In terms of deliveries, Baltich said the truck will only be used on special occasions, like birthday gifts, so those hoping to order a cool six-pack as they would a pizza are in for a disappointment.
Inside Leary’s, Baltich showed old photos of the business, including one dating back to the horse-and-carriage era. Another photo shows a fleet of Model T trucks that replaced the horses. The Model T’s were eventually exchanged for Model A’s, according to Baltich.
Asked whether the antique automobile has been a hit with patrons, Baltich said people can’t seem to get enough. Indeed, patrons inside the store last week were drawn to the sharp car as they entered and exited the building. One customer, when hearing about the truck, stopped browsing the store’s selection of red wines and darted outside to get a closer, apparently having missed seeing it on her way in.
Baltich said the truck will remain next to the store until the first snowfall, when it will be placed in storage until springtime. Apparently, salt used to treat Newburyport roads in the winter doesn’t mix well with the Model A, he said.