KANSAS CITY - It’s not every day one sees an old Model A rolling down the street. In 2012, the vehicle is sure to turn heads where ever it goes and Larry L. Lytch, Sr. experiences this on a regular basis when he’s driving his 1930 Model A down the road.
He can regularly be found washing, detailing and otherwise attending to the vehicle to make sure it stays in pristine shape.
If a neighbor comes by and inquires, he is more than happy to tell them all about it, and will always offer a ride. As it cruises down the street, Lytch takes special care to make sure he is not too rough on the car.
On warm days, he uses the “air conditioning,” tilting the windshield out to get air flow as he drives. With a big smile on his face, it’s clear he is proud of his Ford.
He bought the vehicle in April 1963, a month before he got out of the Navy. He bought the car for $300 from a man who owned two.
Even though the car is almost 82 years old, Lytch says the car has “never failed to start,” it has all the original parts and is a “solid old car.”
Though he’s from Kansas City, most of Lytch’s time spent with the car has been in California. He has entered the car in shows and won numerous trophies as well as participated in car clubs while he lived in the state.
While the recognition for the unique car has been exciting, Lytch says he is most fond of the memories of caravanning with his kids to San Diego.
He also remembers when his father had a similar model, and notes that the Model A has special significance because it is the same model which his father drove during the time he courted Lytch’s mother.
When asked what sparked his interest in the Model A in the first place, he replied, “It’s a Ford. I’m a Ford guy.”
Looking to his other vehicle, an F-150, it is apparent that Ford is in his blood. The Model A, with its distinctive “ay-ooo-gah” horn and rumble seat, demonstrates how it’s “truly a one of a kind” car.