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For Sale: 1940 Ford Convertible in Charlotte, North Carolina


Vehicle Description

Despite being best-known for their classic good looks and pure American swagger, early '40s Fords were the hot rod of choice for many a young gearhead who had a thirst for power and a need for speed. Today, spectacular Blue Oval resto-mods are much more common than their decades-built stature would lead you to believe. That means, to really turn heads, enthusiasts need unique cars that are exceptionally well-done. A fitting example would be this suave drop-top. Mixing a stout, dual-quad ZZ4 small block with substantial suspension upgrades and a comfortable custom interior, this all-steel Ford is a heck of a lot more fun than a restored-to-original car. And if you're looking for a great combination of timeless style and modern performance, it's a choice classic that simply can't be beat!


An all-steel asphalt champ that's benefitted from a detailed, ground-up restoration, this fabulous Forty is a supremely handsome street rod that's slick enough to create a one-car parade wherever it goes. The car's solid, well-aligned profile reflects deep black base that's sealed in mirror-like clear. And today, a close look at our high-resolution photos reveals a handsome payoff in the form of one slick Ford custom!

There really isn't much you can do to make an early '40s Ford more attractive. The car's streamlined styling was a homerun when originally introduced, and today, it's a stunning example of some of the strongest elements of the highly regarded Art Deco movement. At the front of this cherry custom, a louvered hood flows into a Handsome De Luxe grille that's guarded by a smoothed and tucked bumper. At the sides of that grille, sculpted fenders center chrome-trimmed headlights on glossy running boards. Above those boards, a stainless-trimmed profile floats shaved doors behind a delicate driver's mirror. At the top of that profile, monochromatic cloth caps a chopped and smoked greenhouse. And at the back of the car, a second smoothed and tucked bumper founds a shaved decklid between bright Blue Dot Taillights.


Flatheads are fun, but small blocks are better! Engineered by the experts at Chevrolet Performance, this classic's 350 cubic inch ZZ4 twists a stout 355 horsepower into 405 lb./ft. of gravel-churning torque - and that's before you even factor the engine's dual-quad induction! At the top of the bright red mill, Corvette-style air cleaners funnel breeze into coated Edelbrock 4-barrels and a fully polished intake. That intake, complete with a polished filler tube, swirls oxygenated fuel into hot aluminum heads, which get ignited by a stainless-trimmed distributor and quality Taylor wires. Resultant gases are jettisoned through a slick set of coated block hugger headers, which dodge a fully polished starter. Cooling comes courtesy of a big Walker radiator, which hangs a quick spinning puller fan between corrugated tubes and a polished expansion tank. The cam keeps spinning thanks to billet pulleys, which lap a polished water pump between a coated AC compressor and a polished Tuff Stuff alternator. The compliments keep flowing thanks to a highly detailed, well-executed engine bay that's garnished with braided hoses, louvered fenders and an engine-turned closeout panel. And everything, from the car's polished hinges and trick dipsticks to its billet hood latch and Corvette-themed valve covers , is set up to be as impressive as it is enjoyable!


Park this Ford on a lift and you'll find a super clean undercarriage that's nice enough to show and tough enough to go. The choice motor twists a predictable 700R4 4-speed automatic, which spins a bright red driveshaft that's married to a bright red axle. That vivid pumpkin rides between parallel leafs and polished Carrera HYPER shocks, both of which integrate nicely into a sturdy Fat Man Fabrications frame. At the other end of that frame, a familiar Mustang II front-half centers modern rack-and-pinion between tubular control arms and modern coil-over-shocks. Quick stops are a cinch thanks to a familiar combination of disc and drums. Aluminized exhaust pipes spent gases through crisp IMCO mufflers. And at the corners, polished 5-spokes spin 195/60R14 BF Goodrich Radial T/As in front of 235/70R15 BF Goodrich Radial T/As.


Peer through the car's tinted windows and you'll find a custom leather interior that's cool, clean and comfortable. Front and center, a broad split-bench seat follows a stainless-trimmed dash that's wraps clean Classic Instruments telemetry in a classy, engine-turned instrument panel. A polished spoon accelerator pedal joins a stainless-trimmed brake pedal to shade clean carpet, which floats a polished e-brake and a short shifter between custom side panels. The tunes keep bumping thanks to a hidden Custom Autosound CD player and a quartet of Memphis Audio speakers. The driver spins a trick Pete and Jakes steering wheel around a big Classic Instruments tach. And the passengers store parcels in either a custom-upholstered cargo hold or a custom-upholstered trunk.

Sure, there are a lot of '40s Fords on the market. But how many have been refined to this level of drivability and appeal? Mixing a great build with impressive power, custom upholstery and stylish aesthetics, this cool convertible is the kind of car that inspires smiles and turns heads! If you're looking for a super nice cruiser that's twice as much fun and twice as reliable as an all-original roller, you're looking at your next classic!


All-steel Ford drop-top that's benefitted from a detailed, ground-up restoration

Chopped convertible top

350 cubic inch Chevrolet Performance ZZ4 V8 with dual-quad induction

GM 700R4 4-speed automatic transmission

Ford 9in rear axle

Modern air conditioning

Full Fat Man Fabrications chassis

Mustang II front suspension

Rack-and-pinion steering

Front disc and rear drum brakes

Custom leather interior with modern audio

Cloth convertible top

15-inch alloy wheels

All RK Motors vehicles receive a comprehensive, multi-point inspection

We can ship your new classic anywhere in the world

Vehicle Details

  • 1940 Ford Convertible
  • Listing ID:CC-1435196
  • Price:$79,900
  • Location:Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Year:1940
  • Make:Ford
  • Model:Convertible
  • Exterior Color:Black
  • Interior Color:Red
  • Transmission:Automatic
  • Odometer:608
  • Stock Number:136666
  • VIN:NCS101997