Hershey | Lot 103

1930 Ford Model A "Huckster"



$15,400 USD | Sold

United States | Hershey, Pennsylvania

6 October 2011

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50 bhp, 200.5 cu. in. Model B L-head inline four-cylinder engine, three-speed sliding-gear manual transmission, solid front and live rear axles with transverse semi-elliptic leaf springs, and four-wheel mechanical drum brakes. Wheelbase: 103.5"

- A body-off restoration by Hudson Wagon Works

- More powerful Model B engine

- Handsome wooden “huckster” body; well-equipped for ease of operation

Just like its long-running predecessor, the Model T, Ford’s robust and reliable Model A was a highly adaptable, basic design that proved to be an excellent platform on which to construct utilitarian but very handsome wood-bodied station wagons and “depot hacks.” Ford did not yet manufacture its own wooden bodies for the Model A, and consequently, all wagons came from a number of outside suppliers. One alternative was the commercial “huckster” body with a large cargo area at the rear. The “huckster” was useful for many utilitarian applications, and restored survivors continue to remain popular among early Ford collectors today. Other Model A attributes included very attractive Edsel Ford-directed styling, with many Lincoln-inspired design cues leading to the “Baby Lincoln” nickname.

Handsomely presented with a tan body, contrasting black fenders and excellent wooden bodywork, this Model A “huckster” from 1930 is complemented by tan interior upholstery. A Pennsylvania vehicle since 1932, it received a body-off restoration in 1989 by Iowa’s Hudson Wagon Works (now simply known as “Wagon Works”). The vehicle is powered by a more-powerful but stock-appearing Model B four-cylinder engine and is equipped with a stainless steel exhaust system, a generator, and turn signals. A spare tire and a trunk are also included. The huckster is very enjoyable to drive and is equipped with 1935-vintage wire wheels and wide whitewall tires. Notwithstanding some paint imperfections isolated to the higher-stress areas of the hood, we are told it remains very attractive overall, runs well, and is ready to show and tour.

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