In our final installment this week of June 2016’s Ride of the Month we feature the 1930 Ford Coupe presented by nominee William Kramer. Here is some general information about the vehicle.
Note: This is not information about the actual vehicle nominated for June’s Ride of the Month, just general information on the vehicle itself. Please check the link at the bottom of today’s article to view all the actual vehicles nominated for this month’s Ride of the Month.
Although Ford continued to face pressure from competing companies like Chevrolet and Plymouth, the 1930 Model A Coupe was a tremendous commercial success. Among a certain set of business professionals and upper middle-class strivers, pre-Model T automobiles were sought-after status symbols. While maintaining an affordable price, the Model A added more polish to the Model T’s exterior, bringing back a certain panache that many automobile buyers had missed.
A Legendary Vehicle Featuring Notable Performance
For its time period, Ford’s 1930 Model A Coupe featured extraordinary performance. With a 40-horsepower engine, the vehicle had a top speed of about 65 miles per hour. The 1930 Model A Coupe utilized an inline, four-cylinder engine with a displacement rating of 201 cubic inches. Aiding its celebrated performance, this vehicle boasted a then-impressive three-speed transmission with single-speed reverse. In 1930, Ford started shipping this vehicle with stainless steel radiator cowlings and matching stainless headlamp housings.
The Timeless Look of the 1930 Model A Coupe
A massive success at the time, Model A Coupe’s boxy styling has only gained fans in the intervening years. A two-door vehicle with a permanently fixed roof, the Model A broke into bold new territory with its black 1930 40-B Standard Roadster model. Also released in 1930, the 40-B Dix style featured Thorne Brown. Colors available for the Deluxe Coupe included Kewanee Green and Elkpoint Green.
What Made the 1930 Ford Model A Coupe Different
The 1930 Model A Coupe updated the Spartan look of the Model T in a number of key ways. Sleeker and sportier, the 1930 Ford coupe was widely seen as Ford’s successful response to the competing designs that were making inroads into Ford’s auto industry dominance. With the Model A, Ford introduced a number of new technological features that were absent from previous Ford vehicles. These features include the cars aforementioned three-speed transmission, hydraulic shock absorbers and an improved, four-wheel braking system. The 1930 Model A featured aluminum alloy pistons, pressed steel oil pans and drop forged connecting rods.
The 1930 Model A maintained Ford’s tradition of excellence while setting a new tone for the company’s evolving vehicle line.
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