Wolfgang Kuhmann & Kuno Gross, Germany and Switzerland

We have obtained this vehicle in late Summer 2012 from the United States. It was shipped over to Europe / Germany … which took quite some time.
Now we apply the “Desert Modifications” to get a car similar to the one Ladislaus almasy was using for his 1933 expeditions in the desert of Egypt.

Ford Model A Open Cab Pickup (L. Almasy 1933)

After Dunlop made available the huge 9.00 × 13 tyres the Ford A became a really capable vehicle for desert travelling. Almasy used (rented) Ford A's during his 1933 expeditions with Frobenius and Penderell.

Historical Photographs
Frobenius Institut online Image Data Base

The historical photos above – and many more- can be found in the online data-base of the Forbenius Institute. Have a look and check out their activities!

The "reborn" Vehicle

The original vehicle – a Ford Model A Open Cab Pick Up (1930)

The same vehicle modified to the “Almasy Setup” of 1933.

The Engine
Vehicle Details
Desert Equipment
  • Number Plate: The number plate Cairo 12278 was the one Almasy used on his car for these expeditions.
  • 2 sand ladders
  • 1 shovel
  • Oil containers
  • Fuel containers (“Flimsy”)
  • Camping equipment
  • Camera
  • Binocculars

[More photos will follow soon…]

Technical Data (Original Car)

  • Engine: 4 cylinders, 3,3 liters, 40 horse power (30 kW)
  • Transmission: 3 speeds forward, 1 reverse
  • Clutch: Single plate dry disc
  • Oiling system: Engine lubricated by gear pump, splash and gravity feed.
  • Fuel tank: 11 gallons
  • Fuel consumption: 8-9 liters / 100 km (on the road)
  • Tyres: 4,75 – 19
  • Wheel base: 103 1/2 inches (2'629 mm)
  • Length: 169 inches (4'191 mm)
  • Width: 67 inches (1'702 mm)
  • Turning circle: 34'
  • Road clearance: 9 inches
  • Weight: (ca) 1'200 kilogramm
  • Speed: (ca) 85 km/h

Technical Data (Modifications)

  • Tires: 9.00 – 13 Balloon Tyres
  • Spare Wheels: 2 spare wheels mounted in the front. 1 on each side.
  • Body: No modifications. Except the removal of the doors and the engine hood.
  • Cooling Fluid Condensator: A 1 gallon cooling fluid condensator is installed in the engine compartment. another one on the running board left hand side.
  • Additional tank: An additional tank is mounted underneath the leading bay (at the location of the original spare wheel). It is not known if it contained water or fuel – presumably water.