Lot 375

Hershey 2019

1931 Ford Model A DeLuxe Roadster


$18,700 USD | Sold

United States Flag | Hershey, Pennsylvania



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  • Model A Restorers Club (MARC) Best of Show winner
  • Less than 17,000 miles, believed original
  • Well-known enthusiast ownership history
  • An uncommon DeLuxe Model 40 roadster
Addendum: Please note that this title is in transit.

The introduction of the Model A Ford in late 1920 represented one of the most significant turnarounds for any automaker in the 20th century. By the close of 1924, with sales of the Model T rapidly sagging in the face of more sophisticated competition from Chevrolet and Plymouth, many believed that Henry Ford’s genius had come and gone.

However, Ford’s son Edsel, a visionary mind, successfully lobbied his father into finally discontinuing his beloved “Tin Lizzie.” The Model A proved to be immensely popular. Produced only for four model years, the A was an instant, nearly overnight classic. Ultimately, more than 4.8 million Model As were built, and they remain a staple of the automotive hobby to this day.

This beautifully original example from the final model year of production is a true standout. An uncommon DeLuxe Model 40 roadster, it has been recognized as one of the finest Model As in the world. Speaking to its superb quality, it was awarded Best of Show at a Model A Restorers Club show at Greenfield Village in Dearborn, Michigan, while in the ownership of Russell J. Gerrits of Chicago, Illinois. It was subsequently owned by noted collectors Paul and Katie Hedburn of Woodbridge, Illinois. When they sold the car, it had 16,725 original miles.

Knowing Mr. and Mrs. Hedburn’s reputation as collectors of truly superb automobiles, the consignor purchased the car and, since that time, has superbly maintained the Model A and driven it sparingly, with the odometer still yet to break 17,000 original miles. It is a truly special automobile, with an important provenance, which is sure to make a splash at any Model A Restorers Club or AACA meet.