1930 Model A

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E.G.Budd Phaeton 35-B Development

Shown here are a series of photos from the Budd Company archives showing the initial development of the 1930 Model A Phaeton, body style 35-B. These photos were taken on July 8, 1929 in Budd's Philadelphia body plant.

Budd was expert at developing all-metal bodies and subassemblies which did not rely on wood structure, and which could be shipped to assembly plants efficiently by rail.

Left and right side quarter panel and door subassemblies shown above.

Curtain pan, back panel, and various floor cross sills.

Refer to the links below for the development of the 1930 Roadster body style 40-B cowl and front doors which were shared with the Phaeton.

The Edward G. Budd company was based in Philadelphia, PA, and was an industry leader in the design and construction of all-steel auto bodies. Unlike Ford, GM, and others, Budd did not have access to vast reserves of timber for wood framed bodies, and so developed their expertise in sheet metal stamping and structural panel sub-assemblies capable of being efficiently nested and shipped by rail to Ford plants for final assembly. These modular panel constructed bodies used minimal wood content, primarily for top and trim.

In addition, Budd was a large supplier of completely assembled all-steel bodies to Chrysler Corporation in the 1920s and 1930s.


More Budd related information on Ford Garage:

  1. Model A & AA US Body Style Numbers & Body Builders Chart  
  2. Model A 1928 Budd Roadster 40-A Development
  3. Model A 1928-29 Budd Cab 82-A
  4. Model A 1929 Budd Deluxe Delivery 130-A
  5. Model A 1930 Budd Roadster 40-B Development
  6. Model A 1930 Budd Prototype Slant Windshield Tudor Sedan 55-B
  7. Model A 1931 Budd Cab 82-B

August 2015