Lot 192

Hershey 2012

1940 Chevrolet Special DeLuxe Convertible Coupe


$46,750 USD | Sold

United States | Hershey, Pennsylvania



Chassis No.
Body No.
F 6512

Series KA. 85 bhp. 216.5 cu. in. OHV inline six-cylinder engine, three-speed manual transmission, coil spring independent front suspension and live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 113 in.

• High quality restoration

• Fully optioned

• New radial whitewall tires

Although Chevrolet took the sales lead from Ford in 1931, seldom relinquishing it thereafter, Ford continued to out-produce its rival with open cars for the rest of the decade. Roadsters and phaetons, produced in tiny numbers, disappeared from the Chevy catalogue after 1935, and the ensuing cabriolets, with roll-up side windows, never sold more than a few thousand a year. For 1939, there were no open cars at all.

All that changed for 1940. In the top-of-the-line Special DeLuxe series was a convertible coupe, attractively priced at $898. The public responded, and Chevrolet sold nearly 12,000 of them. Chevrolets for 1940 featured new styling called “Royal Clipper,” with a front-opening “alligator” hood and a delicate grille and trim. Sealed beam headlamps called for separate parking lights that were gently placed atop the front fenders. There were now three series, the Master 85, the Master DeLuxe, and the Special DeLuxe. The top-line Special DeLuxe featured a stainless steel exterior trim and an upgraded interior with a DeLuxe steering wheel, a dashboard clock, and arm rests in the doors.

This 1940 Chevrolet Special DeLuxe Convertible Coupe has all those features and more. Heavily optioned, it is equipped with rear fender skirts, bumper guards and bumper end tips, a grille guard, fog lights, wheel trim rings, a spotlight mirror, a radio, an electric clock, and Chevrolet’s renowned vacuum-assisted shift. The jewel in the crown is the rare factory accessory Spinner steering wheel. A recent restoration, this car has just been serviced and fitted with new radial whitewall tires. Ready for the road, it will be welcome on the show field, on tour, or simply out on the road for family outings.