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Ford Model A

The Model A was the designation of two cars made by Ford Motor Company, one in 1903 and one beginning in 1927.

1903 model

1903 Ford Model A

The original Model A, also called the "Fordmobile", was the first car produced by Ford, beginning production in 1903. Dr. Ernst Pfenning of Chicago, Illinois became the first owner of a Model A on July 23, 1903. 1,750 cars were made from 1903 to 1905.

The car came as a two-seater runabout or four-seater tonneau model with an option to add a top. The horizontal-mounted flat-2, situated at the amidships of the car, produced 8 hp (6 kW). A 3-speed planetary transmission was fitted, a Ford signature later seen on the Ford Model T. The car weighed 1,240 lb (562 kg) and could reach a top speed of 45 mph (72 km/h). It had a 72 in (1.8 m) wheelbase and sold for a base price of US$750. Options included a rear seat for $100, a rubber roof for $30 or a leather roof for $50.

The company had spent almost its entire $28,000 initial investment funds with only $223.65 left in its bank account when the first Model A was sold. The success of this car model generated a profit for the Ford Motor Company, Henry Ford's first successful business.

1927 model

Lineup of Ford Model As
Ford Model A Fordor
GAZ-A photographed outside the GAZ plant in 1951.
MO 1929

The second Model A was the second major success for Ford, after the Model T. First produced on October 20, 1927 but not sold until December 2, it replaced the venerable Model T, which had been produced for 18 years. The Model A was available in four standard colors, but not black.

Prices ranged from US$385 for a roadster to $570 for the top-of-the-line Fordor. The engine was an L-head 4-cylinder with a displacement of 201 in³ (3.3 L). Typical fuel consumption was between 20 and 30 mpg (US) (9 and 12 L/100 km)[citation needed] using a Zenith one-barrel carburetor, with a top speed of around 65 mph (104 km/h). It had a 103.5 in (2.6 m) wheelbase with a gear ratio of 3.77:1. The transmission was a 3-speed sliding gear unit with 1-speed reverse. The Model A had 4-wheel mechanical brakes.

The Model A came in a wide variety of styles: Coupe (Standard and Deluxe), Business Coupe, Sport Coupe, Roadster Coupe (Standard and Deluxe), Convertible Cabriolet, Convertible Sedan, Phaeton (Standard and Deluxe), Tudor (Standard and Deluxe), Town Car, Fordor (2-window) (Standard and Deluxe), Fordor (3-window) (Standard and Deluxe), Victoria, Station Wagon, Taxicab, Truck, and Commercial.

Final production ended on August 31, 1931, with 4,320,446 Model A's made in all styles. It was replaced by an updated model called the Ford Model B.

The company GAZ, which started as a cooperation between Ford and the Soviet Union, made a licensed version of the Model A.

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