Classic Vintage Chrome Fomoco Roadster Model a four Cylinder 3 Speed Manual red
Not all Ford Model A roadsters were created equal. Yes, each original one is a rare sight because it was not turned into a hot rod, but there were extraordinary Deluxe models that had a regal appearance. And with the excellent color combination and condition of this restored 1931 rumble seat example, it’s hard to find a better way to experience vintage motoring.
The Model A was the Ford Motor Company’s dive into style, and the 40-B Deluxe roadster like this one was one of the best ways they showed it. This starts with the two-tone red and black paint that has quite a nice gloss.
This shade is the perfect for making the yellow wheels stand out, and that’s a good thing, because part of what makes it a Deluxe model are the spares mounted in each fender. These fenders are even done in fiberglass to make sure they retain the curvaceous style while also holding the wheels. But this one even gets the details right, like the yellow pinstriping that matches the wheel color (and Model A people know good ones have this.)
The rear folding luggage rack is made of wood and chrome. And if you like that brightwork, the Deluxe model not only came with the classic bumpers and grille, but also the Deluxe’s sports-style windshield has great-looking chrome plating.
The interior gives you that classic Model A feeling with the large four-spoke steering wheel, cushy but durable seating, and the gauges all centrally housed in a bright panel. There are even some nice details, like how the exterior’s two-tone returns on the dash. This looks quite nice with the top up thanks to the well-done tan folding top with artful wood bracing. But a roadster is really an ideal sunny day friend, and if you have more than one companion on your ambling road trips, the rumble seat is even upholstered to match the front seats.
Under the hood is a well-maintained package that still has the classic look you love. It’s a period correct 201 cubic-inch four-cylinder motor. You can spot the right vintage pieces like the green block and downdraft carburetor. But there are also nicely integrated upgrades like the 12-volt electrical system and an alternator to make it easier for carefree motoring. When you’re driving with the top down on a country road, this strong-running Ford makes an industrial symphony of simplicity. T
he three-speed manual transmission shifts cleanly with a solid mechanical feel that makes you love pre-war motoring. So, in total, this classic Ford is still a fun runabout.
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