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Great Examples of Ford’s Historic Model A Offered at Auburn

Ford Motor Company’s launch of the Model A represents one of the most dramatic business turnarounds in automotive and industrial history. While many believed by the mid-1920s that Henry Ford’s engineering and manufacturing genius had seen better days, Edsel Ford, Henry’s visionary son and Ford Motor Company president, successfully lobbied for a replacement for the venerable Model T. Launched in 1927 for 1928, the all-new Model A was modern and more complex, yet much simpler to operate than the “Tin Lizzie.” A new four-cylinder engine produced twice the T’s power output, while the exterior featured handsome Lincoln-inspired design cues.

As expected, the debut of the new Model A was a highly anticipated event, featuring personal comments by Henry Ford in pre-launch advertisements and widely circulated media interviews. Early customers included eventual U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Hollywood stars who posed for photos with their new Model A’s, clearly enthused by their fresh styling and sprightly performance. In fact, with the Model A, Ford perfected the art of product placement in one of the most successful new product launches in all of automotive history.

Easy to operate, maintain, and enjoy, the Model A represents everything that is good in today’s classic-car hobby, never failing to draw admirers with their charm and landmark Edsel Ford-directed styling. Offered from the great collection of Jimmie Taylor, these great examples provide a wonderful opportunity for smart collectors at our Auburn auction on Saturday, September 2nd. Be sure to register to bid here!

1929 Ford Model A Roadster

Offered Without Reserve

  • Highly attractive example of one of Ford’s most important prewar cars
  • Most desirable and sporting Roadster body style in excellent colors
  • Very well-equipped and accessorized; ready to tour and enjoy

1929 Ford Model A Roadster Pickup

Offered Without Reserve

  • Enduring older restoration of Ford’s iconic Roadster Pickup
  • Well-preserved, attractive, and ready to be enjoyed or put to work
  • Accessories include side-mounted spare and Atlas auxiliary water bag

1929 Ford Model A Pickup Truck

Offered Without Reserve

  • Outstanding example of Ford’s first closed-cab pickup
  • Well-restored, preserved, presented, and ready to enjoy
  • Accessories include steel sun visor and New York license plates

1930 Ford Model A Tudor Sedan

Offered Without Reserve

  • Handsomely presented and preserved restoration
  • Exciting color combination and outstanding presence
  • Historic Ford model with many wonderful accessories
  • Engine equipped with Auto-Lite exhaust manifold heater

1931 Ford Model A Roadster

Offered Without Reserve

  • Handsome and sporty final-year Model A Roadster
  • Exciting color combination and outstanding presence
  • Historic pre-war Ford model with many desirable accessories
  • Captivating and ready to enjoy

 

Enjoy the Classsic Car Hobby With a True Icon – Henry Ford’s Model T!

Introduced in October 1908, Henry Ford’s Model T represents an uncanny combination of durability, reliability, and affordability. Remaining in production for nearly 19 full years until 1927, some 15 million examples of the beloved “Tin Lizzie” were built. In addition to making Henry Ford a household name, the little car put the world on wheels. The Model T remains an enduring cultural phenomenon today and rightly, it was recognized as the “Car of the Century” in 1999, above 700 other worthy candidates for this prestigious award. In fact, the Model T stands as the world’s first “true” People’s Car, being affordable when new by anyone earning about $5 a day, the wage earned by Henry Ford’s assembly-line workforce in Dearborn.

Today, the Model T is immensely enjoyable and usable. Its legendary durability, a function of the high-strength steel specified in its construction by Ford, makes the Model T startlingly enjoyable among today’s collectors and enthusiasts. Purchase prices are also low, in keeping with the vast production numbers. While certainly not capable of “Fast and Furious” performance, the Model T is perfectly capable of enjoyable touring on secondary roads and incredibly enjoyable. Our suite of Model Ts hails from the wonderful collection of Mr. Jimmie Smith of Huntington, Virginia – celebrating the highlights of the Model T lineage and best of all, they are all offered at No Reserve!

Here are the Model Ts from the Jimmie Smith Collection and they are all ready to be sold at No Reserve from Worldwide Auctioneers at the National Auto and Truck Museum in Auburn, Indiana on Saturday, September 2nd! Be sure to register to bid with us at bidders@worldwideauctioneers.com .

Here are brief details of the wonderful Model Ts we are offering in Auburn:

From The Jimmie Taylor Collection

1913 Ford Model T Touring

Offered Without Reserve

  • Charming example of the quintessential “Brass Model T”
  • The earliest of several Model Ts from The Jimmie Taylor Collection
  • Well-equipped with period accessories and well-fitted folding top
  • Wonderful example of one of the world’s most influential automobiles

 

From The Jimmie Taylor Collection

1919 Ford Model T Depot Hack

Offered Without Reserve

  • Wonderful and authentically presented Depot Hack
  • Fun and usable example of the historic and adaptable Model T
  • Accessorized with two Desert water bags
  • Equipped with electric start, cowl and tail lamps, spare-wheel carrier

 

1920 Ford Model T Touring

Offered Without Reserve

  • A true pre-war motoring icon, essential to any collection
  • Early example with optional electric starting and battery
  • Engaging presentation with glossy paint and very nice upholstery
  • Well-fitted folding top, Ford scripted mats, auxiliary water bag

 

From The Jimmie Taylor Collection

1921 Ford Model T Center Door Sedan

Offered Without Reserve

  • Striking ‘Center Door’ Sedan body style
  • Example of Ford’s first Sedan model
  • Sought-after Model T with well-restored interior
  • Electric starting and charging system

 

From The Jimmie Taylor Collection

1926 Ford Model T Tudor Sedan

Offered Without Reserve

  • Handsome late-production example of the historic Model T
  • A true pre-war motoring icon, essential to any collection
  • Early example with optional electric starting and battery
  • Engaging presentation with glossy paint and very nice upholstery

 

From The Jimmie Taylor Collection

1927 Ford Model T Coupe

Offered Without Reserve

  • Desirable and iconic “Doctor’s Coupe” body style
  • Handsome example from the Model T’s final year
  • Nicely equipped with period accessories
  • Attractively finished and presented throughout

 

Brooks Stevens – America’s Postwar Design Legend

 During the latter half of the 20th Century in America, your daily life was quite likely enhanced or influenced by Brooks Stevens. As one of only a handful of people who invented and defined Industrial Design, Mr. Stevens was a follower of, and a contemporary of, such luminaries as Frank Lloyd Wright, Raymond Loewy, and Alexis de Sakhnoffsky. In fact, Stevens and de Sakhnoffsky became personal friends and the latter spent a great deal of time at the Brooks Stevens Auto Museum during the 1950s. For his part, Stevens’ deep appreciation of de Sakhnoffsky’s 1930 Cord L-29, best known among collectors as the ‘Hayes Coupe’, spurred his drive to purchase this immensely successful show car for his own collection.

Brooks Stevens’ career and business grew exponentially following the close of WW II, with his many design credits including the first civilian Jeep models and mass-production automobile designs for Willys-Overland and Kaiser-Frazer. An avid fan of motor racing and the brilliant designs honed in competition, Stevens also designed and built a series of racing cars dubbed Excalibur and used the name for his striking neo-classic automobiles of the 1960s. He also yearned a return to designing opulent, bespoke cars, resulting in the sleek ‘Diana’ designed and built in 1945 for Diana Lewis Powell, wife of actor William Powell of “The Thin Man” fame. However, the time, expense, and unfavorable economics of such ventures were daunting.

Stevens’ eventual hiring of French public relations representative Guy Storr was pivotal, with Storr’s suggestion that Stevens should raise his European profile by designing a show car for display at the 1954 Paris Salon. Die Valkyrie was Stevens’ inspired reply to Storr’s creative challenge, said to be the right mix of French design sensibilities with a decidedly American presence on an American chassis – supplied by Cadillac – and clothed by Hermann Spohn, one of Germany’s best-regarded custom coach builders.

Low, long, and wide, measuring nearly 22 feet overall, the commanding presence of Die Valkyrie certainly suited the name, which was drawn from the stirring music from Wagner’s monumental opera, Die Walküre. American heritage and V-8 power were emphasized by a bold, V-shaped frontal motif including a large, unique chrome bumper and forward-slanted headlamp housings. The hood was the longest of any prototype car at almost 8 feet, and other design cues included the raked panoramic windshield, large removable hardtop, clean, fin-less rear fenders, a generous rear deck, upright, blade-style tail lamps, and a wrap-around rear bumper.

Innovations were many, including extra-wide doors allowing ease of entry and exit – even for rear-seat passengers, unique power-operated side windows with a large central pane between two vent windows per side, and a modernistic, Brooks Stevens signature black and white two-tone paint scheme, Stevens’ favorite color combination. Other advanced features included illuminated Plexiglas turn signals atop the front fenders and Plexiglas headlight cross pieces to concentrate the headlight beams yet reduce (by 50 per cent) the potential glare faced by oncoming drivers. The spacious interior featured plush upholstery matching the car’s luxurious persona.

The visually striking body was built by Hermann Spohn in Ravensburg, Germany, the highly admired coachbuilder whose work usually graced Rolls-Royce and Mercedes-Benz chassis. Financial backing for the project came from Irwyn Metzenbaum, a Cleveland city councilor, and auto enthusiast. Following completion, Die Valkyrie was shown at the Paris Salon, where it created a sensation for its fascinating body design and demonstrated the stylistic possibilities afforded by its compact V-8 engine and sophisticated chassis, in contrast to the inline fours, sixes, and straight eights long favored by most of the era’s European manufacturers.

Next, Die Valkyrie toured Europe’s auto-show circuit and then it was displayed at the 1955 New York Auto Show held at Madison Square Garden, where it received the “Excellence of Design and Engineering” award. According to Mr. Bortz, an expert in the realm of concept cars, Die Valkyrie is believed to be the only such vehicle to have been awarded a U.S. Patent for its unique design. Clearly, many of its cutting-edge features have appeared, in one form or another, on many later production cars.

Next, Die Valkyrie was purchased by Brooks Stevens for his wife, Alice, and then from 1958, it formed part of the renowned Brooks Stevens Auto Museum collection. Following the passing of Mr. Stevens in 1995, this vehicle was purchased directly in 1997 from his estate by the Bortz Auto Collection in the Chicago area, where it has remained ever since. During 2003, Die Valkyrie returned to Milwaukee as a feature for a celebration of the life and work of Brooks Stevens at the Milwaukee Art Museum, entitled “Industrial Strength Design: How Brooks Stevens Shaped Your World.” Fittingly, the banners along the streets to the Museum heralding the show featured the striking frontal design of Die Valkyrie.

Subsequent exhibitions included the 2012 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance and the June 2014 CCCA Grand Experience on the grounds of the Gilmore Car Museum in Hickory Corners, Michigan. Blessed with unbroken provenance from new, Die Valkyrie is rightly considered one of the 10 most desirable prototypes still in existence from the 1950s and 1960s. Designed by Brooks Stevens, one of the most influential of all American automotive and industrial designers, Die Valkyrie continues to amaze all who experience it. Soon, you will have the chance to experience it for yourself, at Worldwide Auctioneers’ 10th Annual Auburn Auction on Saturday, September 2nd at the National Automobile and Truck Museum!