1940 Ford Deluxe Convertible
The clean styling of Ford's 1940 offerings was one factor that
drove sales to more than five hundred thousand units, a jump of
more than fifty percent over the previous year. Part of this
popularity could no doubt had to be attributed to Eugene "Bob"
Gregorie's influence on the stylists who penned this design while
he was chief of Ford's design department, a post that he held from
1935 to 1943. It was a freshening up of a styling concept first
introduced in 1939 by the addition of a new front end design.
Sealed beam headlights were offered for the first time by the
automaker on the 1940 model. Aside from being a major safety
improvement, their design contributed considerably to the new
For consignment a Deluxe Convertible hot rod if you will, but in
tasteful form. The design was so wildly popular among hot rodders,
Ford actually sold the rights to the design in later years so they
could be reproduced in fiberglass. This car is metal, retains its
beautiful bulbous design, running boards, and has a convertible top
put on. The interior is a sight to behold in all its red glory, and
an overall very nice build for sale here at Classic Auto Mall.
Bathed in very nice black 2 stage paint, and adorned with near
perfection chrome bumpers, badging, and brite-work, we have a
rolling work of art. Very little was left unturned on this
restoration, as lines are straight, gaps are really nice, and steel
is straight. The large visored sealed beam headlamp bezels, flank a
horizontal ribbed curved V grille and tall hood center. A nice
chromed spear works its way back on either side along the belt line
of the slightly curved sides. At the curved rear of this car we see
2 V shapes Sargent Stripe like taillights almost getting lost in
the deep field of black paint. Gleaming billet style knockoff
wheels are noted on all 4 corners. A pristine canvas convertible
top with red piping prepares us for a gaze into the interior.
A swing of the door, and we are in red split bench and door panel
custom vinyl heaven. With the bench we can see not a mark on it. A
push of one of the front seat backs reveals another pristine red
bench bringing up the rear. On the dash some liberties were taken
on the original design, but it retains its beautiful design on
black shiny paint, and even shinier chrome horizontal ribbing with
imbedded Classic Instruments white faced gauges. Vintage air hangs
below the restored and beautiful dash and provides super cool air
when the top is up. Thick pile red carpeting mint condition floods
the floors. The trunk too has been finished to red perfection with
a relocated battery in its own plastic case.
A flip of the massive hood, and we are met with an equally massive
383ci V8 in chromed and polished splendor and pumps out 450hp. A
4-barrel feeds plenty of fossils and air to the mill, and it is
backed up by a 700R4 4-speed automatic transmission. Noted an ode
to the interior, red spark plug wires wind their way to each
cylinder of the gleaming power plant.
Very clean and totally restored, no rust here, and front disc
brakes, and rear drum brakes. A like new exhaust system snakes its
way rearward through the structurally sound framework, and very
nice undercarriage of floor pans, toe kicks and rockers...all rust
Take the very popular for the time design, spice it up with 2 stage
black and pepper on some chrome on the exterior, stitch a flaming
red, red interior with black and more chrome accents, and we have a
real winner. And do not forget the convertible and the gleaming
engine in 383ci 4-barrel form, all dressed up and ready to go out,
with a bang!
Classic Auto Mall is a 336,000-square foot classic and special
interest automobile showroom, featuring over 300 vehicles for sale
with showroom space for up to 1,000 vehicles. Also, a 400 vehicle
barn find collection is on display.
This vehicle is located in our showroom in Morgantown,
Pennsylvania, conveniently located just 1-hour west of Philadelphia
on the I-76 Pennsylvania Turnpike. The website is
www.classicautomall.com and our phone number is (888) 227-0914.
Please contact us anytime for more information or to come see the
vehicle in person.