The Ford F-150 has been the top-selling American vehicle for 30 years, with staunchly loyal owners often trading a used F-150 in for a new model, and many converts from other brands walking into a Ford showroom to switch to the Blue Oval™. Most trade-in are late-model vehicles — anywhere from 1 to 10 years old on average — but we recently heard about an entirely different kind of trade-in, something you don’t see every day at any new-car dealership.
In the showroom of Perry Ford in Santa Barbara, California, sits a green 1929 Ford Model AA stakebed 1 ½-ton tuck that an owner in Bakersfield traded for a new Ford F-150.
Perry General Manager Walter Alfaro said, “We received an internet request to get a quote on a pickup truck. We were able to make a deal on the truck, and the buyer said, ‘You know what, my dad wants to buy one too but he has an unusual trade-in.’ So we said, ‘We can take anything in trade, what is it?’ It was a 1929 Model AA stakebed truck.”
The truck was apparently acquired by the new truck buyer as payment for a debt about a decade ago, and was used mostly in parades and such in the Bakersfield area. It’s in surprisingly good shape, with no rust and what might be the original wood in the bed.
The deal was worked out completely over the telephone and internet, with multiple phone calls and pictures, with the primary salesperson being Perry’s Erica Smith. Alfaro told us, “Between all of this, we were able to secure a buy-bid from a perspective buyer for the truck while we were working the deal.”
But Perry hasn’t released the Model A just yet. Alfaro explains, “Since Ford Motor Company has inquired about the vehicle we have not released it to the person who requested the vehicle. We have it on the showroom as people walk in, and right behind it is a new Raptor, so they get to see probably the most extreme and greatest evolution of Ford trucks all in one shot!”
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