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AutoHunter Spotlight: 1930 Ford Model A

Custom Model A with a 5-inch chop


Featured on AutoHunter, the online auction platform driven by ClassicCars.com, is this 1930 Ford Model A hot rod. Completed in 2009, this matte gold custom—complete with five-inch chop and 10-inch channel—was built with the vintage look in mind. Power comes from a vintage Buick “Nailhead” V8 supported by a modern Tremec 5-speed manual transmission. Though true mileage on this build is unknown, this 1930 Ford Model A is offered with receipts, documentation, and a clear Illinois title in the seller’s name.


The exterior of this Model A was coated with POR-15 rust preventive treatment prior to painting. Custom accent pinstriping complements the matte gold paint throughout. A color-matched grille with a custom insert, dual headlights with color-matched buckets, and a tilt-out front windshield with windshield visor give the Model A style and functionality.

Seller touts the steel-filled ribbed roof, 1956 Studebaker Hawk turn signals mounted as taillights, and a roof-mounted fuel filler. The set of gloss black powder-coated Wheelsmith steel wheels with smooth chrome dog dish hub caps are wrapped in Firestone bias-ply tires. Braking is provided by four-wheel manual drums.

The gray cloth seating area was sourced from a 1970s Chevrolet Camaro. Gauges for the coolant temperature, oil pressure and fuel level are mounted in a metal panel in the center of the matte gold and black dashboard, with an 8K-rpm tachometer mounted to the steering column. Additional interior features include a bare steel floor, floor-mounted 5-speed manual shifter, manual windows and chrome four-spoke steering wheel with no power assist. Helping keep everything ticking is a Bare Bonz kit from Ron Francis Wiring.

The rear interior compartment includes a 16-gallon fuel tank.


Power is provided by a 1959 364ci Buick “Nailhead,” which was the standard engine in the LeSabre. Sitting atop the four-barrel carburetor is a matte gray air cleaner (with complementary custom accent pinstriping) surrounded by matching valve covers. Electrical impulses are handled by a PerTronix ignition system in conjunction with Powermaster PowerGen alternator. Tube headers (sans mufflers) give you a playlist that’s music to your ears. Keeping things cool is a custom-built radiator.

The chassis, finished in matte black, was hand-built from box tubing. Features include a dropped I-beam solid front axle with a suicide front spring perch, a reversed Corvair steering box, split wishbones, unequal control arms, TCI adjustable rear coil-over shocks and a solid 7.5-inch 10-bolt GM rear-drive axle with rebuilt 3.42:1 Eaton Positraction.

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Diego Rosenberg
Diego Rosenberg
Lead Writer Diego Rosenberg is a native of Wilmington, Delaware and Princeton, New Jersey, giving him plenty of exposure to the charms of Carlisle and Englishtown. Though his first love is Citroen, he fell for muscle cars after being seduced by 1950s finned flyers—in fact, he’s written two books on American muscle. But please don’t think there is a strong American bias because foreign weirdness is never far from his heart. With a penchant for underground music from the 1960-70s, Diego and his family reside in the Southwest.



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