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1929 Ford Model A Shay Roadster
Low-mile classic hot rod built on modern platform
2.8L V-6 Engine
4-speed automatic transmission
The Shay Motor Company was established in 1978 with a factory located in Battle Creek Michigan. The rare circumstance where a replica was sold through the manufacturer of the vehicle copied, it was sold at authorized Ford dealers and carried a complete factory warranty. The original plan was to offer replicas of several famous Ford models, but financial problems limited production to the Model A and T-Bird. Built upon a modern chassis with running gear sourced from the Ford parts bin, this was a far more capable automobile than the original.
The Motorcar Offered The consignor purchased this example from the original owner in Southern California with only 3,600 miles on the odometer. An inveterate tinkerer, the new owner immediately set out to create an iconic hot rod using the factory authorized replica as a foundation. A 2.8-liter Cologne V-6 and automatic transmission from a Mustang II replaced the original 4-cylinder engine for better performance, which were also rebuilt completely prior to installation. Inside, tuck and roll upholstery and a custom steering wheel add period authenticity with a heater for the rumble seat and AM/FM radio adding to the creature comforts. Oversized rolling stock and old school hubcaps help fill out the wheel arches, while the body was painted in gloss black with tricolour flames. No expense was spared during the construction of this magnificent hot rod and the modern underpinnings promise performance and handling to match the iconic appearance.