Super clean, well sorted, and covered in beautiful black cherry
paint, this 1940 Ford coupe is a fantastic rod that you can drive
cross-country with confidence and show with pride just about
anywhere you go. 1940 Fords are still special cars and this one
combines everything you'd want if you built it yourself.
That's 100% Henry Ford steel, and it has been given a full makeover without erasing one bit of its original detail. The bodywork is quite well done, with nice fit and finish, tight gaps, and a glassy-smooth paint job that speaks for itself. When you build a car this nice, you don't need flames or wild graphics, they eye is simply drawn to the original details that simply pop off the surface. They've highlighted the Ford Deluxe script on the hood in red and the taillights have blue dots in them, but for the most part everything was simply restored rather than being reinvented. From the iconic V-shaped grille and teardrop headlights to the Ford badge on the trunk, the body and trim are OEM with no modifications and it includes rare accessories like a grille guard and bumper ends. Who can argue with a car that looks this amazing?
The interior was remade in burgundy velour that uses a luxurious diamond-tufted pattern. At first glance, it might seem a little too baroque, but then you start to notice the nicely done details like matching door panels and a beautifully fitted headliner must have taken weeks to complete. Custom-fitted carpets fit well and include neatly bound floor mats that are built for driving. The billet dash insert features a set of elegant VDO gauges, as well as secondary controls for the Vintage Air A/C system and AM/FM/cassette stereo system. A tilt steering column wears a 3-spoke steering wheel wrapped in black leather, and there's even a CB radio tucked in under the dash. In the mold of all great rods, the trunk area has also been upholstered to match, with custom panels hiding the battery and other unsightly details and this rod includes a spare tire, so you know it was built to drive.
Great rods also need to be reliable as well as visually stunning under the hood, so this one uses a fully dressed 350 cubic inch Chevy V8 topped by a 4-barrel carburetor underneath an air cleaner that looks like it was borrowed from a jet aircraft. There's enough chrome and polished aluminum in here to outfit a fleet of '58 Buicks, but it's a functional look with everything easy to access and right there within easy reach. A big radiator and A/C condenser are cooled by a powerful electric fan, and all the plumbing has been wrapped in braided stainless for an industrial-strength race look. Underneath there's a TH400 3-speed automatic transmission feeding a sturdy Ford 8-inch rear end with acceleration-friendly 3.73 gears. Up front, a Mustang II independent suspension, power rack-and-pinion steering, and disc brakes add a modern feel, while quiet mufflers make it easy to travel vast distances without wearing you out. It rides on a set of staggered polished aluminum wheels wearing 185/70/14 front and 215/70/15 rear Michelin radials.
Go price professionally built '40 Fords, then take a good, long look at this one. But don't wait too long, because this is exactly the kind of car that tends to find a new home almost instantly. Call today!
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