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1928 Ford Model A Rootlieb Speedster


This 1928 Ford Model A may be the first to wear the Rootlieb Speedster bodywork

Founded in 1973, Rootlieb Manufacturing produces metal hoods and other panels for the collector car restoration industry. The Pick of the Day is a 1928 Ford Model A Rootlieb Speedster that is believed to be the first Rootlieb-bodied example.

Being offered through an advertisement on ClassicCars.com by a private seller in Leesburg, Florida, the car’s previous owner was Henry Rootlieb and the car could indeed be the one used in Rootlieb sales brochures for its roadster kit.

Rootlieb company manufacturers metal body panels for vintage vehicles

“I have a 1993 Nebraska title showing the previous owner was Henry Rootlieb as well as California registrations in his name,” the seller notes. Rootlieb lived in Nebraska and the company produces its products in California.

“The body is very straight and with its elongated hood, gives the car a great stance and look,” the seller continues. “The steel fenders are solid and the chrome is all in great condition. The car does have an original-style Model A steel front bumper which looks great as well as the classic Model A flying quail radiator cap. All of the stainless is in good condition and shows no pitting or damage.

“The seats have been recovered and look great. The wood dash is in wonderful condition and includes the classic Model A gauge cluster which works with no problems. Steering wheel is solid as well as the wood floor. Lights and horn work as they should, however the horn lacks volume.

“Under the hood, the four cylinder, and the three-speed manual transmission are in great running condition. The car is a blast to drive. This is a great rally car or parade car.”

The seller believes the 22,000 miles on the odometer to be accurate.

The seller is asking $25,500 for the racy Model A speedster.

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.

Larry Edsall
Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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