• Jan 28, 2008


Click to view more images of the Cosworth-powered 1929 Ford Model A

Ford owners love to swap out their stock powerplants for high-performance crate engines. No news there. But this has to be the most extreme application we've seen yet: a 1929 Model A with a 250hp rally-spec Cosworth.

The custom job is the work of Finnish outfit Mäkelä Auto Tuning, the same firm that built the ice speed record-setting Bentley Continental GT. This time, MAT received a mandate from the Model A's owner to restore the classic to pristine condition while giving it some extra juice. So they took the engine out of a Ford Escort BDA Cosworth Group 4 rally car and dropped it into the restored chassis. The result could very well be the ultimate sleeper: a vintage Ford that hits sixty in five flat and tops out at 124 mph. That's got to be one heck of a scary ride.

Check out the pics in the gallery below and here.

[Source: MAT via Carscoop]



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      • 6 Years Ago
      On a good dry day an observer of a 0-60 speed-run might want to stand at binocular distance.

      For best results, soak wheels in water two days before attempting speed runs.
      • 6 Years Ago
      i won't lie, I was scratching my head thinking.. I didn't know Cosworth was around in 1929... That is seriously sick though.. I would love to hear the sound it makes..
        • 6 Years Ago
        I forgot, hotrod.com has video of the car on the road and on the dyno. Sounds wicked!
        • 6 Years Ago
        The Cosworth is an 80's rally car engine, the build can be found in the current issue of Hot Rod magazine. And their website. [hotrod.com]
        • 6 Years Ago
        I was right there with you... thinking Huh? Cosworth was building engines back then putting out what?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Is it still a Model A if you replace all the mechanical components with something else? The brakes are modern hydraulic units, the suspension is updated, and the powerplant is new.

      That isn't a restoration because restoration implies bringing it back to like-new condition. That's a total rebuild.
      • 6 Years Ago
      In Hot Rod, they showed the custom aluminum casts for those faux wooden spoke wheels. Pretty cool article. They stated in the article that the torque would just shred the wood wheels. They cast custom aluminum wheels and hand painted the wood grain for the ultimate sleeper.
      • 6 Years Ago
      super sweet
      • 6 Years Ago
      Ha! Too bad it wasn't all-wheel, with that slick, 'euro ford' motor.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This is perhaps the coolest story I have ever read on Autoblog. I want to go for a ride in this car!
      • 6 Years Ago
      It was kinda classic, but its great! I love it . . .

      http://cars.ozfreeonline.com
        • 6 Years Ago
        Awesome! That's the ultimate sleeper. I'd like to take a spin in that. Sure puts those old Cosworth Vega(s) Vegii? to shame.............
      • 6 Years Ago
      I seriously hope those are real wooden spoke wheels on that thing. I mean can any of you imagine what damage the torque could do to them. Unless I am wrong and those wooden spoke wheels back then could handle that kind of power.

      I am still trying to figure out the point of the 5-point seatbelts when the seatback is about waist height.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I remembered watching a youtube, and man... I wonder how much that'd cost to own!
      • 6 Years Ago
      The sound is pretty good, video on the restorer's site:
      http://www.mat.fi/video_aford.htm

      The 195 image slide show is pretty detailed, down to putting the woodgrain on the custom wheels:
      http://www.mat.fi/project1929fordmodel-a.htm
      • 6 Years Ago
      Very cool, but I'd sure want a brake mod, too.
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