The Ford Model A, introduced in late October, 1927 as a 1928 model, was such a radical departure from the Model T that Ford closed its factory for almost six months to re-tool the new model. The Model A featured a refined four cylinder engine with a 200.6 cu.in. displacement and rated at 40 hp. The engine was now fitted with a conventional distributor ignition system, a water pump and a state of the art updraft carburetor and was coupled to a sliding gear three speed transmission. Safety features included a mechanical four-wheel internal expanding brake system and new shatterproof window glass.