Monday, June 9, 2014

A Love Story With Four Cylinders

Keepers of the Flame for Ford’s Model A
Recently, the question came up during an informal conversation, “What’s happening with the Model A crowd? Immediately, the image of old Model A’s left to molder in old barns came to mind.

It turns out that while the Model A crowd is getting older, these folks are keeping an important piece of American history on the road. More important, they consider themselves “keepers of the flame,” and caretakers of a key part of America’s history.

The Model A was only made from 1928 to 1931, but it remains a piece of Americana thanks in no small part to the hot rod culture of the late 1950s and early 1960s (and songs like "Hot Rod Lincoln" by Commander Cody and His Airmen). It's the first automobile with modern design (as opposed to a horse carriage with an engine) and really kicked off the idea of the personal automobile.

I've always been a car nut. For as long as I can remember I've been enthralled by anything with a motor and 2+ wheels (to hell with those unicycles though. Okay, not really). Motorcycles, pickup trucks, sports cars, luxobarges; if it has an engine and goes, I'm interested. The problem with collecting cars as a hobby, though, is three-fold: Time, money, and space. Cars take up a lot of all three.

It's one of the reasons I am so interested in firearms, actually. It's the same link to the past, only with a more durable good. I have several firearms that are over 100 years old, and of those, all can still be safely used today. It's a tangible link to a bygone era that doesn't require an investment that will put the kids' college fund at risk.

I do have to admit, though, that I'd sure like to drive a Model A at least once...

That is all.


Paul, Dammit! said...

My old neighbor restored a Model A perfectly, and his wife did the interior, also perfectly. He sold it a few months ago- unfortunately, when sold, they're mostly in demand as projects for conversion to vintage hot rods. Too bad.

Anonymous said...

the good news is that these have been semi restored,maybe not new condition,so they are still cheap,as far as classics go.You can get a nice one well under 10k.Toss in a camry driveline and AC,with some good brakes and suspension,a super cool cruiser for less than 20k total!

George P. Burdell said...

Send your kids to Georgia Tech when they go to college, and you might be able to drive one vicariously through them.