This 1930 Model A Sports Coupe (Model 50-B), #A3871688, has the Ford 4 cylinder engine displacing 200.5 cubic inches, delivering 40 hp and giving a top speed of 65 mph. It sits a 103.5-inch wheelbase and came with a factory price of $530.
While the Model A was well received, Ford was not able to recoup the position of sales leader that it lost to Chevrolet after the 1927 production year. In 1928, Ford sold 633,594 cars, while Chevrolet sold an impressive 1,193,212 cars. The 1929 Ford Model A was introduced in January 1929 and sold 1.3 million units that year and recaptured the number one spot for Ford. The one millionth Model A rolled off the assembly line in February of 1929. The 2 millionth Model A was built the following July.
The Model A was launched in December, 1927; hundreds of thousands of orders were taken. The L-head, 4-cylinder engine doubled the Model T’s 20 Hp engine. The Model A’s transmission is a 3-speed sliding gear unit with reverse. It had hydraulic shock absorbers and the suspension was by transverse leaf, just like the Model T. Safety glass in the windshield was a first for this price class.
The Ford Model A was the successor to the wildly successful Model T. A far more sophisticated automobile, the Model A was comprised of 6800 different parts as opposed to just under 5000 for the last Model T. The Model A was available in four standard colors, but not black. Prices ranged from $385 for a roadster to $570 for the top-of-the-line Fordor.
1930 Ford Model A Sport Coupe