First sold in December 1927, the Ford Model A was the second huge success for Ford Motor Co., replacing the Model T, which had been in production for 18 years. The car came in four standard colors, but not black. By the end of production in 1932, nearly 5 million Model As had been sold.
Jack Jones, Phys’62, bought his 1931 Ford Model A 4-door Town Sedan in 1991 as a pile of parts loaded on a trailer. “Bumpy” was finally built, titled and on the road by 1997. “The inventory of parts included an original ’31 Ford body, rebuilt Chevrolet small block V-8, Ford 8-inch rear end and GMC van steering assembly,” Jones says. “My sister-in-law, Catherine, upholstered the Ford Mustang seats and step-son, Doug, applied the paint.”