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1930 Ford Model A Convertible: Unlike its predecessor, the Model T, which was the result of an evolving process of design, the Model A was designed, complete, from the ground up. The Model A was truly a "New Ford Car." Mechanical upgrades for the Model A Ford included a new 3-speed transmission, hydraulic shock absorbners, and four-wheel mechanical brakes.
Other significant improvements were an electric starter, water pump, speedometer and gas gauge, and the introduction of Triplex safety glass. The styling of the Ford Model A, elegant and integrated compared to the Model T, brought Ford into the modern era with a vehicle that looked more like a car and less like a horseless carriage. The Ford Model A was the subject of the 1928 song, "Henry's Made a Lady Out of Lizzie," which sang the praises of Ford's new addition to the road.