1940 Ford Coupe
A high flat-topped hood dominated the front look of the 1940 model,
as the grille spread out to reach the fenders to differentiate the
Deluxe line and the headlights were pushed wider still. The
standard Ford inherited the grille of the 1939 model with blackout
on each side of a heavy chrome center; heavier headlight surrounds
serve as another major differentiator from the 1939. 1940 was the
last year of the 1937 design and its smaller V8 engine, with a
straight six engine to be reintroduced the following year.
Sealed-beam headlights were one of the few major advances for 1940,
while a hydraulic top was new on the convertible.
For consignment, a "worked" 1940 Ford coupe. By "worked" I mean a
later model engine with more power, gobs of interior upgrades,
updated brakes, and snappy red paint job sans nearly all the
chrome. The exterior retains its original lines and iconic design
cherished by street rodders everywhere.
Bathed in beautifullipstick red, this steel slab sided Ford coupe
has most of its original trimmings but has been shaved of or had
its brightwork painted in body matching red and is looking just
fab, a homologation of new and old. With only minor flaws in the
paint and an overall good fit and finish this coupe sports a
carryover grille with red painted bezel headlights flanking on
either side and floating below a beaked and louvered hood. Rounded
lines with bulbous fenders with a decently sized fiberglass running
board connect the front fenders to the rears. A rounded trunk, a
central passenger compartment which utilizes almost square doors
and flush mount tail lights added to the rear roll pan complete the
package. On all 4 corners are 15-inch polished 5 spoke wheels with
staggered size black wall rubber all the way around.
The original Art Deco inspired dash has been upgraded for the
driver with a brushed aluminum panel that holds the speedometer as
well as other gauges courtesy of VDO and an AM/FM/CD player neatly
installed just below the dash. The original knobs and pulls have
been replaced with billet pieces and heat/AC vents are installed
both under and on top of the red full metal jacket dash. A newer
tilt steering column has a thick padded rim 3 spoke steering wheel
perched atop. The door panels sport a snazzy pinholed broadcloth
covering with a horizontal stitching pattern of stitching along
with a white vinyl swoop spear running through the middle as well
as the chrome door actuator and added speaker down low near a thin
strip of red carpet. Newer model red broadcloth covered bucket
seats white white vinylbolsters provide relief for your posterior
with both seats having pump bulbs for bolster control. All business
for the back as there is no rear seat, just more red broadcloth
which continues down to cover the floors. A B&M hammer shifter
grows from the center console that also holds the power window,
power seat and rear defogger switches. Plush deep pile red carpet
floods the floors and a tight red felted headliner hangs above.
Lifting the hinged hood, we see an updated engine bay which houses
a 350ci Chevrolet V8 engine topped with dual Edelbrock 4bbl
carburetors which sit proudly atop of an aluminum intake manifold.
On the back is a TH350 3-speed automatic transmission. A Ford 9"
rear axle rounds out the drivetrain and puts the power to the
A fully rust free environment greets us with this rodder up in the
air. A body matching red painted frame provides the backbone for
the galvanized sheet metal flooring and the red suspension and
drivetrain look just fine. The suspension being a Mustang II front
end style with power disc brakes on the front and a 4 link with
coil overs and power disc brakes bringing up the rear. Headers feed
spent fossils to the rear of the car via snaking pipes and
glasspack style mufflers.
She fired right up and handled the test track with ease. The newer
drivetrain, modern suspension, and upgraded braking make for a
great cruiser and bruiser. Steering was smooth, braking was
adequate, and the experience left me with a smile on my face.
While keeping most of its original charm, we see a well presenting
car with much of its original exterior styling retained. A newer
more stout drivetrain which is all reliable Chevrolet power and a
snazzy interior with upgrades and conveniences make this rod eye
candy that will put you at the top of the show.
Classic Auto Mall is a 336,000-square foot classic and special
interest automobile showroom, featuring over 850 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.