Lot 161

1940 Ford DeLuxe Convertible

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$45,100 USD | Sold

United States | Hershey, Pennsylvania

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Identification No.
185654175
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Canadian Registration
  • Highly desirable DeLuxe Convertible model
  • Benefits from a comprehensive frame-off restoration
  • Powered by the iconic Flathead V-8 engine
  • Three-speed transmission with Columbia overdrive
  • Features period-style performance upgrades

Ford introduced several new features for the 1940 model year, plus a distinctive body design that many consider to be the pinnacle of the company’s styling of the pre-war era. Technically, one of the most significant changes was relocating the gearshift lever from the floor to the steering column, a modern feature that was not only more convenient for the driver, but also increased front-seat legroom for passengers.

Ford further introduced sealed-beam headlights in 1940, finally eliminating the persistent problem of moisture degrading the reflectivity of headlights, which had relied on separate bulbs. The sealed beams sat at the front of the fenders in oval chrome housings that also incorporated the parking lights, merging earlier Fords' covered-headlight treatment with the improved efficiency and durability of the sealed-beam bulbs.

For these reasons and more, the 1940 models are among the most coveted pre-war Fords, with the DeLuxe Convertible being the most desirable body style. This handsome DeLuxe Convertible has been lovingly restored to a high standard with numerous upgrades to improve performance and reliability. The iconic Ford Flathead V-8 engine is fitted with period-style hot rod components that include Offenhauser heads, Fenton cast iron headers, and a tri-two-barrel Offenhauser intake manifold topped with three classic Stromberg 97 carburetors.

A large-capacity radiator keeps things cool, and dual exhaust pipes allow the engine to breathe. Additionally, the electrical system has been converted to a more reliable 12-volt system, allowing the car to be fitted with an alternator and Maxtel LED headlights. A three-speed manual transmission with a Columbia overdrive makes this classic Ford a pleasure to operate at modern freeway speeds. Big-and-little wide white wall tires enhance the car’s lowered height and slight rake, giving it a more aggressive stance.

Beautifully restored with period performance upgrades, this 1940 Ford’s drivability had been significantly enhanced while retaining its original character, achieving the perfect mix of classic car charm and modern roadworthiness.