1931 Ford Model A Victoria Coupe
- 200ci Inline 4
- Rebuilt With Balanced Crankshafts
- 3 Speed Manual Transmission
- Green and Black Exterior
- Olive Green Interior
- Whitewall Tires
- Stone Guard Grille
- Rear Mounted Spare Tire and Trunk
- Professional Restoration
1931 was the final year of the production of the Ford Model A. The Model A was produced from 1928-1931. Due to the Great Depression, Ford's annual production in 1931 was only 541,000 units, however, Ford sold 5 million Model A's during the 3-year production run of this model. A major safety highlight for the 1931 model year was the Model A could be ordered with laminated safety glass. Garage Kept Motors is honored to offer this professionally restored 1931 Ford Model A Victoria Coupe for sale.
The finish on this car has been well applied over professionally executed bodywork. There are a few minor stone chips on the leading edges of the front fenders and some wear typical of opening and closing the bonnet, however, the paint has been lovingly maintained and the finish presents with a brilliant shine. The chrome bumpers and related stainless were all restored during the restoration process and still exhibit a deep luster. The optional radiator stone guard is present, and this vehicle features the rear-mounted spare tire and period-correct removable trunk. Keep in mind that during this time in automotive history, most roads were dirt or gravel and the most efficient way to travel was still the railroad. The trunk could be removed and loaded onto the train, and the trunk rack could be folded up. The trunk also served as a great place for temporary storage to carry items such as goods vintage owners picked up from the General Store. Eventually, as automotive travel evolved and the roads improved, a removable trunk was no longer needed, rear storage space was incorporated into the bodies of cars and the name trunk remained as the label for this storage space.
Inside the cloth interior has been accurately restored and shows little wear since restoration. The carpet is clean, and an additional protective piece of carpet has been added to preserve the carpet. Turn signals did not become standard on automobiles until after WWII, and this vehicle has had a period correct kit added and the control is mounted on the steering control.
Under the hood, the engine compartment presents nearly as well as it did when it rolled off the Ford River Rouge plant in 1931. I few upgrades have been made to ease operation and make driving this remarkable antique more enjoyable. A Nu-Rex 6-volt alternator has been added to help maintain consistent charging system operation. The original generators on Model A's required the owner to adjust the unit output depending on usage and load on the system. Consider if you turn on the headlights the load on the charging system increases and the generator would need to be adjusted to increase output in response to the additional draw that would otherwise drain the battery. The addition of an alternator automatically makes the adjustment for the user. The engine was additionally rebuilt with a balanced crankshaft that greatly reduces engine vibration and main and rod bearing wear significantly improving the longevity of the motor and the overall operation and efficiency of the engine.
Underneath this Model A was accurately assembled with mechanical brakes and cantilever shock absorbers. This car has been driven so there are some chips here and there, but the chassis is solid and clean, and ready to roll on a cruise. The vehicle rolls on factory steel wire wheels with era-correct white wall tires. The wheel/tire combination has been high-speed balanced reducing any vibration when cruising on modern asphalt roads.
This car is accurately restored and presents much as it would have in the early 30s. The subtle upgrades will make operating this antique vehicle even more of a pleasure to drive and do not affect the value of this antique. This would be a great car for use in parades, or to participate in historic events such as the Greenfield Village Old Car Fest. Please call if interested or e-mail with specific questions. Thank you for looking.