"The Crown of Beauty Belongs to Chevrolet with New Royal Clipper
Styling. Chevrolet's First again! Eye it . . . Try it . . . Buy
it!". Almost makes me want to rush to the showroom and buy it,
which indeed many actually did. Along came hot rodding and one of
their favorite cars to wrench on is the Special Deluxe.
With this consignment wrenching is an understatement. More like a
total transformation and now we give you a fully custom rod version
of the 1940 Chevy Special Deluxe. It is as fresh as a new copper
penny and runs like a Swiss watch. With shaved bumpers and a custom
white interior, how can you go wrong?
Finished in Copper Metallic, this 1940 Chevy Master Deluxe shines
from head to toe. Painted over brite work adds a taste of
modernization while retaining the original classic line, (see the
grille and modern side view mirrors). Clean metal painted black
running boards span between modestly shaped fenders, which over
time later models will do away with. Just a few dings out of the
paint, and a small area of flake off on the driver's rear quarter
and some gaps chip-offs are noted on this point. The curved trunk
lid has been shaved of all the badging, giving it a slick aero
look. The rear bumper has also been deleted and a 3-inch chrome
tipped dual exhaust can be seen peeking out below. 15 inch polished
5-spoke wheels are all around.
White small vertical tuck and roll ribbed vinyl which now have
toggles for the large windows and a shiny handle for the actuator
are covering the interior of the door panels. On top of the panel
is a wide swath of smooth vinyl for the sills. Slipping inside we
find ourselves on 2 tuck and roll stitched white vinyl bomber style
low back buckets in front and a similar panel but with no seat for
the rear. The front buckets are power actuated and have fold down
armrests. The original dash has been removed and now we see a more
modern styled black padded vinyl topped straight dash with a wood
applique dash front. This houses a series of round black face
gauges with shiny bezels and a central chromed plaque engraved with
a script styled Chevrolet badge. Hanging directly below this badge
is an aftermarket digital AM/FM/CD player complete with Bluetooth
capabilities. A pull-out convenient cup holder is below this radio,
and all this hovers above a pristine black carpet. All vertical
surfaces and headliner are covered in smooth white vinyl, which is
A 350ci V8 very clean and spit shined with smatterings of chromed
covers and heat shields is shoehorned into a clean black and
mirrored engine bay. Atop is an Edelbrock intake 4-barrel
carburetor. A 700R4 transmission which is a 4-speed automatic is
attached. A 10-bolt rear is on back.
A nicely done frame and undercarriage which has been sandblasted
then given a coat of black paint. No rust, just slight patina black
metal solid surfaces, and like new running boards with rust free
body hangers. Independent coil springs for the front suspension and
leaf springs for the back are seen along with power disc brakes now
on front and power drums for the rear. Stainless steel mufflers are
Upon the fire up we were met with a nice throaty sound. Popping it
into gear is effortless and we were off to the test track. This car
has good acceleration, a nice ride, good brakes, and superior
handling. All functions were working well during our test
Overall a very nice rodded bowtie Special Deluxe, now even more
special and more deluxe than ever. Plenty of work to modernize the
looks and the mechanical innards, and you can have a turn-key
showstopper whether it be up main street or at an actual show. See
a shiny penny...pick it up...right here at Classic Auto Mall.
Classic Auto Mall is a 336,000-square foot classic and special
interest automobile showroom, featuring over 600 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.
1940 Chevrolet Deluxe
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