The Model A
A Friend to Millions
The vehicles produced by the Ford Motor Company from just after the turn of the century through 1931 have been the subject of more prose, yarn-spinning and rehabilitation than all other cars in the world combined.
Hundreds of books that dissect every conceivable facet of the Ford cars have been published in an attempt to preserve an era in American history that will never present itself again. It is said that the cars of the Ford Motor Company put working America on wheels.
Henry Ford’s Model T reached a production figure, fifteen million, that wasn’t to be equaled by another automobile until over four decades had passed since the last Model T ran off the assembly line with Henry and son Edsel at the wheel of the landmark vehicle.
In May of 1927 Henry Ford announced his company would build a new automobile to replace the Model T, a car that had served its function better than any other in America. At that time Ford did not have as it does today, styling and engineering departments who might have considered major changes for the next model year. Rather, the new car would have to be built and produced on a spur-of-the-moment program.
In 1903 Ford introduced the first Model B, C, and so on until “T” was reached. Ford again chose to start at the front of the alphabet for his new car.
Relying on his successful judgment to “build a car for the great multitude” Ford spared neither cost nor manpower to achieve the desired result. Henry Ford was 64 years old when he made the decision to introduce the New Ford, and encountered monumental problems in the process. His production retooling efforts were hailed as one of the most significant industrial undertakings of the century. Previously, changes had been made methodically for the modifications to the Model T.
Henry Ford was considered an uncompromising individual in utilizing the most advanced materials and technology of the day to produce a lasting product. To cut costs and hold production quality, Fort Motor Company made its own steel, glass and mined its own coal. Ford’s lifestyle, simple and functional, was carried over to the vehicles that bore his name. Although the New Ford was to be produced in a matter of months, it was the sum total of Ford knowledge gained in over two decades of motor car building.
On December 2, 1927 Ford’s new Model A was unveiled for public showing. It was the subject of more praise and publicity than any automobile had received before. The Model A was a faithful successor to the heralded T and America responded with orders that set industry records.
Today Henry’s Model A is being restored and preserved by countless thousands worldwide. Its unmistakable looks and sound may still be witnessed in activities staged by enthusiasts who share the car as common interest. In the U.S. and in foreign countries there is still an amazing number of people who rely on the A for everyday transportation.