A WORKHORSE: Bessie with a full load.
A WORKHORSE: Bessie with a full load. Contributed

Bessie, the Model A Ford, a real workhorse

THERE she stood, rusty and abandoned out in the scrub where she had broken down, an old Model A Ford.

No body or seats and what bits of panels there were covered in rust.

Maryborough’s Reg Miles, formerly of Rubyvale in the Gemfields region, remembers towing her back to a mine site in 1973, thinking her bits might be handy. A couple of hours work and Reg and his mates had her running.

“We had a box for a seat, and she was the best workhorse we ever had,” Reg said.

“She went over hills and through mud where modern cars got stuck, loaded up with logs for the winter fires. She just kept on chugging until she got home.

“Hope she ended up as someone’s pride and joy, because we swapped her for a set of sapphire scales to a chap who loved restoring old cars.

“Wherever you are Bessie, we still think of you.”

  • The Ford Model A was produced on October 20, 1927. By February 1929, one million had been sold, by July, two million. Production ended in March, 1932.

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