Merely referring to this 1931 Ford Model A Roadster Pickup as a rare find is a bit of an understatement. Vintage Fords from this era are hard enough to come by and locating one in this particular configuration is especially difficult. Factor in that this Model A is also in unusually clean condition - thoroughly refurbished both in and out and within a stone's throw of undisputed show quality - and it puts into perspective what a proverbial needle in a haystack this classic really is.
A close examination of this beloved antique will reveal that it's been revitalized with plenty of skill and precision. Take a lap around it and you'll notice just how nicely its body panels blend together as they transition from cabin to bed area - no small feat with a car that first debuted more than 85 years ago. A smooth coat of deep green paint, accented by tan painted stripes, is draped over the exterior and it really presents well - even when parked indoors, the shine it carries is evident. The full size spare tires mounted on each side of the vented hood originally took their place to provide a measure of preparedness during real world driving on roads that were often unpaved, and in this setting they add a very nice finishing detail. A canvas manual convertible top rests at the back of the cabin, ready to be called into action should the skies darken, and like everything else on the car, it's in great condition and fits like a glove, also offering an impressively clear rear window. For the most part, this Ford classic sports a monochrome, color matched look, but what chrome that is on board - particularly on its front bumper and headlight rings - is looking sharp.
Nicely refurbished, the interior on this '31 is another strong feature. Its bench seat is clad in fresh, dark tan vinyl with a tuck and roll pattern, and there are plenty of cool details on display to admire inside this vintage cockpit. The seating is bracketed by nicely detailed door and kick panels showing intricate stitching and ultra clean surfaces. There really isn't any sign of wear to be found, a strong indication that this venerable ride has logged little time on the road since its restoration. In back, the bed area sports freshly prepped wooden slats interspersed with color-matched steel tie-downs for a great, finished look. The original steering wheel is still perched on the column and has been brought back to top form, as has the dash area just beyond it, with its smoothly coated steel surface and clover-shaped instrument cluster featuring functional gauges.
The thoroughly period correct drivetrain this Ford carries is running in surprisingly solid form. It's anchored by a 201 cubic inch flathead 4 cylinder engine that springs into action quickly for a vintage powerplant and it combines with a 3-speed manual transmission that shifts without issue. One of the decided advantages the Model A held over its predecessor was its ability to maintain a reasonable speed, and while you're not likely to be testing the 60 mph limit that was advertised in its heyday, rest assured that this '23 is very much up to being driven. A definite head turner, it cruises on a set of newly refurbished 4.75 /5.00-19 spoked wheels wearing new tires. Below, a thoroughly detailed and painted undercarriage provides yet another example of just how painstaking this restoration was.
This 1931 Ford Model A Roadster Pickup is an exceptionally well refurbished classic, sporting an original, seldom seen configuration and a running condition that set it apart from the counterparts of its era. Call today!