Category: Classic American

Early Days of my Model A – Part 1 Buying & Shipping


Back in November 2013 I purchased a 1929 Model A Ford Sport Coupe and for some reason all of the posts in my blog up until January 2014 appear to have vanished. So let’s fill in the blanks

Here’s the original advert from Joe’s Old Cars in Chittenango, New York. Joe sent me a lot of pictures, we swapped emails and spoke on the phone on a number of occasions, eventually reaching a deal and arranging to wire the money. Joe was a pleasure to deal with throughout. Joes’s website is here

I arranged shipping with the ever patient Kevin Hill at Hill Shipping. I say patient because I’d had a few near misses and was worried that I was wasting Kevin’s time with quotes. He was however most professional and really took the stress out of the whole exercise, arranging a door to door service from Chittenango to Reading. As part of the service Kevin arranged all the import and customs charges, which can be a minefield if you don’t know the ropes. Kevin even featured the car in his advert in Classic American Magazine

We tracked the car on it’s journey across the pond – it actually arrived earlier than expected and I had to dash out of work to get home and clear the garage! The car arrived in a huge Kent Vale car transporter with a beautiful Brass Era Buick as a travelling companion. I asked if I could have the Buick instead but you can imagine the response. Kevin the driver couldn’t have been more helpful after a long day and helped us push the car into the garage for it’s first night in Reading.