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Old 09-17-2020, 11:50 AM   #1
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Default Body Lines of Model "A"

Which better depicts the spirit of the Model "A" Ford 190A Victoria? The luggage rack or the tire cover?
Ever since I saw a big Marmon Victoria at a car show many years ago, I became determined to own a Victoria. So when my best friend Don found one nearby my home, I had to have it, and best of all my wife Kathy bought it for me. Having restored my 190A Victoria, I learned that it has little to no space for luggage, spare parts & tools. So I put a luggage rack on the back of her, and it ruined the beautiful curved back body lines of the car.
Some vintage accessories really takeaway from Edsel Ford's gorgeous styling of the Model "A."
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File Type: jpg Tiree Cover 319kb.jpg (48.4 KB, 91 views)
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Old 09-17-2020, 03:06 PM   #2
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My vote is the tire cover. I don't feel Ford ever intended them to be a family car. It was to be a sporty Coupe. The trunk on many cars kills the look IMO.
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Old 09-17-2020, 04:06 PM   #3
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I vote for just the spare tire also, no luggage rack or trunk.

They look better without being all clugged up
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Old 09-17-2020, 05:31 PM   #4
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Spare tire, no contest...... A SHARP looking car!
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Old 09-17-2020, 05:38 PM   #5
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I have a trunk on my Town Sedan to carry "junk" while on tour, but I agree the Vicky, along with Roadsters and Coupes look better without a trunk altho a Coupe can get away with a rack as long as it is folded up until needed. JMO.
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Old 09-17-2020, 06:00 PM   #6
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I can't say I care for the Victorias even though I live in Victoria!
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Old 09-17-2020, 07:37 PM   #7
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Typically, less is more when it comes to the appearance of most vintage cars.

That being said, sometimes you do need extra space for long road trips. The luggage rack and trunk are easily removed when you are going for looks alone.
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Old 09-17-2020, 07:45 PM   #8
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Tire cover gets my vote.
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Tire Cover for sure...
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Old 09-18-2020, 10:20 PM   #11
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Bob, compared to most "A's" don't you have a spacious storage area behind the rear seat?
Seems to me one of our club members carries about every spare part one could need when we tour, even has and inventory book as to what container has what part.
He also has a trunk that follows the curve of the body, that looks good. But he has side mounts for spares. Very nice car. I also think no trunk on that car with the spare on the rear.
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I have a spare tire with a cover on my Victoria.

Personally, I do not like side mount spares on a Victoria, I think it detracts from the lines of the car. Neat and clean with minimal "stuff". I also do not have step plates on the running boards.

The Victoria is one of the best looking Model A's Ford made, (in my opinion).

I agree with others. Less is more.

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Old 09-19-2020, 06:27 AM   #13
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Default Body Lines of Model "A"

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Bob, compared to most "A's" don't you have a spacious storage area behind the rear seat?
Seems to me one of our club members carries about every spare part one could need when we tour, even has and inventory book as to what container has what part.
He also has a trunk that follows the curve of the body, that looks good. But he has side mounts for spares. Very nice car. I also think no trunk on that car with the spare on the rear.

I have a Victoria, and I would not call the space behind the seat spacious. Plus, access to that area in my car is difficult, which is why you would want to keep an external inventory of its contents.

I love the car, but Iíd rather have more leg room for the rear passengers. Iím 6í 2Ē, so I need the driverís seat positioned in the last hole, which makes for a tight fit on the driverís side rear seat. The passengerís side rear seat doesnít fare much better on leg room.


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Old 09-19-2020, 10:31 AM   #14
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PalAl, the space behind the rear seat, AKA the bustle, is good for storing blankets and little else. Anything put onto the floor in bustle requires long arms to retrieve, but mine are short. There is storage under the rear seat for a jack and a small tool kit, but it's a pain in the derriere to get at on a trip. My 190A has a tool box in front of the radiator apron, and it holds a lot of tools and spare parts. In comparison to my 190A, my 45B Coupe has considerably more storage room.
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Old 09-20-2020, 09:24 PM   #15
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If going on a long tour . . . how about a period trailer?
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