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Built by Southern Californian hot-rodder Michael Ray during the mid-1960s, this genuine all-steel 1928 Ford Model A Sedan Delivery is a wonderful surviving period hot rod with well-known history and numerous magazine covers and feature articles to its credit. Soon after completion, pioneering hot rod journalists Le Roi “Tex” Smith and Neal East photographed the vehicle for its July 1965 Hot Rod magazine debut. Photographs from this feature article later appeared in the bicentennial edition of the Rod Action yearbook. In 1981, venerable hot rod authority Pat Ganahl photographed the Delivery on the San Diego freeway, with this shot gracing that July’s Street Rodder magazine cover. In 2004, then-owner and artist Dave Kurz used the Sedan Delivery as a model for his painting “Scooters Offy,” which was created for that year’s SEMA show. In 2006, Alan Mayes photographed the Delivery for his book Old School Hot Rods and most recently, Steve Coonan photographed the Delivery for Thom Taylor’s 16-page feature in the fall 2007 (issue 38) edition of The Rodder’s Journal.
As offered, the sedan delivery is a very well-preserved, virtual time capsule of 1960s hot -rodding. It retains the original lacquer paint finish applied by Gus and Mike Gordon, remaining shiny with a wonderful patina notwithstanding some minor lacquer checking on both the driver’s and rear doors. The hood, which was louvered after the original build, has been refinished, as well as the right front fender. The Art Tranafellow- upholstered interior retains the original 1960 stitching and remains excellent, with the sole modification being a “thinning” of the seatbacks to provide additional legroom for taller drivers. The hot “59AB” engine shown in the July 1965 Hot Rod feature article was replaced in 1968 by the current “8BA” unit, which is equipped with period elements, including Edmunds finned cylinder heads, Edelbrock intake, and Carter carburetor.
The rear suspension is an early Fat Jack’s triangulated four-bar setup with an 8" Ford rear end and coil-over shocks. The front suspension consists of an original Mor-Drop I-beam axle with a leaf spring, mounted to a raised Model A crossmember, and Pete & Jake’s chromed shocks. Recent new items include the alternator, brakes, gel-type battery, clutch, master cylinder, and wheel bearings. The consignor states that the vehicle starts on command, runs very well, and sounds great with the ’39 Ford transmission reported to work well. A comfortable, nice-driving period hot rod and very presentable throughout, this 1928 Ford Sedan Delivery is accompanied by a collection of the publications in which it has appeared, plus a cache of unpublished Neal East negatives and prints from the 1965 Hot Rod magazine photo shoot. A true survivor and a fascinating piece of Southern California’s rich hot-rodding legacy, this 1928 Model A Sedan Delivery marks a well-documented and important find at auction today.