LIMA — Garry Ricker’s dad owned a 1929 Ford Model A. Garry has owned one for approximately 12 years now.
“My brother has one in Sharonville,” Ricker said. “As we were growing up, my dad always had Model A’s.”
The Ford Model A followed the Model T in production. It was produced in 1927, and by February 1929 1 million Model A’s had been sold. Production of Model A’s ended in 1932 with almost 5 million cars made. There were many models produced, an estimated 24 different models of the Model A. The least expensive Model A cost around $435, with the most expensive one totaling $1,200.
The Model A is an interesting piece of history. The 1929 stock market crash that resulted in the Great Depression hit most folks very hard. It is reported that Henry Ford continued to pay his workers $5 a day during this devastating period.
Ricker enjoys driving his Model A to the Westgate Charity Car Show, as well as taking fun rides. He had the engine rebuilt, and he passed on advice to keep the cars moving.
“Man, don’t let them sit. Keep it running — just drive them,” Ricker said.