by Carrie Frye | Photography by Diana Matthews
This 1931 Ford Model A Coupe is a blue beauty owned by John Oltesvig of Carthage.
“This model didn’t come with turn signals,” Oltesvig says, smiling. “But it has them now. It has four-way flashers.”
When introdced by Ford Motor Company, the Model A Coupe came in standard and deluxe as well as the Business, Sport and Roadster models. With the release of the Model A, which was designed by Henry and Edsel Ford, Ford was able to outsell Chevrolet in 1929 and 1930.
The Ford Deluxe Coupe, which cost around $550 in its day, offered a rumble seat and windows in the back that could be rolled down. A Deluxe Coupe also boasted mohair seats, whereas the Standard model featured cloth seats.
With its 4-cyclinder, 3.3-liter engine and floor-mounted, three-speed transmission, top speeds are 65-70 mph.
“I love driving it,” Oltesvig says. “A modern car doesn’t provide you with the fun factor of a classic or make other drivers smile and wave at you. It’s a hoot to drive.”