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1929 Ford Model AA Open Cab Ladder Fire Truck
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1 8869 6/19/2009
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$29,700.00 None Auction Results
Description: 1929 Ford Model AA Open Cab Ladder Fire Truck
Worldwide Group Auctions
The Houston Classic Auction
Saturday, May 2, 2009
Website: www.wwgauctions.com
Lot # 16

200.5 cid L-Head four-cylinder engine rated at 40 horsepower, three-speed manual transmission, four-wheel mechanical brakes.

From The Sterling McCall Cadillac Museum

In May 1927, Henry Ford sent the auto industry abuzz with the dramatic announcement that the tried, true, and tired Model T was being discontinued and that an all-new Ford would soon be announced. In December of that year, keeping his promise, the Ford Model A went on sale. Through that first season there were plenty of start-up problems with over 100 running changes cataloged by collectors and enthusiasts over the years. A 1928 Model A produced late in the model year was vastly improved and very different than the first units. By the time the 1929 Model A had come into production, there was virtually nothing left to improve but to sit back and go to work on the next project, the V8. For 1929, Ford's assembly plant once again hit their stride and became the sales leader in the auto market. Everyone wanted a new Model A - from movie stars to rural farmers. It was still quite economical to buy and very easy to run and maintain. Reliability and endurance helped add to the Ford legacy established during the days of the Model T.

Unlike the Model T, which had been sold in a much stripped down form forcing the customer to buy numerous basic accessories, the Model A was relatively well appointed with nickel plated front and rear bumpers, combination tail and stop light, a driver's side windshield wiper, and even an electric "oo-gah" horn produced for Ford by Spartan. A new transmission brought Ford up to date with all of its major competition in the low price field. A total of 12 different passenger car models were offered, from an open roadster to elegant town cars and included the first factory built station wagon and even purpose-built taxicabs. Trucks were also a mainstay of Ford's production. From large tractor type to light-weight utility models, there was something for all walks of industry. One of the most uncommonly found examples of these is the long wheelbase chassis used for farming flatbeds and fire trucks.

Coming to Houston from Roznov Ranch, is one of the most outstanding vintage Ford fire trucks of its kind. This wonderfully attractive unit has all the bells and whistles you could want. It is very well restored and clean with many updates that are likely better than what it came with when new. The paint finish and gold leafing are in excellent condition, and it has the original Ford script headlight lenses. The paint is stunning with no obvious signs of chips or flakes. The front bumper, grille, and headlight bezels are now chrome plated instead of nickel and shine like new.

The driver and front passenger are treated to a step back in time as the truck also retains a brass hand crank siren, ah-oogah horn, Ford script step plates, chrome bell just behind the seat, original style steering wheel, dash and instrumentation, and all solid black upholstery. We will note that there is one stretch tear on the passenger's side about an inch long (very small). A wooden extension ladder hangs on the passenger side, and brass supplier hose ends are mounted in the back.

Roznov Fire Department is written in gold leafing on the sides of the truck on the step plates, and to complete this fantastic fire unit, the rear compartment has been outfitted to seat eight for parades. What is most amusing about this outfit is that the town of Roznov was established in the late 1800s and did not survive much past 1930. Today, it is considered by some to be a ghost town. However, this delightful parade-ready fire truck lives on to the enjoyment of everyone that sees its perfection of simplicity. It has endless possibilities for the next chief behind the wheel.
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