Model A History

Our Famous Model A

Henry Ford introduced the Model A to the public in 1927. It was introduced to the Arnolfo family in 1930 when John Arnolfo Sr. purchased a Model A Town Sedan in San Francisco. Unknown to John Sr., the pick-up truck would play a significant role in Arnolfo family history.

  • In 1937, John’s mother and father went on their first date in this car.
  • In 1940 the car was wrecked during a trip to the San Joaquin Valley Wine Country to visit family members.
  • Fixed and modified into a pick-up truck by John Sr.’s brother-in-law, Mike Manassero.
  • Used in the Arnolfo brothers’ grocery store in San Francisco until the start of World War II in 1941.
  • Brought back to Lodi, California in the San Joaquin Valley and used as a farm vehicle until the early 1950s.
  • Last driven in the mid 1950s by cousin Mickie Manassero and his friend Dan Parisi as a “jalopy” during their high school days.
  • For more than 45 years, the vehicle sat in an old barn in Lodi, Calif. until it was picked up by John Arnolfo, Jr. in the summer of 2002.
  • Restoration began in September 2002.

Now restored to a Model A Town Sedan Pick-Up, you can see the eye-catching truck in front of the Silver Grill on occasion, or John riding around town in his pride and joy.  

Pictured with the car is John's cousin, Leonard (1940).
Pictured with the car is John’s cousin, Leonard (1940).
After years in a barn in California, the remodeling process began in 2002.
After years in a barn in California, the remodeling process began in 2002.
Now remodeled, you can see the Model A in parades and parked in front of Silver Grill in the summer.
Now remodeled, you can see the Model A in parades and parked in front of Silver Grill in the summer.