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In the Garage: 1930 Ford Model A
THE CAR AND ITS OWNER
1930 Ford Model A sport coupe owned by Evan Delman
WHAT MAKES IT INTERESTING
The 1928-31 Model As are so durable and beloved that experts estimate several hundred thousand may still be on the road. These good-looking, simple-to-fix cars are prized for their ability to lure first-time collectors, such as Delman, into the hobby. "I purchased it . . . without knowing anything about it or old cars in general," he says of his rare coupe, which looks like a convertible with a fixed top.
"I did not know if it was called a Model A or Model T. In fact, I did not even know it was a Ford. All I knew was that I saw one on the road and had to have one. I saw it on a Sunday and by that Wednesday, I owned one."
HOW LONG HE'S OWNED IT
Since May 2010
WHERE HE FOUND IT
He found it advertised online and bought it sight unseen from a Pennsylvania owner. "A tree had to be removed to get the barn doors opened," he says.
"Before owning this car, I was able to change my oil, a tire and maybe a headlight," Delman says. "I have learned quite a bit with this car. I have gone as far as replacing the head gasket, setting the timing (using a test light, not strobe light), and installing a new exhaust and new water pump."
TIPS FOR OWNERS
"Get one that someone else already restored," Delman advises. "And most of all, make sure your new parts are licensed by Ford."
Delman values the coupe between $25,000 and $30,000.
"It has become a large part of my life," Delman says. "I had no idea there were car cruises or shows 'til I started this alternate life. I find myself going into the garage to watch TV just so I can have an excuse to work on it." His Ford was among the classic cars displayed at April's New York International Auto Show.