AMT/ERTL #31220 '29 Woody/Pick-up
The birth of the Ford Model A in 1928 came out of the ashes of the demise of the venerable Model T. Although over 15 million were made, Henry Ford's "everyman's car" was loosing sales in the middle '20's and in '27 Chevrolet actually outsold the Model T for the first time ever.
With the writing on the wall, the Ford assembly lines were shut down for nine months while the Ford design staff wrestled the Model A into production. Edsel Ford, Henry's son and the actual president of the company had a lot to do with the design of the Model A. A big bone of contention between father and son however was Henry's planetary transmission which he wanted carried over into the new car. No way was found then to make it a fully automatic so the "A" was born with a manual shift three-speed transmission, the same as Ford's competition.
The Model A was quite a departure from the Model T with it's new Houdaille shocks, Triplex safety glass windshield, theft resistant ignition lock, "silent-six" braking system and a 200 cubic inch four-cylinder engine. And, for the first time after 15 million black Fords, you could get a Model A in a variety of Colors! Another first was advertisements using style and comfort as selling features.
One of the rare body styles for the Model A was the station wagon, less than 10% of the five million A's made were of this type. Featuring a hard rock maple body and side curtains instead of steel and glass, the '29' "Woodie" is a rare collectors item indeed. The interior was strictly functional, the car was intended to carry passengers and luggage from the train station to their destination, usually someone's country home or town house. The Murray-built body featured a large tailgate, useful for loading large trunks and suitcases. Nicely proportioned, the Model A "Woodie" makes a sharp street and surf rod as well as a collectors showpiece.
The more popular Model A pickup came both as a roadster and closed top vehicle. Our hardy grandparents were more used to the great outdoors hence the drop-top pickup. Used on the farm then as now, the ever popular pickup was found from border to border and coast to coast fulfilling all sorts of duties. As sporty looking as it was (and is) useful, many a roadster pickup became a hot rod of today. Of course a nicely restored roadster-pickup will win a ribbon or two at any collectors meet and gladden the heart of the avid restorer.
from the Form No. 099-31220 instruction sheet