1940 Ford Deluxe Convertible CoupeSOLD

RM Auction - Vintage Motor Cars at Amelia Island - March 10, 2007

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ESTIMATE: $65,000 - $85,000

$60,500 Sold

Specifications:
Model 01A. 85hp, 221 cu. in. L-head V8 engine, three-speed manual transmission, live axle suspension with transverse leaf springs and four- wheel hydraulically-actuated drum brakes. Wheelbase: 112"

The 1940 Fords introduced several new features and one of the most distinctive designs of the prewar era with style and flair that has made the 1940 Ford a favorite of collectors, street rodders and customizers for generations. Technically, one of the significant changes was moving the gearshift 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 also introduced sealed beam headlights in 1940, finally eliminating the persistent problem of moisture degrading the reflectivity of headlights, which 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.

The single element vee grille of 1939 was broadened for better cooling with separate grille elements located on each side of the center grille, a sharp and distinctive visual identification feature. Inside the 1940 Fords the wood-grained dashboards that Ford had used for years were replaced by a modern dashboard in maroon and beige plastic that employed rectangular forms for the instrument panel and the radio and large speaker, which were now a common feature. Bob Gregorie ’ s two-spoke steering wheel, which had earned high praise and acceptance in the 1939 Mercury, now found its way into the Ford, rendered in maroon and beige plastic to blend with the new dashboard design.

The 1940 Ford Deluxe Convertible Coupe offered here is a beautiful example finished in burgundy with burgundy interior and a tan top. It is in excellent visual condition, having recently been subjected to a complete restoration, which included a repaint, the installation of a new interior and top.

Handsome, modern and comfortable, it is not surprising that the 1940 Ford Convertible Coupe has been enthusiastically sought by collectors. Its performance is satisfying and up to the challenge of today ’ s highway speeds, its weather protection is reliable, and its style has stood the test of time.

Reference Number 7314

as of 2/20/2007

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