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Ford Model A Glassic Abercrombi Runabout, Red, for sale in Charlotte, North Carolina, for $18,995.
Advertised by Abercrombie & Fitch (yes, the same company you see today) as the perfect gift for the man who has everything, the 1967 Abercrombie Runabout was a replica 1931 Model A Ford deluxe phaeton on International Scout running gear. Sources differ on how many were built for the Abercrombie catalog, but everyone agrees that it was no more than a handful, perhaps as few as 4 and as many as 30.
The cars were actually built by Glassic, well-known for their fiberglass Model A replicas, and the Abercrombie Runabout differs only in the unique badge on the radiator. The proportions are pretty good, considering that they were working with a Scout chassis, and the two-door phaeton body style is one of the most desirable Model As ever made. In fact, there are stories of how a father and son team traveled around the country collecting parts of a deluxe phaeton to use as a mold, and this is the result. The car itself is instantly recognizable as a Model A, and the workmanship is decent. The car isn't painted, but the color is actually molded into the fiberglass, so it won't scratch or dent, a fact promoters demonstrated by swinging a sledgehammer against its flanks. This one remains nicely preserved in original condition, with factory fit and finish and a nice gloss to the body. A steel hood has separate top and side panels, and all the hardware is polished stainless or chrome, including the Model A quail hood ornament.
A spacious interior offers bucket seats up front and a full-width bench in back, all upholstered in two-tone vinyl that was probably standard in the International Scout on which the Runabout is based. A dash full of basic gauges and a large steering wheel, again lifted from the Scout, make the Runabout easy to drive and instantly familiar. There's a 3-speed manual transmission, which is perhaps a nod to the Model A's specifications, and it offers amenities that the Model A never did, such as a radio, heater, and turn signals. Overhead there's a folding canvas top that is easy enough to erect and stow and offers the true Model A experience.
Since the car is based on the International Scout, it's a rugged little beast, capable of going places that modern cars, and even the original Model A (which was pretty tough in its own right) could never imagine. Power comes from a four cylinder International Harvester engine making 94 horsepower, which is more than twice the Model A's specification, and it rides on a softly sprung chassis that floats down the road and climbs over rough terrain effortlessly. The tidy engine bay shows proper service and easy access to all the major components. Modern brakes hide behind wire wheels which currently wear Kelly radial tires.
This is a neat little cruiser that delivers all the fun of a Model A with improved performance and a lower price tag. It's a win-win all around. Call today!
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Location:Charlotte, North Carolina