A possible big win for Ford...what if?

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  1. LPBlue

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    With Ford concentrating on trucks and electric, perhaps they could sell a ton of cars based on an updated Model A. Modern v6/drivetrain/suspension/brakes and electronics with an electric version to boot.Drivers would buy it . What say ye?
     
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    There must be more To this story..
    Is there?
     
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    LPBlue "That Guy", again...dammit!

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    I wouldn't mind an elec car or truck but I think a really reliable longer lasting battery won't be readily available in time for me
     
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    I would not buy one but you'll need at least 5 million more responses before you'll know for sure if it'll sell.

    In the meantime you might check on Studebacker and DeSoto and see what they're up to. An all electric Avanti would be cool. :D
     
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    What would you do for crash safety?
     
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    I think a lot of car companies could sell nostalgia. Re-issues of classic models, just like Fender does. An AVRI Model A, sure. And there are other models that could do well as re-issues. The model B, the 73 Mustang Mach 1, for example. The 57 Chevy Bel-Aire.

    But in the USA the auto industry is stacked up with regulations--some for safety and emissions, some for worker safety, some for preventing competition or otherwise "helping" the industry. Introducing a new model is expensive, even if it's an old model.

    The Model A is a great looking design, but it has a heavy ladder frame and lousy aerodynamics. If Ford were to re-issue, they'd probably put it on a Ford Ranger frame (which is honestly a little too big, but would be about the right size for a Model B), and you could expect handling, fuel economy and safety to be in the Ford Ranger ballpark. To me, the bigger issue is the interior--a Model A or B Ford with a modern plastic interior and a puffy steering wheel with the airbag enclosure would just be wrong.

    For the Model A, the original had a 40hp I4 engine. Why not stick with the I4 layout, and just use a modern fuel injected I4--maybe the Fiesta 1.6 (197hp) or the Ford Ranger 2.7 (270hp). A car that small would not benefit from a heavier engine up front.
     
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    Er, don’t really know what you’re looking for here bud?
     
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    It would never pass modern safety regulations unless it had so many updates it wouldn't really resemble a Model A any longer. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
    The "tub" style body especially wouldn't pass a crash test.
     
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    My Mrs. Father work at ford from returning from WWII
    Till
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    Moved his assignment every three years to avoid going stale...

    Ford took care of her mother till mom's death....
    And
    All 5 of her siblings got cars at Employee price....

    Needles to say
    Mrs. Is a a FomoCo fan....
     
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    You think this one's going that way too?
     
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    We've had conversations about other things, but those others earlier hit on one of the "third rails" that'll always doom a thread.
     
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    This topic is posted in Sidwinder's Bar & Grille.

    Per the description : "Sidewinder's is where Off Topic discussions is welcomed. However it is a moderated section and is not an "anything goes" section."

    To me that means discussions about cars, planes, boats, tools, etc...are perfectly fine, but it still shouldn't violate general policies about politics, religion, or personal attacks. :thumb:
     
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    I think it would be a short lived niche market.