1929 Ford Model A
The Ford Model A was produced from 1928 to 1931 and replaced the venerable Ford Model T. The standard engine was a water cooled, four cylinder that produced 40 horsepower and a top speed of 65 m.p.h.. The Ford Model A was one of the most publicized and best selling cars in America. It was sporty, attractive, well built, and smooth running compared to the Model T, which it replaced in the 1928 model year. Thousands of people were eager to see for themselves and stormed Ford showrooms when the Model A debuted on December 2, 1927. In less than two weeks, there were 400,000 orders, and Henry Ford could not keep up with the demand.
By February 1929, one million Model A’s had been sold and by July of that year, two million. By March 1930, sales had hit three million and when production ended, more than 4.8 million Model A’s had been built by Ford in two states and eight countries. There were 35 body styles produced during this time, from a two door or four door, to a pickup or panel truck and
everything in between.
This vehicle is owned by a private collector and came to live in the museum in July of 2017. It has a matching calliope, which is played using compressed air. A calliope is typically very loud; some calliopes are audible for miles. If the calliope is presently away from this vehicle, then it is somewhere else inside the museum. Can you find it?