Onalaska man gives up prized 1931 Ford A Coupe

Onalaska man gives up prized 1931 Ford A Coupe

ONALASKA, Wisc. (WKBT) - David Beckman had fallen in love with his 1931 Ford A Coupe when he was age 8. 

After watching a family friend start it in a church parking lot, the car was all he could think about. 

In 1969, Beckman had purchased that same car from an auction. 

"When I first made the bid, I heard murmurs from the croud saying 'oh this guy paid too much'," explained Beckman. 

Beckman had purchased the coupe for $875, and drove it back to his home in Chicago. 

Fifty years later, most parts of the coupe including the engine and transmission are still the same as they were during the great depression.

What is not the same however, will be the owner. 

After contracting a lung disease, Pulmonary fibrosis, Beckman decided it was time to give the car up. 

"It ws time to downsize, I figured it would be better if I did it and not to burdern my four children with that.  Plus probably woulnd't do it right anyway,"  laughed Beckman. 

Beckman will most miss giving people rides. 

"I love how they react to a ride."

The vehicle will be up for auction on May 3rd by SG Auction. 

More than the price, Beckman hopes the vehicle will be in the hands of someone who appreciates the vehicle, and will take care of it.  


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