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Pure Period Hot Rod: 1930 Ford Model A

There are a lot of cars in the hot rod category, but very few come close to the originality of that term like this 1930 Ford Model A does. It is as traditional of a hot rod as it gets, being a highboy, but not chopped. This pure hot rod has a bid price of $5,600, with the reserve not yet met. It is has a clear title, a VIN listed, and 98,652 miles. Currently, it is located in Cairo, New York can be found here on eBay.

1930 Ford Model A

This four-cylinder engine is connected to a manual transmission. Recent updates have been made including a new wiring harness, new cap, rotor, plugs, and a rebuilt distributor. It is a six-volt system. The harness is from Mikes A Fordarble. A new battery has also been put in, the carburetor has been rebuilt, and the brakes have been worked on. The listing says that it runs, drives, and shifts without any issues.

1930 Ford Model A

Inside, the speedometer should be looked at because it works intermittently when the car is driving. The gas gauge is said to work though and so does an interior light. According to the listing, the interior has been refreshed, with new door cards and a reupholstered seatback. The glass is all said to be original. It was repainted sometime in the ’50s and there are no patch panels on the car, the body and frame are solid.

1930 Ford Model A

It rolls around on new Firestone champion deluxe tires on 16-inch wheels. The listing states that the car was bought from the original owner’s family. If you are looking to getting into the hot rod side of this hobby, this car would be an excellent start for that. It is almost too nice to modify any further. Then again, subtle things can always be done to give it that hot rod flare without going too far.


  1. bobhess bobhess Member

    This car is good enough to put fenders on and go drive it.

    Like 10
  2. Gsuffa Gsuffa Member

    This car definitely needs more pieces of flair.

    Like 3
    • Michael

      Would it need fenders to be legal in U.S. ? Australia it would for sure.

      Like 0
  3. Ken Kittleson

    Not a hot rod, that’s a stock Model A with the fenders removed. If it had a flathead V-8 installed, then it would qualify.

    Like 21
    • Dave at OldSchool Restorations

      @Ken, Agreed….. WHERE does Brentton get the idea this is a ” pure hot rod ” .. LMAO ….. I wonder where he was in the 50’s ????

      this is NOT a Hot Rod from the 50’s … it has NO ” hot ” in it (yet) .

      but it has great potential…

      Like 4
  4. Gaspumpchas

    Cool A bone. Good luck to the new owner!!

    Like 1
  5. Rube Goldberg Member

    Aw, I was hoping it had a Lincoln motor,,,

    Like 8
  6. Ken Carney

    What’s the matter Rube, are you channeling Charlie Ryan or Commander
    Cody again. Nice car, but needs fenders
    and a 337 Lincoln motor to make things
    right. Also needs a ’37 Lincoln Zephyr
    tranny with OD and juice brakes to make
    it more like the song we all know and love. I remember opening for Commander Cody and his lost flight of
    airmen in the Summer of ’72. They started playing music at Chenault Air Force Base in Rantoul, Illinois in the late ’60’s. When they charted with Hot Rod
    Lincoln in ’72, they left the Air Force to
    pursue a career in music. That song and Mama Hated Diesels were their only two
    songs to chart, after that, you never heard
    from them again. Really sad because those guys could really play. Nice car,
    just needs to be properly finished.

    Like 5
  7. sourpwr

    Flames please!

    Like 0
  8. MFerrell

    The flames come from out of the side.

    Like 3
  9. stillrunners

    What Ken said…..a flipper trying to make some extra money taking the fenders off…….

    Like 0
  10. TimM

    Great potential and no rust in New York!!! What gives????

    Like 0
  11. John S

    Who cares what “category” it’s in?!? It’s cool… buy it, drive it & call it what ever you want! I wouldn’t change a thing!

    Like 0

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