Steven selected the vintage Model A Ford specifically for Vintage Adventure Tours as it comfortably seats five (including the driver), it is strong, durable and powerful with a 3.3 litre engine and spare parts are readily available. It also has excellent brakes – essential on the Peak District hills.
Our 1929 Model A Phaeton (tourer), BS 9581 was assembled in Pretoria, South Africa (hence right hand drive) from components manufactured in Windsor, Ontario, Canada – just across the Detroit River from the main US plant. It was refurbished in 1992 and eventually imported to the UK in 2007. Although there is no record of its earlier life, it still has its original body and all of its original major original mechanical components.
It is the first vintage car (pre 1930) to be licensed for Private Hire in the UK – weddings are exempt from the UK Taxi/Private Hire regulations.
The Model A was manufactured around the world in the United States, Argentina, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Denmark as well as Dagenham in the UK and even Russia. By the end of production in 1931 almost 5 million had been produced with a wide variety of 22 body styles – in any one of four standard colours.
Find Out More About Henry Ford…
Henry Ford (1863 to 1947) is one of the most famous industrialist of the 20th Century. His invention of mass production techniques applied to cars was quickly adopted throughout industry.
His first success was the Model T which was introduced in 1908 and brought affordable transport to the mass American market and throughout the world. By 1920, 50% of all vehicles in the world had been manufactured by Ford.
After a production run of almost 15 million units, the T was superseded by the Model A in late 1927, a much updated car with improved transmission, more fashionable styling and four wheel brakes.