CENTERVILLE — Tom Hamilton, of Centerville, has owned this Ford Model A for 21 years. He’s made some restorations and changes in his Model A, but he has kept it all Ford.
The motor is a V-6 Ford motor that Hamilton got from a T-Bird.
“Everybody puts a Chevy in them, but I wanted to keep it all Ford,” Hamilton said. “The car is all original except the motor and transmission.”
Ford Motor Company was lagging in the competition during the late 1920s, as other companies had caught up with Ford in producing automobiles. Henry Ford had trouble leaving the successful Model T behind and had to be urged to produce a new line of cars. The Model T had been in production for 18 years. The competition became too much for Henry, and he gave the approval to his son, Edsel, to head a new model design.
Then came the Model A, Ford’s second-most successful car. The Model A was produced in 1928 and by February of 1929, one million Model A’s had been sold. More than four million Model A’s were sold during the production run, which ended in 1932.
The 1930 Ford Model A came in nine body styles and four colors; blue, green, gray and black. Henry Ford was known for telling people they could have a Model T in any color they liked, as long as it was black. Imagine the public’s surprise when he offered four colors in the Model A.
While sales of the Model A were great during the production run, the Model A has also become a hot rodders dream car. Many Model A’s have been stripped down and geared up to run on the streets.
While Hamilton has made some revisions in his Model A, he feels he has made it all-American. He has the American flag upholstered on the rumble seat of his car. It’s a fitting tribute to a classic car that still gets double-takes as it’s rumbling down the street.