1929 Ford Model A
1929 Ford Model A "Shay"- Oregon Showroom
Harry J. Shay founded the Model A & Model T Motor Car Reproduction Corporation in the spring of 1978 (which
name was changed to Shay Motors Corporation in November of 1980).
Harry Shay had a great deal worked out with Ford. The plan was to send at least one car to every Ford dealership
across the USA. Ford got publicity and attracted customers to its showrooms and Shay got access to an extraordinary
distribution network. The cars were advertized in glossy color brochures starting in late 1978 as the Golden Anniversary Model A. They were sold by Ford dealers as factory-built and warranted by Ford Motor Company. This might have been the only time a major auto manufacturer participated in the reproduction of a famous car out of its past. Ford waived design patents for its Model A so that the Shay Roadster could be built.
Ford supplied the platform, Shay manufactured the cars and Ford, Mercury and Lincoln dealers sold them They were Nationally advertized on CNN, the Today Show, Price Is Right, Hollywood Squares, in the New York Times, Forbes magazine, Old Car News, Motor Trend Car & Driver and other auto magazines which praised them as highly successful and more reliable than the Model A, with the modern conveniences of today's automobile. Ads were saying there were orders to last twenty years or so. A 10,000 limit was placed on production since above this level, the car would have had to adhere more strictly to U.S. Federal standards on design and safety.
This Polar Bear Edition was built in 1981 and is featured in triple white. It is heavily accessorized with dual side mounted spare tires, dual outside rear view mirrors, dual cowl fog lamps, chrome grille stone guard, running board step plates, chrome wire wheels, deluxe rear mounted trunk and rumble seat.
It is built on a Ford Pinto chassis featuring rack and pinion steering and disc brakes. It is powered by a 2 liter Ford inline 4 cylinder engine and a 4 speed manual transmission. It is exceptionally clean and fun to drive.
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- 4 Speed Manual