The 1930 Model ‘A’ Ford is perhaps best known as the car that helped the infamous bank robber John Dillinger escape police after they had surrounded and sprayed the Little Bohemia Lodge with bullets in April 1934.
While the ‘great getaway’ was executed in a coupe that would later be restored for the movie “Public Enemies” in 2007 and sold for $165,000, Rod is equally sure that his meticulously restored Tudor will honour the slogan suggested by Dillinger in his cheeky letter to Henry Ford “. . . drive a Ford and watch all other cars fall behind you”.
Rod purchased the 1930 Model ‘A’ Ford from a collector in Pottsville, Pennsylvania. USA and had it overhauled in Strasburg, Pennsylvania.
The car had family history but one thing that caught Rod’s eye was a decal on the windscreen that said “This Model “A” has toured the Indianapolis 500 Motor Speedway 1991 MARC National Meet June 28th 1991”.The previous owner really didn’t want to part with the car, but needed room in his garage for another Plymouth Prowler. Yes, his third Prowler!
Other stickers on the screen stated it had taken part in the 2006, 2007 and 2008 Great Pottsville Cruise.
Rod intends to add to the rich history of his Model A and would love to also do another circuit of the Indianapolis Raceway in 2014 when the car returns to Australia via the USA.
The car, as it stands today, is virtually as it came off the production line in 1930, except for some modern brakes and a few minor changes. The car is registered with FIVA as a compliant 1930 Model ‘A’ Ford.
Some comfortable seats have been added as well as modern driving lights and navigation equipment and some modern shock absorbers.