Renewed Model A
I was recently watching a car restoration show in which they were fixing up a Ford Model A. This in itself is unremarkable, yes, however considering the Model A is a fairly small car I began thinking of other similarly sized vehicles. Today it seems small, fuel efficient, and "green" cars such as the Fiat 500, SmartCar, and Ford Fiesta are becoming more and more popular. My idea is generally a simple one. Though Ford already has a vehicle in the small car market, the Fiesta, why not introduce, or should I say, reintroduce the Model A? I propose upgrading it to utilize modern technology, such as the Fiesta's Duratec engine, ABS breaks, and power windows, while generally preserving the look of the roaring 20's. In an age where aerodynamics are forcing car designers in to vehicles which are nearly clones of each other, the introduction of a green car with such classic American Styling has the potential to shatter preconceptions and dominate it's market. A revitalized Model A will show the strength of American engineering and prove the endurance of Ford's craftsmanship.
By: James B.
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Jonathan M Love it. It may be, slightly oddball... but I love those old cars. (Back when cars had actual style.) Plus these surely wouldn't cost much to produce again considering their simplicity, even if you did update them slightly.
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C S This is a wonderfully charming idea, allbeit impractical, but I like the thinking.
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Tom Doenges I too wholeheartedly believe a rebirth of a technically updated Model A would be hugely successful for Ford Motor Company. Since it's inception, the car has always represented one of the most sensible, practicle and exciting vehicles to ever hit the highway. Style-wise, I'd bring the Model A back as close to the original as possible .... it's always looked great from Day One. From an asthetic or authenticity stand point, the jury might be out for a while as to wheels and sealed beam headlights. I well remember that any of us kids fortunate enough to own an "A" (I owned three of them in high school after I sold my "T" touring sedan), couldn't wait to install a set of V-8 wheels and sealed beams. The lug nut size and spacing was the same on "A"'s and V-8's, and those V-8 balloon tires (especiallyt white walls) were frosting on the cake. The sealed beams were essential if you dared to hit over 35 mph at night and wanted to see morning. And that little gas-sippin', ever-lovin' 4-banger engine that your could hold together with baling wire and a pair of pliers, was pure genius! Just add a few horses so you can leave everybody else in your dust. Offer the car as a rumble-seat roadster, (wheel wells of course; maybe in bright red, forest green, sunshine yellow, and navy blue ... all with a tan top, and you'll have to kick the F-150's out of the Rouge so you can keep up with Model A orders. Incorporate Henry Ford's theory that lowest-price-leads-to-highest-volume-leads to greatest profits and you'll have Chrysler, GM and those clowns across the water screaming "Uncle" and wishing they never heard of Ford Motor Company. Yeah! Yeah! Bring it on! Sincerely, American Eagle behind on the turnpike.
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