Wednesday, December 2, 2015
For ’31 Ford also offered a Deluxe Tudor which added a host of niceties. At a glance, you could tell a Standard from the Deluxe by its cowl-mounted lights. The lights of course can be added on, but the Deluxes also had the later firewall with the tear-drop shaped indentation around the external fuel shutoff. These cars are a little more scarce, but Ford still built more than 20,000 Deluxe Tudors.
This 1931 Model A for sale on Hemmings.com is a Standard Tudor as evidenced by the lack of those cowl lights, the presence of its flat firewall and it’s missing the Deluxe’s rear-seat passenger armrests, an overhead interior light as well as carpets.
There are some questions to be asked about this car, however, such as why it appears to have a 1930 grille shell and if the reason it hasn’t been started in a few years has anything to do with that wiring at the base of the steering column (kudos to the seller for posting that picture).
But for less than $5,000 — a price that is negotiable according to the ad — you can hardly expect a concours-ready Model A. This seems on the surface to be a very good deal and definitely worth a ride out to Great Neck for a closer inspection. From the seller’s description:
1931 Ford Model A Tudor, This Model A has been owned by same family for forty years, originally located in western PA. Body is in good condition. Car has not been started in a few years. A bit of work will get this car into running condition. Price is negotiable.Source: hemmings.com
In the late 1950s and early 1960s, Sweden’s Saabs weren’t the only front wheel-drive, two-stroke, three-cylinder cars that were killing giants in international rallying; West Germany’s DKWs were well established and highly regarded competitors. The three-cylinder engine powering the Auto Union 1000 -an upscale version of the former DKW 3=6– would do double-duty in the Ingolstadt-built 1958-1965 Auto Union 1000 Sp Sports Coupe and 1961-’65 1000 Sp Roadster.
These low-slung, deceptively small cars featured bodies built by Karrosserie Baur in Stuttgart, and those bodies were rather obviously inspired by that of the 1955-1957 Ford Thunderbird. They shared a 980-cc (59.8-cu.in.) DKW inline-three that used 8.0-compression and a Solex downdraft carburetor and made 60 hp at 4,500 RPM, a notable bump over the 7.25-compression and 50 hp of standard 1000s. The only available gearbox was a column-shift four-speed manual, and performance improved from the 1000’s 75-84 MPH to a circa-90 MPH top speed. The 2+2 interior was stylishly designed, befitting this car’s price and its grand touring aspirations.
Audi Tradition has both an Sp Sport Coupe and Sp Roadster in its collection, and both cars are routinely campaigned in vintage events.
Auto Union built an estimated 6,400 of the 1000 Sp Sport Coupes and exactly 1,640 of the Roadsters, and very few made it to American shores, where they were distributed by Mercedes-Benz Sales Inc., the Studebaker-Packard subsidiary.
These Audi predecessors were marketed with attractive literature; the two-sided flier is dated 1960, while the four-page variant is undated, but includes an image of the Roadster, making it newer. Click the images below to enlarge.
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Wednesday, October 21, 2015
From Preston M. - Talk about rare! Ford decided to pit the new Edsel division against better established GM products with their 2 door Wagon called Roundup. The name invokes the then trendy cowboy theme and implies that the car can carry a large payload. Unfortunately the popularity of 2 door wagons pealed for the 1957 model year, leaving Edsel with a mere 930 some Roundups being produced. The brand ended up owning quite a few for roadside assistance use. Most of those cars have survived and easily recognized by their signature bluish green paint.
Edsel is best known for tons of novelty options like power seats and the Teletouch transmission. This particular 1958 Roundup is incredibly bare bones. Optioned with only a heater and vacuum wipers, this Roundup is one of a kind. It has the original PA title, original owners manual, and the hand written order slip from the dealer dated 1957! Edith, as she is known, is dressed in what we believe to be her original Coral and White two-tone paint. Also still on her are what we believe to be the original rear tires as it had snow tires mounted on other rims most of its life. Edith only racked up 51,000 miles and looking at her, it isn't hard to believe. The frame still has its original coating in spots.
The story goes that the car was daily driven until 1968 and kept as a second car until 1973 when it was parked. In 1978 it was sold to a mechanic at the Ford dealer where the car was always serviced. The mechanic bought it to be a beach cruiser. He bought a bunch of original parts such as an original FOMOCO battery and correct spark plug wires. He drove it twice. Once from the original owner's house to his, and then again to his new house. It has always been garaged. Rust is incredibly minimal but it also adds to the cars original fabric. No filler on this one.
How rare is a Roundup? According to numbers given by the Edsel Club in there registry there are only 32 cars listed as still extant. Once registered, this would be car number 33. It is the 87th Edsel ever built making it amongst the oldest survivors. I think 2nd oldest production Edsel to survive and 7th overall. I have been toying with the idea of selling it, but am not sure I'm ready to let go!