Ford Model A Phaeton Standard 1928* (3458)
* with some model '29 modifications like the outboard door handles
Manufacturer: Ford Motor Company, Dearborn, Michigan - U.S.A.
Type: Model A Phaeton Standard Model 35A
Production time: 1927 – 1929 (model 35A)
Production time: 1930 – 1932 (model 35B)
Production time: 1927 – 1932 (all Model A’s)
Production outlet: 97,094 (all Phaeton Standard Model 35A)
Production outlet: 20,855 (all Phaeton Standard Model 35B)
Production outlet: 4,849,340 (all Model A’s)
Engine: 3286cc straight-4 L-head
Power: 40 bhp / 2.200 rpm
Torque: 173 Nm / 1.000 rpm
Drivetrain: rear wheels
Speed: 105 km/h
Curb weight: 1020 kg
Wheelbase: 103.5 inch
Chassis: A - chassis with separate steel body
Steering: worm & sector
Gearbox: sliding three-speed manual + reverse / unsynchronised / floor shifter
Clutch: 9 inch multiple disk - dry plate
Fuel tank: 38 liter
Electric system: 6 Volts
Ignition system: distributor and coil
Brakes front: mechanical internal expanding 11 inch drums
Brakes rear: mechanical internal expanding 11 inch drums
Suspension front: transverse leaf springs + Houdaille-type double-acting shock absorbers
Suspension rear: transverse, semi-elliptic leaf springs + Houdaille-type double-acting shock absorbers
Rear axle: rigid 3/4 floating type
Differential: spiral bevel
Wheels: welded Ford steel spoke
Tires: 4.5 x 30 balloon
- The exterior has design cues taken from the Lincoln ("baby Lincoln"), heavily involved by Edsel Ford.
- The Model A was the first Ford to use the standard set of driver controls with conventional clutch, throttle, gearshift and brake pedals, a new battery and ignition system, safety glass in the windshield and mechanical drum brakes on four wheels (cable operated).
- The fuel tank was located in the cowl, between the engine compartment's fire wall and the dash panel (with visual fuel gauge) and had a comfortable "dickey-seat" (in America "rumble seat"), in the earlier "coach period" intended for the footman. If it was not used, it could be folded shut.
- The 1930 and 1931 editions came with stainless steel radiator cowling and headlamp housings.
- The Model A (also called A-Model Ford or the A, and A-bone among rodders and customizers) was available in 30 body styles and four standard colours, but not in black☺! Black however was an option.
- The Model A formed the basis for the Russian car industry (Gorkovsky Avtomobilny Zavod (NAZ/GAZ) in Nizhny Novgorod).
- Outside of the USA, the Model A was produced in plants in Argentina, Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Soviet Union and the United Kingdom and sold all over the world.