Ford - Model A
The Ford Model A was the second huge success for the Ford Motor Company, after its predecessor, the Model T. First produced on October 20, 1927, but not sold until December 2, it replaced the venerable Model T, which had been produced for 18 years. This new Model A (a previous model had used the Model A name back in 1903) was designated as a 1928 model and was available in four standard colors, but not black. There has also been ongoing speculation for many years that the Ford Model A was based on the 1925 Peugeot 201 automobile as the two automobiles bear a striking resemblance.
Ford Model A 1929
Ford Model A Sedan
The vehicle was the first Ford to use the then standard set of driver controls, with conventional brake and clutch pedals, throttle and gearshift. Previous Ford models used controls that often perplexed the inexperienced driver. The Model A's fuel tank was located just behind the engine and elevated above the carburetor so the fuel flow did not require a fuel pump.
In cooler climates the owners of a Ford Model A could purchase a cast iron unit to place over the exhaust manifold to bring heat from the warm radiator and manifold into the passenger side of the cab through the fire wall. A small door could be opened or closed to adjust the amount of hot air entering the cab. In the summer, some people would take the cast iron adaptor off the manifold to keep the cab cooler. The windshield would also hinge out from the bottom to allow air to flow into the cab for cooling. Also this was the first car to have safety glass put into it.
When production ended in March, 1932, there were 4,849,340 Model A's made in all styles.