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For Sale: 1940 Ford Deluxe
in Charlotte, North Carolina

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RK Motors Charlotte
RK Motors Charlotte
5527 Lakeview Road
Charlotte, NC 28269
704-596-5211
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Description
 
When it comes to vintage Fords, there are plenty of restomods and street rods to be had especially with for a model as popular as the 1940 Ford. Unfortunately, for every original car that gets a Mustang II front clip and a small block Chevy, the appeal that originally drove buyers into showrooms gets relegated to history books. Thankfully, there are still cars like this stunning 1940 Ford Deluxe coupe to remind us just how great these cars are in stock form. Powered by a legendary flathead, backed by a 3-speed, and dressed in black, the car can keep up with modern traffic and turn heads all the way. The coupe is also an AACA star, having received Grand National status and no less than six Preservation Awards. Pair those accolades with two Dearborn Awards and youll start to get a clue just how correct this Deluxe really is. If youre looking for a near-perfect Ford to add to your pre-war collection, they dont get much nicer than this!

With a 73-year-old car, authenticity can be a tricky thing to preserve but this coupe had a great advantage to start with. The restoration centered on an original rust-free body that was stripped to bare metal for a new beginning both inside and out. The panels were gently refined in preparation for a new coat of black paint sprayed by Ricks Body Shop in Gastonia, North Carolina. The modern base/clear offers a deeper luster than enamel could ever touch and, with proper care, means this car can keep its shine for a long time to come. Panel fitment is well within factory spec and, overall, the car makes a strong first impression.

Ford designed some great accents to complement the sweeping lines of the 40 Ford and all those items are present and, in several cases, original or NOS for added authenticity. The front end starts with an original bumper and wingtips that have been re-chromed. Behind them, the classic Ford grille remains in place, framed by a pair of Ford script halogen headlights set in substantial chrome bezels. For safety, turn signals have been hidden in the parking lights and taillights. Deluxe hood trim draws the eye back toward a greenhouse filled with all new glass and rubber throughout, with a windshield maintained by vacuum wipers. The side profile is surprisingly clean with only a simple trim strip flowing across the surface while chrome door handles, dual mirrors, and fresh running board rubber continue the showroom-fresh look. The sloping rear flows toward NOS tail lenses with halogen bulbs that sit above a second re-chrome original bumper. In the center of the deck lid, a nicely aged Ford V8 badge reminds onlookers what the real star of the show is.

Pull the V8 logo on the hood, depress a second latch, and a 221ci Ford flathead V8 comes into view. Despite its original look, the engine is an era-correct 95hp truck block thats been bored .030 over and reassembled with a new cam, a 1953-spec crankshaft, and a high-pressure oil pump. The builder estimates output at approximately 100hp and, for a car that left the plant with 85hp, thats a pretty solid upgrade. The block is dressed in a correct coat of dark green paint and topped with correct cast iron heads, a Holley 91-99 carburetor, and a properly decaled Oil Bath air cleaner. Fuel is supplied by a new stainless tank and sending unit aided by a hidden electric pump while spark is delivered through an NOS distributor and woven plug wires. The Ford battery looks correct but hides Optima cells for modern cranking power. There are a lot of stories of heat issues with these engines, but this one stays cool thanks to rebuilt water pumps turned by a correct brown V-belt. Having seen 1,500 miles since restoration, you can rest assure this show-read flathead is fully sorted too!

One of the great things about cars of this era is how simplistic they are in design. A quick look underneath reveals a plainspoken but effective chassis restored to AACA standards. In the center, a rebuilt 3-speed manual transmission offers full control of the flatheads output while an open banjo-style differential translates that power to the ground. The suspension consists of wrapped transverse leaf springs at all four corners, aided by knee-action shocks and radius rods out back. That straightforward suspension is backed by direct manual steering and hydraulic drum brakes which have been turned and freshened with new liners, correct shims, and rebuilt cylinders. The vintage chassis meets the road through original 16-inch steel wheels dressed with chrome covers and wrapped in 6.00-16 BF Goodrich Silvertown wide white wall tires to cap off the classic look.

Between the doors, a warm and welcoming interior is a pre-war time machine thanks to simple fabrics, tasteful use of wood grain, and handsome art deco details throughout. The work was performed by JJ Auto Upholstery in Gastonia, North Carolina who obviously know their way around a vintage Ford. The centerpiece is a firm bench seat thats been rewrapped but maintains its vintage swagger. Seat belts have also been added for safety. Slide into the drivers side for a better look at the attractive factory dash. The Deluxe models had a little cleaner look and this one offers pristine Bakelite plastic knobs, an AM radio in the center, an NOS headlamp switch, and a clock on the passenger side. Instrumentation is left to stock gauges that transmit information about speed, fuel, temperature, oil pressure, and battery output through a sleek art deco typeface. The speedometer has been calibrated, the radio still pulls signal, and the clock keeps time just like it did in 1940. From the carpet up, all the soft surfaces present as new

Items offered with the sale of the 40 Ford include an original owners manual, a separate manual for the AM radio, and a restoration guide that offers insight into what the car may have gone through. There are also photos of the awards the car has claimed which include:

AACA 1st Junior 2003
AACA 1st Senior 2004
AACA 1st Grand National 2005
Six AACA Preservation Awards
Two Dearborn Awards (982/1000 and 989/1000 points awarded, respectively)

Thanks to the careful restoration, this car is an absolute pleasure to look at and even more so to drive on a nice weekend. The flathead provides ample power, the three-speed shifts as it should, and the comfortable Ford cabin will have you second-guessing if you ever want to go back to a modern car. Factor in its award-winning past and you have a Ford truly worth celebrating. If youre ready to hit the show fields in a proven Ford coupe, dont miss the chance to add this 40 Deluxe to your stable today!

STOCK/INV. NUMBER: 134402
Pricing Information
 
Asking Price
$84,900
Vehicle Location


Country
United States
 
City, State
Charlotte, NC
Zip
28269
Vehicle Basics

Odometer Reading
41801

Year
1940

VIN
185325

Exterior Details

Vehicle Color(s)
Black

Interior Details

Color(s)
Tan

 
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