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The story of the Model A – the American classic that saved Ford
Story by David Finlay
That car would be the Model A
Not this Model A
To avoid confusion, we should point out that the Model A we’re talking about here was the second Ford of that name.
The earlier one, pictured above, actually predated the Model T and was the first product of Henry Ford’s third and final attempt to create a car company.
It went on sale in 1903 and, typically for those early days, did not last long, though it was a financial success.
A great classic today
It may be approaching 100 years old now, but the Model A still makes a wonderful introduction to vintage motoring.
With so many produced there’s no shortage of examples available to buy – though it can be hard tracking one down that hasn’t been extensively modified.
It beat the Great Depression
And became an icon
It took a lot to convince Henry Ford that his Model T needed replacing, but even he had to face facts eventually: technology had moved on and Ford was being left behind.
By the mid 1920s, the car which had so dominated the American motor industry was struggling to keep up with more modern rivals, and both Chrysler and GM were snapping at its heels and eating into its profits.
Finally, in 1927, the decision was made to end Model T production. A new Ford for a new age.