Model A Shay 1980
The Model A was the first car to be produced by Ford in 1903. The car also called as the 'Fordmobile' was a two-seater runabout or a four-seater tonneau model. The Model A came in a wide gamut of body styles; Coupe (Standard and Deluxe), Sport Coupe, Business Coupe, Roadster Coupe (Standard and Deluxe), Convertible Cabriolet, Convertible Sedan, Fordor (2-window) (Standard and Deluxe), Fordor (3-window) (Standard and Deluxe), Victoria, Station Wagon, Taxicab, Truck, and Commercial. The last of the Model As rolled out of the production line in 1931 being replaced by the updated Model B. In the year 1978, Harry J. Shay established the Model A and Model T Motor Car Reproduction Corporation, with the goal of reincarnating the early Ford models for procurement in modern times. In 1980, the name of the company was changed to Shay Motors and other potential Ford models were added to the reproduction list. Shay was given the authority to reproduce the Model A in limited number. The Model A cars were true to their heritage and hence lacked some of the modern features. They were sold through Ford dealerships. Shay set out with a vision of Manufacturing Model A in different body styles such as Super Deluxe Roadster, Standard Roadsters, and Deluxe Roadsters and also the special series models such as College Classic, Golden Oldie, Polar Bear, and a panel truck. The Super Deluxe Roadster was found to be the most popular. The Model A has a 4 cylinder, 140.3 cubic inch engine that is located in the front. The car is a rear wheel drive. It is equipped with a 4-gear manual transmission. Harry Shay has around 5000 Model A Roadsters and 200 Thuderbird Replicas to his credit. In 1983, Camelot Motors purchased the patents, tools and equipments of Shay Corporation and started producing the Model A replicas.