When people ask me about the "best" old car for a first-time buyer, I inevitably tell them that a Model A Ford should be on everyone''s wish list. Cars like this gorgeous 1931 deluxe roadster make fantastic hobby cars thanks to their reliability, performance, awesome parts availability, and driving dynamics. If you want a car that''s easy to drive and gives you the true flavor of what old cars are about, and will attract a ton of attention while doing so, this Model A is for you. Few Model As are more desirable than the deluxe roadster, particularly one loaded with accessories like this one. With a first-class restoration that has mellowed only slightly and could be made show-ready again with just a little elbow grease, it represents a solid investment in fun. Washington Blue always looks best on roadsters, and combined with the black fenders and Straw pinstripe and wheels, it cuts a dashing profile. Sheetmetal is in excellent shape with professional-grade workmanship throughout, and the roadster looks like a far more expensive vehicle when dressed to the 9s like this one. Sure, someone ordered all the accessories, from a grille guard to the luggage rack, but that''s the fun of a Model A: you can pretty much built it to taste. Ford was also a pioneer in the use of stainless steel (or "rustless steel" as they called it then) which means that if it''s shiny, it can be polished and will look great practically forever. Inside, it has a correct brown leather interior from Lebaron-Bonney, the long-time experts in Model A upholstery. Correct in just about every way, it''s easy to get comfortable behind the wheel. The controls are well-placed and as long as you''re not tall enough to play for the Dallas Mavericks, you''ll find yourself feeling at home pretty quickly. It has a correct late 1931 round speedometer set into a two-tone dash that''s not correct but looks awesome, and the factory hard rubber steering wheel makes the steering light and direct. A carpeted floor mat adds a surprisingly luxurious feel, and the rumble seat can carry two in equal comfort. Overhead, a new tan canvas top looks great and folds quickly and easily for instant open-air motoring. The Model A''s robust 200 cubic inch inline-four seems modest on paper, but thanks to a great power-to-weight ratio, the torquey little engine moves the roadster with genuine gusto. It''s dressed in Ford olive green engine paint and while it shows a few signs of use, it''s also obvious that this car was built to tour with that 6-volt alternator and aftermarket air filter for the Zenith updraft carb. Correct flat spark plug leads give it an authentic look, and if there''s a more reliable 1930s engine than this, I can''t imagine what it might be. The 3-speed manual transmission will introduce you to the concept of double-clutching, and it offers light effort and clear detents to make everything easy. The chassis is in exceptionally nice shape with everything refinished during the restoration, so you can drive it anywhere with confidence. Six painted wire wheels look great and wear 4.75/5x19 wide whitewall Firestones. Beautiful in its own right, this is a great Model A for the novice or experienced hobbyist. If any Model A can be considered a smart buy, this is it. Call today! This vehicle is located in our Dallas/Fort Worth showroom. For more information, please call (817) 764-8000 or toll free (855) 877-2707.