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The story of the Model A – the American classic that saved Ford

Classic & Sports Car Logo By David Finlay of Classic & Sports Car | Slide 1 of 21: It took a lot to convince Henry Ford that his Model T needed replacing, but even he had to face facts eventually: technology had moved on and Ford was being left behind.

By the mid 1920s, the car which had so dominated the American motor industry was struggling to keep up with more modern rivals, and both Chrysler and GM were snapping at its heels and eating into its profits.

Finally, in 1927, the decision was made to end Model T production and introduce a new Ford for a new age.

That car would be the Model A, and though less well known than its predecessor, it has a strong claim to being just as important.

Superior in almost every way to the T, it enabled Ford to survive the Great Depression and become one of the Big Three automakers. 

Here’s the story of how it came to be.

It beat the Great Depression and became an icon

It took a lot to convince Henry Ford that his Model T needed replacing, but even he had to face facts eventually: technology had moved on and Ford was being left behind.

By the mid 1920s, the car which had so dominated the American motor industry was struggling to keep up with more modern rivals, and both Chrysler and GM were snapping at its heels and eating into its profits.

Finally, in 1927, the decision was made to end Model T production and introduce a new Ford for a new age.

That car would be the Model A, and though less well known than its predecessor, it has a strong claim to being just as important.

Superior in almost every way to the T, it enabled Ford to survive the Great Depression and become one of the Big Three automakers. 

Read the story of how it came to be in the gallery above.

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