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Old 07-25-2021, 01:22 AM   #1
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I have posted some photos before of the 1929 Town Car owned by the Lyon Automotive Collection in Southern California. It was purchased from the Harrah Collection in the late 1980’s as part of a very large deal completed by the late Gen. William Lyon, involving dozens of cars. This car was exhibited again today at a special event, so I was able to take a few more photos. One is very interesting…..it is a closeup of the divider window between the front and rear compartment, showing how the glass was shaped to fit that area…..not straight at all!
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Absolutely beautiful 1929 Model A Ford Town Car.
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The town cars are quite interesting aren't they? Don't see a lot of them, always welcome to see one.
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I see 1/4 turn fasteners. Were these used to put a top over where the chauffer was seated when it rained?
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you are correct nk- cloth top goes over drivers compartment.

and yes, the side divider glass is curved-would have to be custom made today unless you cheated with plexi....

because these cars are so unobtanium, I seriously thought to build a copy from a blindback-which would have suited me fine, in relation to what an original goes for- but then I found a Pierce club sedan and am more then happy with that, for pennies on the dollar. sometimes just have to think a bit differently as to what your end goal is and mine is to have fun.
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Here is a picture of the top in place.

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This car was exhibited again today at a special event
Where was this "special event"?
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Where was this "special event"?

My guess would be at the Lyon Air Museum, next to John Wayne Airport (between Costa Mesa and Irvine)

Also, TerryH: thank you for posting - I had no idea they are holding a special "Ford Exhibit" - I think that's worth the hour drive for me to see
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Yes, it was at the Lyon Air Museum….. a special one day exhibit for Ford Company cars produced before 1970. It wasn’t well publicized, for some reason. We were sent an invitation to exhibit our cars……so I took along my 1930 Town Sedan. I was surprised there was only two Model A’s….mine, and a 1929 RCP, and one older, brass era Model T, but lots of 50’s and 60’s stuff.

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Never knew Ford had a Chauffer type car!! First one I have ever seen.
I guess Henry and Edsel both had chauffer's.

That is a beautiful car. Thanks for sharing.
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you are correct nk- cloth top goes over drivers compartment.

and yes, the side divider glass is curved-would have to be custom made today unless you cheated with plexi....

because these cars are so unobtanium, I seriously thought to build a copy from a blindback-which would have suited me fine, in relation to what an original goes for- but then I found a Pierce club sedan and am more then happy with that, for pennies on the dollar. sometimes just have to think a bit differently as to what your end goal is and mine is to have fun.

Tim Kelly and I had several sets of curved glass for the partition made several years ago. We made extras. I have a spare set.


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Never knew Ford had a Chauffer type car!! First one I have ever seen.
I guess Henry and Edsel both had chauffer's.

That is a beautiful car. Thanks for sharing.
Henry had his own daily driver. It was a 1929 Coupe (Washington Blue)
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I see 1/4 turn fasteners. Were these used to put a top over where the chauffer was seated when it rained?
Those "Common Sense Fasteners" are also used to hold on the rear bracket of the driver's compartment roof side bolsters, thus way the side ones look taller.

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I saw one from a distance in New Hampshire a few weeks ago at the national tour but didn't get to check it out up close.
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1929 Model A Ford Town Car. Very desirable and interesting cars.
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Early Black & White photo with the Top in place.
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I drove by there yesterday 7-25 and it's still there.
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Yes, it was separate from the Saturday only invited exhibit of pre-1970 Ford produced cars. The cars inside were already there for awhile as part of a longer running Ford exhibit. Not sure how much longer they will be there…….
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I've been reading fordbarn for about two years now and more than once wanted to respond to different subjects but was a bit concerned about my computer illiteracy. Well I have to respond about the Town Car at Lyons Air Museum, talked to them and they said
the Town Car plus other Fords will be there until Sept. 6, 2021 Labor Day.
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dont be concerned- this is how we ALL learn........

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