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The Model A was the first Ford to use the standard set of driver controls with conventional clutch and brake pedals, throttle, and gearshift.Previous Fords used controls that had become uncommon to drivers of other makes.
Henry's disdain for cosmetic vanity as applied to automobiles led him to leave the Model A's styling to a team led by his son Edsel, even though he would take credit for it despite his son doing more of the work.
It was during the period from the mid-1920s to early 1930s that the limits of the first generation of mass production, epitomized by the Model T production system's rigidity, became apparent. The Model A was well represented in media of the era since it was one of the most common cars.
This served as the basis for the FAI and BA-20 armored cars which saw use as Soviet scout vehicles in the early stages of World War II.
In addition to the United States, Ford made the Model A in plants in Argentina, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Japan and the United Kingdom.
The car required minimal service, including a flat tire and transmission work in Nicaragua, and is now housed in the Henry Ford Museum.