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30 July 2016

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Lot 112

1928 Ford Model A Open Cab Pickup

  • Chassis no. A4444386

Sold for $27,500


40 bhp, 200.5 cu. in. L-head inline four-cylinder engine with a single two-barrel carburetor, three-speed sliding-gear manual transmission, solid front axle with transverse semi-elliptical leaf spring, three-quarter floating rear axle with transverse leaf spring, and four-wheel mechanical drum brakes. Wheelbase: 103.5 in.

  • The most desirable Model A truck variant
  • Pickup truck utility with roadster style
  • Quality restoration in great colors


The introduction of the Model A Ford in late 1920 represented one of the most significant turnarounds for any automaker in the 20th century. By the close of 1924, with sales of the Model T rapidly sagging in the face of more sophisticated competition, many believed that Henry Ford’s genius had come and gone. However, Ford’s son Edsel, a visionary mind, successfully lobbied his father into finally discontinuing his beloved “Tin Lizzie,” and he allowed the development of a new model.

The resulting Model A was a paradox: it was more complex yet far easier and simpler to operate than the old Model T that it replaced. A new, inline four-cylinder engine offered twice the horsepower, and the exterior adopted a number of Lincoln design cues, giving the “A” a fresh, modern, and upscale style all its own. Other advancements included four-wheel, cable-operated mechanical brakes, and welded steel wire wheels. Departing further from the spartan Model T concept, the Model A could be had in several exciting color choices, including green, grey, and, yes, Henry’s favored black. Initially available in nine body styles and starting at only $460, the Model A continued Ford’s tradition of offering an unbeatable value.

As expected, the Model A’s introduction was a highly anticipated event, featuring personal comments by Henry Ford in a flurry of pre-launch advertising and interviews. Franklin D. Roosevelt and Mary Pickford were early customers; in fact, several noted Hollywood actors posed for photos with their new Model As, proving the model’s high style and a sort of reverse snob appeal. Ford perfected the art of effective product placement, long before the term was invented, in one of the most successful new product launches in automotive history.

The Model A Open Cab Pickup offered here, from the first year of production, represents an unusual and sporty body style, combining the functionality of a hard-wearing truck with the open-top sprightliness of a roadster. Finished in green with black fenders, it is both cosmetically and mechanically excellent, as it has had a highly correct and complete concours-level restoration. It has recently undergone a service of its cooling system, and it boasts a highly detailed undercarriage, with the frame of the vehicle displaying a show-quality finish that is as impressive as the exterior.

Highly desirable and quite rare today, this 1928 Model A Roadster Pickup is the perfect collector car for novice or expert alike. Both eminently usable and highly enjoyable, it provides the owner with the option of drop-top touring all the while hauling a load of lumber, groceries, or just fresh air.

Please contact our exclusive automotive transportation partner, Reliable Carriers, for a shipping quote or any other information on the transport of this vehicle.

Alexander Weaver

aweaver@rmsothebys.com

+1 864 313 6844
California, United States

Alexander Weaver joined RM Sotheby’s in 2011 as a Car Specialist after graduating from Furman University in South Carolina. Born... read more

Augustin Sabatié-Garat

asabatie-garat@rmsothebys.com

+44 (0) 74 1511 4179
United Kingdom

Augustin Sabatié-Garat joined RM Europe in 2012 as a Car Specialist after more than a decade in the collector car hobby. Gradua... read more

Barney Ruprecht

bruprecht@rmsothebys.com

+1 203 912 7168
Ontario, Canada

Barney’s interest in classic cars began at an early age after being introduced to his father’s all-original 1965 Porsche 911. Barney l... read more

David Swig

dswig@rmsothebys.com

+1 415 302 2247
California, United States

David Swig joined RM Sotheby’s West Coast division as a Car Specialist in May 2015. David is a life-long automobile enthusi... read more

Don Rose

drose@rmsothebys.com

+1 617 513 0388
United States

Don joined RM in 2006 after several years of professionally trading sports and classic cars, and after earning a reputation as a noted... read more

Donnie Gould

dgould@rmsothebys.com

+1 954 566 2209
Florida, United States

Donnie Gould joined the RM team in 2002 as a partner and Car Specialist after more than two decades in the vintage automobile auction ... read more

Gord Duff

gduff@rmsothebys.com

+1 519 352 4575
Ontario, Canada

Gord Duff began his journey with RM Sotheby’s in 1998. Since then, he has gained an intimate knowledge of a variety of marques a... read more

Jake Auerbach

jauerbach@rmsothebys.com

+1 310 559 4575
California, United States

Jake Auerbach got his start in the automotive industry at an early age, spending his summers during high school working at a classic c... read more

Kurt Forry

kforry@rmsothebys.com

+1 717 623 1638
California, United States

Having worked for Bonhams’ Automobilia department for over 10 years, Kurt Forry joined RM Sotheby’s with more than a decad... read more

Matt Malamut

mmalamut@rmsothebys.com

+1 805 231 6410
California, United States

A long-time car enthusiast and Southern California native, Matt studied Automotive Technology at San Diego Miramar College and complet... read more

Michael Squire

msquire@rmsothebys.com

+44 (0) 20 7851 7070
United Kingdom

Michael Squire joined RM Sotheby’s European Division in the summer of 2016. He comes to RM with a prestigious racing background ... read more

Mike Fairbairn

mfairbairn@rmsothebys.com

+1 519 352 4575
Ontario, Canada

As one of the three founding partners of RM Sotheby’s, Mike has a long-standing interest in the classic car industry. Graduating... read more

Oliver Camelin

ocamelin@rmsothebys.com

+44 (0) 75 0110 7447
United Kingdom

With an extensive background in exotic sports car history and sales, a particular passion for American curves, and fluency in three la... read more

Paul Darvill

pdarvill@rmsothebys.com

+44 (0) 20 7851 7070
United Kingdom

Paul Darvill joined the RM Sotheby’s European team at the beginning of 2015. Paul holds a degree in French and Politics from the... read more

Pete Fisher

pfisher@rmsothebys.com

+1 519 784 9300
Ontario, Canada

Pete Fisher was first introduced to antique cars in high school, working for Classic Coachworks in his hometown of Blenheim, Ontario. ... read more

Shelby Myers

smyers@rmsothebys.com

+1 310 559 4575
California, United States

Shelby Myers grew up with the classic car industry infused into every aspect of his life. He had the unique opportunity to watch the R... read more

Tonnie Van der Velden

tvandervelden@rmsothebys.com

+31 653 84 19 60
United Kingdom

Tonnie Van der Velden joined RM Sotheby’s European division in September 2015 as a Car Specialist. A lifelong enthusiast, Tonnie... read more