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The Ford Model A in San Antonio

Ever since the first Ford Model A arrived in San Antonio during a 'blue norther' on Friday December 2, 1927, it has been very popular. The Alamo A's, formed in 1965, to celebrate this wonderful vehicle, is one of the oldest car clubs in San Antonio. Back in 1927, people in San Antonio were every bit as caught up as people around the world in the excitement surrounding the introduction of the "New Ford of 1928." No vehicle in the history of the automobile has been awaited with such anticipation as the “New Ford.” With the Ford Motor Company’s very existence on the line, would the replacement for the venerable Ford Model T be a mild upgrade or an entirely new vehicle. No one was disappointed. The "Model A Ford" proved to be a resounding success. It was handsome, strong reliable and simple. For the next four years it would be a sales leader. After that, unlike almost all of its peers, it kept going and going and going. Below you will find newspaper clippings and contemporary images plus a few snaps of Model A Fords in local and national museums.

San Antonio newspaper clippings regarding the introduction of the Ford Model A
San Antonio newspaper image of the first Ford Model A in San Antonio, Friday. Dec 2, 1927
San Antonio newspaper advert by a local auto supplier at the new of the arrival of the "New Ford."
Ford Motor Company "New Ford" advert in a San Antonio newspaper
Ford Motor Company "New Ford" advert in a San Antonio newspaper
Ford Motor Company "New Ford" advert in a San Antonio newspaper
Ford Motor Company "New Ford" advert in a San Antonio newspaper
Detail from the Ford Motor Company "New Ford" advert in a San Antonio newspaper
Detail from the Ford Motor Company "New Ford" advert in a San Antonio newspaper
San Antonio newspaper article announcing the arrival of the "New Ford"
San Antonio newspaper article anticipating the popularity of the "New Ford"
San Antonio Ford delaerships announcement of the "New Ford" presentaion at the Municipal Auditorium
San Antonio newspaper advert indicating the "New Ford" would move to the Peacock Alley of the St. Antony Hotel after its three day debut at the Municipal Auditorium
San Antonio newspaper headline about the popularity of the "New Ford," Sunday Dec. 4, 1927
San Antonio article about the popularity of the "New Ford," Sunday Dec. 4, 1927
San Antonio article about the popularity of the "New Ford," Sunday Dec. 4, 1927
Historic images of Model A Fords and contemporary cars in San Antonio
Original Pig Stand on Broadway, San Antonio, 1927. (The current location is very close. The original location now has the IH 35 bridge over it.)
Entrance to the San Antonio Stock Show, 1928
Smith-Young Tower, now called the Tower Life building, under construction, 1928
San Antonio parking lot, 1929
Bank run panic in San Antonio at the beginning of the Great Depression, 1929
Houston Street, San Antonio, 1929
Houston Street, San Antonio, 1929
1929 San Antonio newspaper Ford Model A advert
Houston Street, San Antonio, 1930
Houston Street at St Marys Street, San Antonio, circa 1930
Houston Street, San Antonio, 1930
1931 Ford Model A at a San Antonio gas station
1931 downtown San Antonio street scene
Alamo Plaza, San Antonio, c 1931
Ford Model A delivery van at the original San Antonio Pig Stand on Fredericksburg Road
Unknown Ford Model A driver in San Antonio
Ford Model AA truck on S. Presa Street in San Antonio
Vehicle on S. Alamo Street in San Antonio, 1928
Streetcar repairs outside Jordan Ford, San Antonio
Broadway near Brackenridge Park, San Antonio
Alamo Plaza, San Antonio, circa 1930
Alamo Plaza, San Antonio, c 1935
Ford Model AA truck still chugging along Commerce Street, San Antonio, c 1940
Historic images of Model A Fords and contemporary cars in South Texas
Falstaff Beer truck in Austin, Texas
Abandoned Ford Model A in Bastrop, Texas
The Landmark Inn in Castroville, mid 1930s
Ford Model A in Comfort, Texas
Cars crossing a low water crossing near Comfort, Texas
Ford Model A near the San Antonio, Fredericksburg RR between Comfort, Texas and Fredricksburg
Tourist Camp near Corpus Christi
Ford Model A in snow in Crystal City, Texas
Del Rio street scene, circa 1930, Texas
Famous country singer Jimmie Rogers who lived in Kerrville, Texas
Ford Model TT and AA trucks at a Kerrville gas station
Laredo school boy Howard Darnell, soon to be an air force pilot in WWII, c 1940
1930s street scene, Seguin, Texas
Ford Model A ice delivery trucks, Seguin, Texas
Model A Fords in modern San Antonio and South Texas

Visit the "Tours" page for many more snaps of Ford Model As in San Antonio and surrounding towns.

Ford Model A at the Alamo, San Antonio
Model A fords on the San Antonio historic Missions cruise, 2014
Ford Model A at the Alamo, San Antonio
Model A Fords at Mission San Juan, 2014
Model A Fords at Mission San Juan, 2014
Model A Ford at Mission Concepcion during the 2016 San Antonio historic Missions cruise
Ford Model A at Mission Espada, San Antonio,m 2014
Ford Model As at the Majestic Theater, Houston Street, San Antonio
Ford Model A outside a downtown San Antonio church
Ford Model As at Randolph AFB, Dec. 2015
Ford Model As driving through downtown San Antonio
Ford Model A in Alamo Heights
Ford Model As at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
Ford Model As at the funeral of an Alamo As member, Spring 2015
Ford Model A visiting Fort Sam Houston cemetery, 4th of July, 2015
Alamo As vehicles at a 2010 club meeting
Tom Foster's Ford Model A at the San Antonio Raceway drag strip in the late 1990s
Bob Cook's Ford Model A at the San Antonio Raceway drag strip, April 2016
At the former railroad depot in Hondo, now the Medina County museum, 1994
Ford Model A in Schulenburg, April 2016
Model A Fords with aircraft in South Texas
Ford Model A with bilane at a Confederate Air Force Show at Stinson Airfield, 1987
Ford Model A with SR71 Blackbird at Lackland AFB, San Antonio
Ford Model A at the Hondo Air Show social, 2013
Ford Model A with a biplane at the Kingsbury Aerodrome
Ford Model A with a biplane at the Kingsbury Aerodrome
Ford Model A with a biplane at the Kingsbury Aerodrome
Former club president John Blumentritt at the Alamo A's 50th Anniversary Photo Shoot, Cannon Field, San Antonio, March 2015
Alamo A's 50th Anniversary Photo Shoot, Cannon Field, San Antonio, March 2015
Former club president Dennis Harwell and wife Kim at the Alamo A's 50th Anniversary Photo Shoot, Cannon Field, San Antonio, March 2015
Ford Model A with a military liaison aircraft at Cannon Field, San Antonio
Ford Model As with a military aircraft at Cannon Field, San Antonio
Ford Model As with a military aircraft at Cannon Field, San Antonio
Kermit Lochte's Model A coupe with a classic bi-plane in San Antonio
Model A Fords in museums and on display
Jay Peacy's "Henry Award" winning 1930 coupe in the Model A Ford mMuseum in Hickory Corner, Michigan
Ford Model A in now closed South Texas Museum of Automotive History in Rosankey
Ford Model A in now closed South Texas Museum of Automotive History in Rosankey
Ford Model AA at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio
Ford Model A in the Shooting Star Museum Near Castroville
Ford Model AA truck on display outside the SAS shoe store in San Antonio
Model A Fords in locally filmed movies
Jackie Chan and passeneger driving a Ford Model A across a railroad bridge in the 1980 movie, "Big Brawl," filmed in San Antonio
Model A Fords during a film shoot on a very chilly San Antonio January morning
Model A Fords during a film shoot on a very chilly San Antonio January day
Color snap of Tom Foster's Model A Ford during "The Devil and Robert Johnson," an NYU student film partially filmed in downtown San Antonio
Jerry Cowan's Ford Model A in "The Devil and Robert Johnson," an NYU student film partially filmed in downtown San Antonio
Rudy Blanco's Ford Model A in "The Devil and Robert Johnson," an NYU student film partially filmed in downtown San Antonio
Ford Model A in "The Devil and Robert Johnson," an NYU student film partially filmed in downtown San Antonio
Garry Henry's Ford Model A in "The Devil and Robert Johnson," an NYU student film partially filmed in downtown San Antonio
Bill Todt's Ford Model A in "The Devil and Robert Johnson," an NYU student film partially filmed in downtown San Antonio