How we met Miss Vicky

It was pure providence that Bill and Lee fell in with Miss Vicky, the 1931 Model A Ford Victoria destined for Peking-to-Paris.  Of all things, she was discovered on Craigslist while in Scottsdale Arizona for the annual January auctions where we thought we’d find a Model A.  They never made it to the auctions!

There she was, plucky, perky – poised for adventure.  The paint was delightful and entirely suitable for our needs: at 10 feet, she looked perfect.  Any closer and, well, her paint’s crinkles and crackles appeared, indicating she’d seen a mile or two over 86 years.  Behind the Vicky’s famous “bustle,” the leather strapped travel trunk added to her “ready-to-travel” appearance.  Close examination of the running gear showed a perfectly straight frame, supporting original ash woodwork in fine shape requiring only minor attention to come up to snuff for the grueling 10,000-mile journey for which she was intended.  A serviceable original motor started promptly with that wonderful Model A exhaust note: a blend of rasp, snort and, finally, purr.  At 40 horses, we knew we’d be upgrading to modern Model A specks but the starting point was perfect.  Modern seats, upgraded and stronger wheels, a two-speed gear splitter, 12-volt alternator system and the loudest, original Spartan “oouuughaaa” horn ever heard.  In short, Miss Vicky had very good bones.


  1. William Ward on December 28, 2017 at 11:14 am

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