CAR OF THE MONTH 123: April 2018
1928 Ford Model A Tudor
This successor to Ford's famous Model T moved the company signficantly up-market, especially in the USA where it was powered by a 3285cc (40bhp) engine with a 3-speed (unsynchronised) gearbox giving it a maximum speed of over 60mph. While it may be stretching a point to describe it as a British classic, UK Model As were assembled at Ford's Trafford Park plant with a smaller 2043cc (14.9 hp, 28bhp) engine, limiting maximum speed to 52mph. This was to keep the price competitive, beacuse cars here were taxed according to engine size. The Model A was the first Ford to use what became the standard set of driver controls with conventional clutch and brake pedals, throttle, and gearshift. Previous Fords used controls that had become uncommon to drivers of other makes. In addition to this Tudor "sedan", Model As were available with a wide range of other body configurations including coupé, convertible, station wagon, truck, etc. By the time production ended in March 1932, a total of almost five million Model As had been manufactured world-wide.