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1931 Ford Model A DeLuxe Sedan Delivery

Sold For $25,850

Inclusive of applicable buyer's fee.

RM | Auctions - HERSHEY 10 - 11 OCTOBER 2019

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  • From the final year of Model A production
  • Two decades of service for a Northern California bakery
  • Cosmetic restoration in the early 2000s
  • Special livery commemorating Ford’s 2003 centennial
  • A charming example evoking Ford’s rich heritage

This beautifully restored example of Ford’s classic sedan delivery claims a life of actual use in the working field, including two decades in the confections business, before coming into the fastidious care of several marque enthusiasts. By the 1960s the ’31 Ford DeLuxe was owned by Johnson’s Pastry (and Cafeteria) of Fairfield, California.

The Model A was used by the bakery for roughly 20 years for local deliveries, painted green with yellow wire wheels and bearing the business’s sign on the side window panels. As documented by photographs on file, the bakery’s motto was painted on the rear door: “Johnson’s Pastry—Cakes for All Occasions.” By 1986 the car was discovered and purchased by local resident Lloyd Davis, who kept it for 15 years.

In 2001 the Ford was sold to Jim Wermes, an active member of the Capitol A’s, Sacramento’s local chapter of the Model A Ford Club of America. Mr. Wermes conducted a cosmetic restoration of the sedan, including a fresh paint finish in Lombard Blue with black fenders, belt trim, and wire wheels, and Hessian Blue stripes. The interior received equal attention, with the rear-bed wood paneling fully reconditioned or replaced as needed and the metal trim and leather upholstery reappointed. The cabin was also reupholstered in black, with the gauges refurbished and the dashboard refinished with matching Hessian Blue striping. In honor of Ford’s concurrent centennial celebration, the side window panels were painted with a commemorative design depicting the American flag.

More recently acquired by the consignor, this Ford Model A continues to exude immense character and brand heritage. The charming delivery sedan is remarkably authentic, offering Ford collectors a unique Model A steeped in Americana.

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