For today's anniversary of the introduction of the Model A, Ford News reprinted a December 15 page showing the Model A being driven to California and setting a record in the process.
What surprised me is the assembly line being referenced as Fordson.
This is my own observation as a hobbyist and I do not presume to speak on behalf of Ford Motor Company.
I heard that Ford had all the roadside restrooms closed so the driving team had no choice but to make a bee line for the only one that was left open in Los Angeles, hence the new car record.
WHOLLY MACKEREL! The MODEL A IS 90!
A few bugs at first but after that one damned fine car!!!Bud in Wheeler,Mi.
The man pictured third from the left, is Arthur H. Vultee, Brother of Gerard "Jerry" Vultee, the aircraft pioneer.
Vultee Aircraft Company was located on Lakewood Blvd. in Downey, CA. They built trainers and the rear verticals for the B-24 bombers. It became Rockwell International which was eventually bought by Boeing. It closed as an aircraft plant in 1999.
Jerry and his wife died in an aircraft crash near Sedona, Arizona in 1938.
Because I don't drive my (er, rather the dog's) Model A very much, I keep threatening to sell her (the car, not the dog!) and then get a Model T Fordor. Every time I DO drive the Model A, I think..."why would I want to"? In it's own right, it's really a nice, fun car to drive too. And the dog absolutely loves it! She won't be around forever, but the Model A might very well be.
I enjoy my model A s and have had the best time restoring several. They are best driving old cars if they are rebuilt back correctly. Great cars...
I might try one of those modern cars someday.
Happy Birthday to the model A.
>I might try one of those modern cars someday.<
My granddad, born in 1884, tried one and didn't like it...after buying and wrecking an Orient in 1909 he tried a Model T and found it an easy switch from horses, but he never got the hang of clutching and shifting a sliding gear transmission and went back to Ts until the availability of decent parts cars dried up around WWII. By the time I remember him (1950s) he was driving a pickup with sychro-ed 2nd/3rd, but he was still burning through a clutch a year!
I believe that Model A Tudor still exists & had the unique feature of twin wipers due to the snow that would have been encountered. Henry Ford rode as front passenger for the first 30 miles or so but the record run was done by Ray Dahlinger, Fords sometime test driver.
Re Fordson, this was the official name of the main Plant until early 1929 when it changed to the Rouge.