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  • 1931 was the last year of Model A production.
  • This design met the needs of owners who needed a formal car for business (top up) and a fun vehicle for weekends (top down).
  • The bodies were built for Ford by sub-contractors, including Briggs and Murray (like this one).

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Story

The Convertible Sedan Model A 400 was introduced in May 1931, and was a unique new design.  It was aimed at those who needed a formal car for business, but who wanted to “let their hair down” on weekends.  It was one of several special Deluxe models added to the Ford line to combat increasing competition.  With its slanting windshield, the convertible sedan had an attractive appearance and resembled an open phaeton with the top down or a sedan with the top up.  Bodies were built by sub-contractors including Briggs Manufacturing Company and the Murray Corporation of America.

The upper body was a new development in convertible car construction for that era.   A rigid top rail extended from the pillar over the door and quarter windows down to the moldings.  It was hoped this added structure would eliminate the rattles common to other convertible designs (it was not entirely successful).  Both door quarter windows had roll-up mechanism.  Painted top panels on the radiator shell were introduced on this model and were used for body color only.  Production figures on the convertible sedan equaled 4,864 units from May through December 1931, when all Model A production ended.

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