1929 Model A Roadster Pickup Hot Rod

Price: US $45,000.00 Item location: Staunton, Virginia, United States
  • Condition: Used
  • Make: Ford
  • Model: Model A
  • Type: Roadster Pickup
  • Trim: 2 Door Roadster Hot Rod
  • Year: 1929
  • Mileage: 16,112
  • VIN: A1272964
  • Color: Burgundy and Green
  • Engine size: 283 Chevrolet
  • Number of cylinders: 8
  • Power options: Heated Seats
  • Fuel: Gasoline
  • Transmission: Manual
  • Drive type: RWD
  • Interior color: Dark Red and Green
  • Safety options: Seat Belts
  • Options: Convertible
  • Vehicle Title: Clear
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1929 Ford Model A

Bruce A. Elder

Antique and Classic Automobiles

114 South New Street, taunton, irginia 24401



1929 Ford Roadster Pickup

Traditional Hot Rod By Larry Rathburn, llegheny Speed Shop

V.I.N.: A1272964

Mileage: 16,112 (Indicated, ince build)

About the Car:


You have examined the pictures, ow, lease, ake a couple of minutes to read the details of this amazing seven year long hot rod build. This car was built by the best and most talented people I know. I own a Larry Rathburn built car. I will never part with it. In fact he is building me a beautiful roadster right now. This is an important opportunity for a serious enthusiast.

Chassis & Driveline:

Custom surface plate, ig-built chassis by Allegheny Speed Shop. Re-contoured 1932 Ford frame rails, icked at the rear. Custom dropped and vee'd front axle with caster adjustable custom chrome radius rods and rear mounted transverse spring. Buick finned aluminum drum brakes. A Frankland Championship quick-change rear axle (open), ith 31 spline Ford axles is mounted on 1947 Ford radius arms modified for adjustments to pinion angle. Aldan coil-over shocks. Front and rear Panhard bars. Custom cowl mounted Volvo steering box with custom made chrome pitman arm, teering arm and drag link. The wheels and hubcaps are 1936 Ford 16s with 195/80 and 215/85 Radials front and rear. Yes, he lettering on the sidewalls was buffed off.

The cooling system features a custom aluminum radiator with a unique symmetrical upper tank with inlet and outlets paired at the top. The mechanical fan pulls air through a handmade shroud. Finned alloy overflow tank.

Exhaust is through a set of Chevy ram's horns and runs to the rear in beautifully crafted polished stainless pipes with a cutout right in front of each rear tire.

Fuel and brake lines are stainless. So are the radiator and heater plumbing and the vacuum lines.

Engine & Transmission:

Chevrolet 283 C.I.D. V-8, .94 heads, riple Rochester 2 Bbl. carburetors on a rare Edelbrock C355 aluminum intake manifold, delbrock finned aluminum valve covers, olid lifter cam. Chevrolet ignition with a Pertronix electronic conversion. Custom extra capacity oil pan. New GM T-5 Five-speed transmission.

Body & Bed:

1929 Ford model A” roadster pickup cab, uilt over a tubular roll-cage cowl structure. This pickup cab has had extensive modification to allow for a low and comfortable seating position, his includes; lengthened doors, ual cowl vents, owered floor pans and bellied rear panel.

The chrome vee'd windshield was custom built for this truck and features a special rear view mirror mount and wind wings. Narrowed, eaked, nd vee'd grille shell and custom 3-piece aluminum hood. The pickup bed is shortened and houses a 16 gallon stainless steel fuel tank, hidden tool box and some decent luggage space.

Interior & Top:

Dark red genuine leather by Kings Upholstery in Roanoke, irginia. Leather trim extends to a console, rm rests, anjo steering wheel and door map pockets. Under dash heater and heated seats. Fully operational windshield wipers. So Cal Speed Shop Auburn style instrument panel with Stewart Warner gauges and an electronic VDO speedometer. Adjustable steering column, eat belts.

The folding (or removable) top was constructed from polished stainless Ford deluxe roadster arms and custom ash bows. The fabric is German canvas and the unusual rear window is 1932 Plymouth.

Paint & Chrome

The paint finishes on this car were applied by Jeff Bennett owner of Wide Open Customs. Jeff is builder of many hot rods and recently was honored as the lead restorer on the historic early custom '39 Ford convertible by Slick Paterson at the Detroit Autorama. The pinstriping was performed by acclaimed automotive artist Tom Van Nortwick. The metal polishing and chrome plating was done by Jeff Hanlon of Hanlon Plating in Richmond, irginia. Do yourself a favor and look these guys up on the internet...

About the Builder:

Larry Rathburn, wner of Allegheny Speed Shop in Catabwa, irginia, as been building traditional hot rods for decades. Famous award winning builds include his 1929 Victoria Sport Phaeton, ruce Elder's 999 Phaeton, nd the restoration of the 1953 Lincoln Special NASCAR Speedway Division Champ Car. These cars and many others have been featured in Hot Rod, treet Rodder, od & Custom, ar Kulture Deluxe, treetscene, nd many more.

Show & Go

As beautiful and well crafted as many hot rods are, ew drive as nicely as they look. This is not the case with a Rathburn built car. A few months after it's debut at the Detroit Autorama where it won it's class, his car had it's shakedown cruise from the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia to the L.A. Roadster Show. And back. 6,000 miles in all conditions.

Out on the road, ood lights, ipers, rakes are not decorative anymore. Sit in this roadster on a cold Colorado morning and enjoy the snug canvas top, eat heaters as well as the working heater while your buddy's shiver in their cars. Rain -X is great stuff on the highway, ut when you are stuck in traffic it sure is nice to have a good set of wipers. Check out the cooling system on this car and you will see a well engineered and very unique approach. Proven in mountains and America's hottest desert. This reliable car gets 18-20 MPG even when driven in “a spirited manner”and has a really decent range with that 16 gallon tank. Please note that because this car has a quick change differential, ike much of the suspension on this car, t can be tuned to suit your own driving style. Additional gears for the quick change will be included in the sale that will allow you to adjust the final drive for greater acceleration or top end performance and economy. You will further note that the speedometer is a programmable VDO unit, o that as quickly as you change the rear drive gears, o can you change your speedometer calibration. Further evidence of the forethought displayed in the building of this car. Study the photos and you will see why Larry Rathburn is considered by his peers to be one of the finest car builders in the country.


With this car comes a real Virginia title and loads of photos detailing the build.

Please read this prior to buying!


We invite your personal inspection of this car at our shop here in Staunton, irginia. If you are the slightest bit timid about this please take your finger off the mouse now before you buy and drive us both crazy. This is not a hobby for the timid. This car is sold as is and without warranty of any kind. This car is also available for purchase locally in our showroom. As such, e reserve the right to end the listing early and with no notice. We cannot and will not consider any trades.

We will not consider any offers below the buy it now price from anyone who does not inspect the vehicle in person or via their designated representative. Further, e have stated clearly what we want for the car. Please do not ask us for our best price, s that is the price you see on the page in front of you. It is one hell of a deal already.

If you are the buyer, e expect a non-refundable deposit of 500.00 by Paypal within 24 hours. The balance, y wire transfer within 7 days (5 business days).

You can buy with confidence as I am a Licensed Virginia Dealer.