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Henry’s Revenge: 1930 Ford Model A Gasser


This isn’t Henry’s old Model A Ford for the everyday man of 1930, this is a vintage drag racer that is a period correct time capsule. With an amazing condition body and a 327 small block Chevrolet, we are sure this Model A is a “gas.” After many years of storage, this Model A is up for sale as the seller is out of room.  Bidding has come up to $7,915 with the reserve unmet. Also the buy it now option is still available at $12,400. Find it here on ebay out of Danbury, Connecticut.


The heart is a Chevrolet 327 small block with an Edlebrock cross ram intake manifold with dual carburetors.  Power is transmitted through a Powerglide, and an Oldsmobile rear. The engine hasn’t been run in many years, and the current owner has not fiddled with the 327, but he claims it to not be seized.


The cockpit is nice and simple. There appears to be a sheet of aluminum for the floor, and there is a 3 point roll bar.  There is a low back bucket in the car with an aircraft harness. This is such a cool period racer. Granted today it would likely need some safety revisions to be a racer again in vintage events. The rest of the interior is very nice including the door panels. There is no fire wall present in this Model A so it was a drafty racer to say the least.


The originality of this car is fantastic and we think it makes this car more valuable to someone who is looking for such a machine. Racing rules and regulations were in their infant stages when this car was being raced in the 1950’s-1960’s. This Ford looks to have gone unchanged for the past 50 years or so, and it is claimed this Ford has been hibernating in a climate controlled garage for all of that time. The body is claimed to be solid, never having any patch work or rust repair performed on it. In the vintage photo there are front fenders on the car, and the seller says that he has them and that they are included in the auction. We love that the driver side window glass still wears chalk paint that is who knows how old.


This is a great old racer with an excellent level of originality. We think this would make a great vintage racer, but we can see where others may have varying creative ideas for this 1930 Ford Model A. What would you do with this vintage racer?


  1. roger

    I had a Model T Gasser.

  2. Bingo

    I love it!

  3. Gear Head Engineer

    Cool car. It’s been for sale for quite a while.

  4. S Ryan

    Tires need more Shine.

    • Ed P

      More cowbell

  5. 68 custom

    cool ride, love the old school crossram intake and notice the “camel hump” heads an old strip car for sure. looks like it has the original steering bet it was a handful at the strip. thumbs up!

  6. JW

    Myself I would yank that 327 and tranny for a 302 bored to 347 / 4-speed and then add a firewall with a metal floor but leave everything else period correct then use it for shows and cruise nights. But that’s just my vision, take it or leave it.

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  7. macvaugh

    What car donated those inner door panels?

  8. Jeffro

    Love it. Especially the lexan green windshield.

  9. Mark S

    With the engine set that far back I would guess that it would be hard to keep the front wheels on the ground. The missing fire wall is so you could see where you were going while sitting in that low seat. If this were mine I’d move the engine and trans forward, I’d upgrade the front suspension/ steering to make it street drivable. I’d get rid of the dual carb manifold in favor of a single Qjet four barrel. I’d then put an HEI distributor on it. I’d put the fire wall back in it which would mean that it would also need a seat that would allow you to see out the windshield, actual I’d put in two high back buckets and I’d remove the roll bar. Finally I’d put in a proper Ford grille, headlights, front fenders/ running boards, nice wheels and tail lights. Yes it’s gasser days would be over but it would be a cool hot rod, something that you could actually use once in a while. ( all naysayers are welcome to a contrary opinion )

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  10. audifan

    I don’t get it. What’s the purpose of this thing?
    It looks like “unsafe at any speed”.

    • randyflt219

      Right! Looks way out of kilter. Strange but to each his own I guess.

  11. Derik Lattig

    Derik Lattig says this is a cool car. Would show well at the Lone Star Roundup in Austin TX

  12. Marty Member

    It’s beautiful. Bringing it back up to speed, so to speak, and at the same time being sensitive to the originality would be a great, worthwhile challenge.

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  13. Mercury Man

    That chassis is very scary, the front wish bones are really bad and that steering box mount……

  14. Big Rob

    This was built for one thing. Balls out drag racing. The engine is set back to distribute weight to the rear wheels for traction. These cars weigh nothing. If they can’t hook up, they just spin the rear tires. Perfect for vintage drag racing! Like someone else said, it has been for sale for a while already. Not everyone’s cup of tea. If I had the room, and I wasn’t already cutting up my 36 Packard into a hot rod, I would seriously consider making an offer and taking it home.

    • Mark S

      Thumbs down Big Rob for cutting up a 1936 Packard.

      • Big Rob

        Sorry you feel that way, Mark S. The car was a basket case when I found it in New Mexico. I am giving it a second shot at being on the road again where most would have let it rot into the ground.

      • Big Rob

        One more thing, buddy. Thumbs down to your narrow mindedness and your inexcusable belief that your way is the only way.

    • Ed P

      Hot rods are really not my thing but, that is a personal thing. It is your car, time, and money. Do as you please.

  15. the gizzer

    Now boys let’s be kind. To each his own. That why there are so many choices when it comes to old cars and trucks.

    Like 2
    • Mlaw

      Probably drives a K car.

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