These museum visitors get an A-plus


Story by museum Assistant Director Michele Barber 
The La Porte County Historical Society Museum was proud to welcome the A’s-R-Us Model A classic car club from Crete, Ill., on April 30, 2021. The As-R-Us club is a family-friendly organization in existence for over 20 years. They are an official chapter of the Model A Ford Club of America. The club sponsors meetings, events, and road trips for members and their families, and promotes preservation of the Model A Ford.
The A’s-R-Us members arrived at the museum in 10 beautifully restored Model A’s. The Ford Model A was the second biggest success for the Ford Motor Company after the Model T. The first Model A was sold in December of 1927 to Dr. Phenning, a physician from Chicago. Today, that auto is owned by William Clay Ford, Jr., former CEO and great-grandson of Ford.
The first Model A’s were designated as 1928 models and were available in four standard colors. By February 1929, 1 million Model A’s had been sold and by July 1929, 2 million had been sold. By March 1930, 3 million Model A’s were sold in nine body styles. Production of the Model A ceased in March 1932, after 4.8 million had been made in all body styles.
The Model A body styles included a standard and deluxe coupe, business coupe, sport coupe, standard and deluxe roadster coupe, convertible cabriolet, convertible sedan, standard and deluxe phaeton, standard and deluxe Tudor sedan, town car, Fordor (five-window standard, three-window deluxe), Victoria, town sedan, station wagon, taxicab, truck, and commercial. The very rare special coupe started production around March 1928 and ended in mid-1929.
The museum is now open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. All visitors are required to wear a face mask over the nose and mouth throughout the entire length of their visit. Reservations are required to use the Fern Eddy Schultz Research Library to allow for social distancing. The museum is located at 2405 Indiana Ave. in La Porte. Please contact the museum with any questions by calling 219-324-6767 or emailing

2 Responses to “These museum visitors get an A-plus”

  1. May

    May 10. 2021

    So many people in LaPorte have not taken advantage of our fabulous museum! Please visit if you haven’t yet it’s a true gem.

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  2. lawman

    May 10. 2021

    sadly these old cars are losing their popularity. the folks that once prized them are passing on. You can pick up some very nice ones at the various auctions for 10-15k. great to see someone still appreciates them. our museum is truly a gem.

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