sessions. A new enhanced tour will be held on Friday, August 18 followed by a “Welcome” reception. All activities are free.

Information, updates, registration, shirt purchase and contacts can be viewed at www.hawkamodelaclub.org

For info contact Jan Wenger: jcwenger@outlook.com , 319-365-7044.

 

September 2017

September 9 — Orcutt CA

Hosts: Santa Maria A’s

15th Annual Santa Maria All Ford Car Show and Swap Meet

Located in OLD TOWN ORCUTT, CA. around the Beautiful Orcutt Union Plaza @ 201 South Broadway. Swap Meet opens at 7am, Show opens 8am, Presentation of Colors, 9am. Public invited: Free admission. To benefit the Allan Hancock Industrial Technology Program Scholarships. In 2016 we awarded 10 scholarships to deserving students. Sellers/entrants, $25 advance registration, $35 at the door. Live Music, Huge Raffle with many prizes, 50/50 raffle, Grand Raffle Prize.

-Try one of the many wonderful restaurants in Old Town for Breakfast and Lunch. 10 divisions for trophies, including original and modified classes. A trophy will be awarded to the FORD CLUB with the best participation. Bring the FAMILY; we are right in the middle of brand new facilities with Antique shops, fine restaurants and other shopping opportunities.

For info contact Curt Warner: ckw71977@yahoo.com , 805-478-1231 – Jay McCord: jemccord@aol.com  805-598-8133 – 4532 Merridock Ct Santa Maria, CA 93455

 

September 10 — Wampsville, New York

Hosts: Mohican Model A Ford Club, Inc.

57th Annual Antique Car Show, Car Corral and Flea Market

This event will be held on the grounds of Firemen’s Field on North Court Street in Wampsville, NY. Registration from 8 a.m. until Noon. Flea Market, all day. Judging of 27 pre-registered classes for 86 trophies. All makes and models included with 1989 cut-off. Dash plaques. Breakfast and lunch available from Wampsville Volunteer Firemen, Cash Raffle, Car Corral. Only three miles from New York State Thruway Exit 34 (Canastota). Annually the largest single club car show in Central New York.

Details/Registration: http://mohicanmodela.weebly.com/

Show Chair: William Kritzler, (315)736-1928, 6075 Rte. 291, Marcy, NY 13403.

 

September 15 — Hickory Corners, MI

Hosts: MAFCA

Board of Directors Meeting

 

September 15-17 — North Conway, NH

Hosts: New Hampshire Lakes Region Model A Club

61st Annual New England Model A Meet

The event will be held at the North Conway Grand Hotel. See you in the North Conway for a White Mountain Adventure.

Website: www.2017nemodelameet.com/

For info contact: Keith Costello Meet Chair: madriverc18@gmail.com , 508-330-4559 or Mark Smith Meet VIce-Chair: smithmh9@gmail.com , 603-544-2230

 

September 16 — Medford, Oregon

Hosts: Sis-Q As, Rogue Valley A’s, Henry A’s

Annual Tri-Chapter Gymkhana and Potluck

For info contact Rick Black: Rick@RickBlack.org , 541-499-1356.

 

September 18-22 — Altoona, Iowa

Hosts: Central Iowa Model A Club

GAMARAI XXII

September 18-22, 2017 Hosts: Central Iowa Model A Club 2017 GAMARAI XXII Beginning in Altoona, Iowa and touring out to Davenport, Iowa where we will spend a couple days touring the area before heading back to Des Moines, Iowa. Visit centraliowamodelaclub.com for more information.

For info contact John McClain: jrmc@mchsi.com , 515-988-1085.

 

September 24 — San Bernardino CA

Hosts: Paradise Valley Model A Ford Club

56th Annual Swap Meet & Car Show

All Vintage Car, Parts & related products, Antiques & Collectibles. Classic Car & Motorcycle Show. Open to all makes and models of Antique, Classic and Custom. 6am to 3pm — Free admission & parking. Vendor spaces $30, Cars-for-sale, $15. Overnight Saturday parking. Pancake Breakfast, 50/50 drawing. No food or drink vending No pets NO WEAPONS SALES OF ANY KIND

Western Little League Regional HDQRS 6707 N. Little League Dr. San Bernardino, CA 92407

Website: http://pvmafc.org/Swapmeet.html

For info contact Phil Messenger: pvmafc@gmail.com  , 909-262-9623 .

 

September 24-29 — Paso Robles, California

Hosts: Bakersfield Chapter

 

2017 MAFCA National Tour

Beginning in Paso Robles, CA with dinner at the Estrella War Birds Museum, then touring out to Cambria, CA to pick up the Pacific Coast Highway. From there we will wind our way north on CA Hwy 1 to San Simeon and the Hearst Castle, then it is on up the coast to Half Moon Bay, Big Sur, Carmel, Monterey Bay, San Francisco and over the Golden Gate Bridge. The tour will end in Napa Valley.

Route Change – March 31, 2017 https://mafca.com/events/2017 Nat Tour Route.pdf

Information Sheet: https://mafca.com/events/2017 Nat Tour Info.pdf

Itinerary and Registration Form: https://mafca.com/events/2017 Nat Tour Info Registration.pdf

MAFCA Waiver Form: https://mafca.com/events/2017 Nat Tour Waiver.pdf

For info contact Eddie Pruett: eddiepruett@yahoo.com

 

October 2017

October 4-7 — Hershey PA

Hosts: AACA

Annual Hershey Swap Meet (AACA)

Website: http://www.hersheyaaca.org/

 

November 2017

November 18 — Linn County Fair & Expo Center

Hosts: Enduring A’s Chapter

Albany Indoor Swap meet

The Enduring A’s Chapter, MAFCA, is hosting the 40th annual Albany Indoor Swap meet on Saturday, November 18, 2017 at the Linn County Expo, Albany, OR(I-5 Exit 234). Opens at 8 am. General admission $5 for 16 and older. Vendor spaces $30 and registration is encouraged.

For info contact Glen Osborn: albanyswapmeet@comcast.net , 541-928-1218. 5430 Winn Dr., Albany, OR 97321

 

November 29 – December 2 — Oklahoma City, OK

Hosts: Sooner Model A Club

 

2017 National Awards Banquet

We will be celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Sooner Model A Club with MAFCA by visiting a great private car collection, OKC National Bombing Memorial, Western Heritage Center, seminars, and more, all in the heart of OKC.

Website: http://www.soonermodela.org/mafcaawardsbanquet.htm

For info contact: Vaughn Cille Weidner: vweidner@cox.net

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