Ford Model T’s and Model As were ubiquitous, reliable, strong and inexpensive. Any number of companies conceived specific applications for Fords to adapt them to specialized applications, but the "Snow Bird" is certainly one of the strangest. The concept was originated by Virgil White of West Ossipee, New Hampshire. Later taken on by B.P. Arps' and Adolf Langenfeld's Farm Specialty Manufacturing in Wisconsin, a Model A-based Snow Bird built by Arps was part of Admiral Byrd's 1931 Antarctic expedition. This 1929 Ford Model A Tudor Sedan with its Arps Snow Bird conversion was original used by the New York Guard, later by a rural mail carrier and most recently owned by John Moir, whose collection included vehicles from manufacturers spanning the alphabet from A to Z. Moir prized this Snow Bird, because "It was an elegant solution to a problem that does not bother us anymore," the challenge of getting around on unplowed roads covered in hard-packed snow. Finished in Manila Brown accented in Black, Yellow wire wheels with Taupe cloth upholstery; it drives through caterpillar style treads encompassing the rear tire and two leaf spurn auxiliary bogies on each side. The front wheels have long skis mounted just an inch or so off the ground inside the front wheels. In addition to the Snow Bird package this Model A also has an exhaust manifold heater missing only its sheet metal shrouding. An older restoration, it has been mechanically refurbished and freshly detailed cosmetically. It is an understatement to say that it will be the center of attention wherever it appears. Driving on the tracks is not recommended: the metal cleats will chew up asphalt or turf. On the other hand, coming out of the barn on a cold, crisp, snowy winter's day and setting off down a snowmobile trail it will do nothing less than stop traffic dead with amazement.
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