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Matt Harwood

1928 Ford Model A Sport Coupe

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This is a relatively unusual little Model A. I haven't seen many early sport coupes like this, so it's kind of a neat find. It's an early production Model A with a few of the early features, including the red rubber steering wheel, center-mounted parking brake, and drum taillight. It was restored in the '80s and has plenty of tour miles on it, but the engine is more recently rebuilt and it features a Lloyd Young overdrive that makes it a pleasant 55-60 MPH cruiser. I like the unusual chicle and copra drab colors, which were the same as my father's Model A roadster that I grew up in, so maybe that's why it appeals to me. The trim is still nickel, so it has a soft shine that could probably be brought up a notch with some elbow grease and the top (which does not fold) is in very good shape. I don't know if green leatherette was on the menu in 1928, but it looks rather handsome inside the coupe and beyond the overdrive controls and add-on turn signals, it's completely stock and everything works. Dual sidemounts, accessory manifold heater, trunk, and moto-meter. The engine starts easily and runs great with no smoke or odd noises. The extra wiring on the steering column is for the turn signals and on-board battery charger. It shifts nicely, the overdrive works like mine does so it'll take a little familiarization, and the steering and brakes feel right. I'm not in love with the whitewalls, but they're in good shape and this is one car that would really look dynamite with blackwalls. Asking price is a very reasonable $19,900. Model As are still a great place to start!

 

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For a person that has never owned a model A, let alone one with overdrive, what is this familiarization you speak of in what way?

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The overdrive is a Borg-Warner unit from something like a '50s Ford. It incorporates free-wheeling and an electric solenoid for operation. People sometimes have a hard time conceptualizing how it works because it's not an on/off switch or another gear. The short version is that you have to put it in free-wheeling mode, then accelerate to more than 29 MPH, push the actuation button on the steering column, then abruptly lift off the throttle, at which point it will shift into overdrive automatically. Pushing in the clutch disengages the overdrive. It's not difficult to master, but that understanding of its operation is sometimes tough for non-mechanical types or first-timers to figure out. No big deal, but thought it was worth mentioning so that there are no problems later with a new owner who calls unhappy that it doesn't shift the minute he hits the button and therefore I owe him money.

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Doesn't sound to hard.  I have just been reading up on many cars and am in the learning curve on Model A's, I see some listed with a Mitchell transmission.  Thanks for sharing the information to a newbie.  It is a very nice car

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