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For Sale: 1940 Chevrolet Special Deluxe in Charlotte, North Carolina

Vehicle Description

When it comes to polished customs, the collector car world has plenty of nice classics - especially late thirties and early forties offerings. But for every Henry Ford design that's gifted billet wheels and dipped in contemporary paint, the spice and variety that made this era the first golden age of performance drifts one page further in to history. Thankfully, there are still cars like this sweet '40 Chevy that remind us just how vibrant every aspect of wrenching culture was at the twilight of hot rodding. Powered by a massaged 350, backed by a reliable Turbo-Hydramatic 350 3-speed and dressed in brilliant Torch Red paint, this stunning coupe epitomizes timeless American elegance. And if you're looking for a show-worthy cruiser that puts a new shine on old school ambition, they simply don't get nicer!


Carefully restored by a dedicated enthusiast who ran his own garage, this retro Chevy is a super cool classic that looks, drives and feels exactly how a timeless hot rod should. The car's all-steel profile was stripped bare, supplemented with a bit of fresh metal and sealed in glossy Chevrolet Torch Red two-stage. And today, this sweet custom looks right at home pounding pavement at the local Goodguys meet!

Speaking of street rod shows, it's very easy to look out over a sea of brightly colored, over-the-top creations and think: 'Was Ford the only manufacturer of pre-war American classics?' But then, seemingly out of nowhere, a well-done Chevrolet rolls through and quells any doubts about the segment's apparent lack of variety. This well-done coupe kicks off with a full bumper that spikes polished guards in front of a polished grille, ornate Chevrolet branding, and streamlined and stainless-trimmed lighting. Behind those lights, a louvered hood points a factory topper opposite polished wipers, a polished spotlight and a smoked and stainless-trimmed greenhouse. That glass tilts muted visors above polished muscle car mirrors and traditional door handles, which float between wrapped running boards and polished trim spears. And behind those boards, polished trunk hinges pop a factory deck over small taillights, a polished fuel cap and a second full bumper that's spiked with more polished guards.


Under the hood you'll find 350 cubic inches of reliable Chevrolet small block that puts the "Oh!" in show and go! Revs are created when a polished Chevrolet air cleaner, secured by polished cymbal nut, floats wind into a coated Edelbrock 4-barrel, secured to a polished Edelbrock intake. At the perimeter of that plane, polished Chevrolet valve covers hang a polished Moroso breather over a stout COMP cam and smooth roller rockers. A hot HEI distributor shoots spark through loomed Taylor plug wires. Billet Summit serpentine components spin an aluminum water pump between a polished alternator and a polished AC compressor. Exhaust floats through wrapped block hugger headers. An aluminum Northern radiator plays well with a small pusher fan and a big Cooling Components puller fan. And first rate details include a polished oil pan, a polished brake booster and a billet power steering reservoir.


Toss this Chevy on a lift and you'll find solid floorpans that frame a sturdy factory chassis that's been thoughtfully upgraded where needed. Behind the smooth small block, a proven Turbo-Hydramatic 350 3-speed twists power to a dressed 10-bolt axle. That drivetrain pushes a traditional, leaf spring rear-clip behind a Mustang II-style front-clip. Turns come courtesy of modern power rack-and-pinion steering. Power-assisted stops come courtesy of two discs and two drums. Behind the aforementioned headers, throaty turbo mufflers roar through polished bowtie tips. And torque transitions to pavement through timeless Cragar S/S, which spin 205/60R15 Cooper CS3 Tourings in front of 235/60R15 Cooper Cobra Radial G/Ts.


Pop the doors and you'll find a stylish custom cockpit that, despite its modern comfort, fits right in to this Deluxe's delightfully retro theme. Plush leather buckets are paired with 3-point shoulder belts and smooth power adjustment for the car's driver. A tasteful, stainless-trimmed dash hangs clean AutoMeter telemetry above Vintage Air conditioning and an MP3-capable Pioneer CD player that's wired to crisp Pioneer speakers. At the base of that dash, rich carpet floats a custom console between polish window frames, a modern mirror and custom side panels that are dotted with billet handles. The driver spins a polished and wood-rimmed Grant wheel around a polished and tilting column. Passengers stow essentials in a custom-upholstered trunk. And everything stays safe thanks to power door locks and a modern alarm system.

Both stylish and alluring, this retro custom is a bellwether of hot rod skill. Virtually every piece of this old school Chevy fulfills a vision that's equal parts purpose and pedigree. Why not step up to something different? Grab this classy coupe and start turning heads!


Cool Chevy hot rod that's benefitted from a detailed, ground-up restoration

350 cubic inch Chevrolet V8

Turbo-Hydramatic 350 3-speed automatic transmission

GM 10-bolt rear axle

Modern air conditioning

Power rack-and-pinion steering

Power front disc and rear drum brakes

Mustang II-style front suspension

Custom leather interior with power door locks and an alarm system

Modern audio system

All-steel body with Chevrolet Torch Red paint

15-inch Cragar S/S wheels

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Vehicle Details

  • 1940 Chevrolet Special Deluxe
  • Listing ID: CC-1526273
  • Price: $49,900
  • Location:Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Year:1940
  • Make:Chevrolet
  • Model:Special Deluxe
  • Exterior Color:Red
  • Interior Color:Tan
  • Transmission:Automatic
  • Odometer:965
  • Stock Number:137097
  • VIN:K2338
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