by Carrie Frye | Photography by Diana Matthews
This 1931 Ford Model A Fordor Sedan is Washington blue with its classic black fenders and owned by Happy Ferguson of Carthage.
The Model A came in nearly two dozen body styles, including a roadster, coupe, tudor and this fordor model from October 1927 through March 1932. Upon its debut, Ford received orders for more than 400,000 cars.
Released before the 1929 stock market crash, the Model A was manufactured throughout the Great Depression, during which time Henry Ford is noted to have paid his auto workers $5 per day, according to the Model A Ford Club of America.
The Model A was also the first to have the more conventional driver controls with a clutch, throttle, brake pedal and gearshift. It was also the first automobile equipped with safety glass in the windshield; however, a rear-view mirror was optional. Engines boasted 40 horsepower with a top speed of 65 mph.
This particular Model A has a storied past as the car driven by actor Kevin Costner as he portrayed government agent Elliot Ness chasing Al Capone in the 1987 film, “The Untouchables.”
Although it is no longer chasing after mobsters, this classic Model A has 97,000 miles logged and is road-tested.
“I enjoy driving it to Atlanta and back,” Ferguson says. “There’s a special feel and touch to it.”