1931 Ford Model A UPS Delivery Truck #215
Excerpts from Actual Appraisal by Steve Cram
00633 (odometer reset at restoration).
Black to fenders, UPS dark brown.
Black vinyl to driver's seat and wood.
Ford 200 CID L-head 4-cylinder engine, 40-50 bhp, manual transmission,
wire wheels, side view mirrors, fold-out windshield, wipers, horn,
UPS-built delivery carriage including sliding door and special rear
windows, side curved paneling, aftermarket 6-volt alternator to
replace original generator, aftermarket stainless steel water pump,
right side mount with special metal cover, running boards to UPS
specs, UPS plaque mounted inside with regulations.
Using the traditional rating scale of 1 to 5 for collector cars
(1, mint/show/perfect; 2, very good; 3, good; 4, fair; 5, poor/rough;
and 6 for unredeemable junk or parts), this commercial vehicle sports
a nut-and-bolt restoration and is in #1 condition. With two logical
mechanical updates, some fussy judges might find fault and ding a
perfect score; however, the appraiser, who also judges many shows,
would not. This vehicle should receive high 90s at most shows that
accept commercial vehicles. It is the only 1931 UPS van known to
Very good physical specimen taken to bare metal with all refurbishments
necessary and originals that go with the unit. No rust or impacts now.
#1 paint job done to UPS specs. Brightwork in #1 order; front and rear
bumper show no entanglements, grille is also #1, replacement Boyce
Moto-meter. Wire wheels in #1 order, tires very good to excellent.
Top redone carefully in ribbed vinyl to replace original canvas
material which is no longer available, #1.
Completely restored to match rest of vehicle, dash is #1 with all
instruments functioning as they should. All systems operate, all #1.
Framing in wood completely redone using high-quality materials only
(includes special oval rear windows). Cabinetry everywhere in this
vehicle is #1.
Detailed for show. Cooling system #1, same for all body wiring.
Simplicity of the design allows detailed inspection.
Detailed for show and in #1 shape. Aftermarket items include
alternator, stainless steel water pump and battery connector,
all in #1 condition.
Everything rebuilt to #1 status: engine transmission, rear end, etc.
Unit started quickly, warmed up perfectly and tested out #1 in all
The Model A was introduced in the late '20s as the successor to the
immortal Model T. This better edition proved to be just as popular.
However, even hot-selling Ford Model A passenger production figures
show the ugly trends of the early '30s. 1930: 1,261,053 units produced.
1931: 626,579 in the middle of the Great Depression.
Commercial model As were available from a host of constructors but
never seriously collected (due to their size and cost) until recently.
Unfortunately, most examples are butchered beyond redemption. While
the market for this vehicle is thin, it is the only one this
appraiser has seen restored to this level. It's a special truck,
and will require a special buyer to achieve top dollar.