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Old 06-03-2010, 05:32 PM   #1
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Default Strange German Model A Cabriolet

Just wondering if anyone has ever seen or heard of anything like the photo below? Saw it while looking around on eBay. Says it was printed from the original negative and is from Berlin. Maybe a coach built option or something?

I noticed that it too has the Trafficator Turn Signals that "Brad In Germany" recently posted about.

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Old 06-03-2010, 06:28 PM   #2
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I recently saw a picture and short description of one in a book, but can't remember what book
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Old 06-03-2010, 07:39 PM   #3
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Very rarely do the German bodied cars look "Right" to me. Fat doors and goofy tops, sorry, I just don't like them.
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Old 06-03-2010, 07:46 PM   #4
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Mpst definitely !
I saw it at Lake Worth Fords & Friends car show four years ago.
It was VERY WELL put together.
It had an eagle and swastica bumper shield.
I will search for my photo.
HOW BOUT IT MIKE V ??
(Mike belongs to Treasure Coast A's where the V-8 club put on the show.)
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Old 06-03-2010, 08:16 PM   #5
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Found it in my 2005 Florida file.
I saw it at the Lake Worth FL Fords & Friends Car show.
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Old 06-03-2010, 09:39 PM   #6
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Bruce, nice pics, nice car, but that one is a '32 I'm sure it is as rare though
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Old 06-03-2010, 09:49 PM   #7
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One of the guys that followed the old Fordbarn has a slant windshield version of the car in the ad. I can't offer a pic without permission.
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Old 06-03-2010, 10:04 PM   #8
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It looks something like the famous Cord designer's Model A custom from 1930. His was based on a Sport Coupe and thie one seems to be based on a Vickey.

Was his name Gordon Bueler?

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Old 06-03-2010, 10:06 PM   #9
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There is a guy in Pa that has one of those. He was on the old Barn. Not sure if he is on here though.
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The Gordon Buehrig Model A was different.........it was pleasing to look at.
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Old 06-04-2010, 06:15 AM   #11
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All that German beer guzzling created the need for bigger doors. Only natural this was another German Fort`e.
I really enjoyed looking at that long door.

Kind of like the 1975-1977 Jaguar XJ-12 C
This Coupe had a floor pan 6" shorter then a four door while the door was 6" longer and no 'B' post between the two windows. To have the two window fit propper took an additional year of development before this body was ready for the market.

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Old 06-04-2010, 09:07 AM   #12
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Very rarely do the German bodied cars look "Right" to me. Fat doors and goofy tops, sorry, I just don't like them.
I always thought just the opposite. I think the European,especially the German versions of Henry's cars looked really elegant and pleasing to look at. Maybe its because they are so different from what I normally see.
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Old 06-04-2010, 09:43 AM   #13
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Thanks for posting pictures of the 1932 Bruce. I was certain that nothing like the top photo was created, or that if they were, there are none left.

Does anyone else have photos or any more photos of the '32 that Bruce posted above from the side view? It looks like the car in the photo Bruce posted is a 4 door. I would love to see some more shots of it as well.

I think the German cars are neat. Quite a conversation piece!
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Old 06-04-2010, 04:23 PM   #14
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I saw a picture of a foreign Model A "Club" Cabriolet very similar to the picture but it had a built in trunk. My "modified" cabriolet that came from Argentina could have been influenced by Germain design or maybe the body guy just had a big family and needed more room. Anyway, I like the extra room and will get it on the road someday.
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Old 06-04-2010, 08:29 PM   #15
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Found it in my 2005 Florida file.
I saw it at the Lake Worth FL Fords & Friends Car show.
the green '32 looks like one that resides here in Jacksonville. the owner also has another German-built V8, a 34 or 35. both are VERY nice cars.
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Old 06-04-2010, 08:43 PM   #16
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In 2006, the Amelia Island Concurs 'd Elegance featured a number of these European custom Fords, all prewar V8. No MA. Perhaps somebody has some photos of the event. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and frankly these cars did nothing for me. I was more interested in the Dusenburg SJ phaeton originally built for William Schick (razorblades). All black with blackwalls. A striking car. Only a handfull of supercharged cars were originally built. Of the 400 or so big Dusies built '29 -36, most were Js.,
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Old 06-05-2010, 06:02 AM   #17
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I have a 1931 Glaser. That is the car you are asking about. I will try to post a photo if I can figure out the way to do it.
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Old 06-05-2010, 09:01 AM   #18
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Does anyone else have photos or any more photos of the '32 that Bruce posted above from the side view?
This looks like the same car, though I shot this at Temecula Ca. in '07. There were two of them there parked beside each other, but I can't seem to find that pic. If I figure out where I filed it I'll add it later.
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Is this the pic?
This is the 32 and the 35 German cabriolets together.

It's too bad my filing sucks.........though whatever I did at the time probably made sense. CRS is a curse.

No, the two at Temecula were both '32s, I'm pretty sure the other one was a burgundy and black combo, or maybe all burgundy.
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Thanks. Looks a lot like what I think I remember.
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