PRICED TO MOVE STEEL '40 VERT, RUNS & DRIVES LIKE A DREAM, 239 FLATHEAD, 12-VOLT
The 1940 Ford is an icon, and if you're going to own one, the convertible coupe is the very top of the food chain in terms of desirability. Very usable with spirited V8 power, this pretty blue ragtop has an appealing period look with a few modern updates to make it a fantastic cruiser that's also surprisingly affordable for a genuine 1940 Ford convertible.
The medium blue paint on this Ford gives it a sunny disposition, and while the work was done some years ago, the car still has that head-turning look we all love. This is a Deluxe model, which uses a bit more chrome and the 1940 Ford nose that's become one of the most famous of all time. The paint isn't show-quality anymore, but 20 years ago when it was completed it must have been absolutely stunning. During the intervening years, it's been well maintained but never traveled on a trailer, so it has a few signs of use, all of which are so minor that they're tough to spot without a close inspection. Doors fit well and the pointed hood, which can be a challenge to install properly on these cars, secures easily and follows the fender line properly. You'll also note that the 1940 Fords still had full-sized running boards, which add a classic touch. Chrome and stainless brightwork remains in great shape and this car carries lots of accessories, including a grille guard, bumper ends, fog lamps, and spotlights on the windshield posts. Pretty flashy!
The brown interior is pretty close to what you would have received in your new 1940 Ford, with spacious bench seats fore and aft and door panels trimmed to match. In Ford's usual style, the front seat gets rubber floor mats for durability while the back seat gets carpets, presumably because those riding in back would appreciate the luxury. The skinny steering wheel is in good condition and while the gold trim isn't totally factory, it's a nice complement to the two-tone dashboard. The factory gauges are neatly arrayed in a polished panel, although they're no longer functional due to the 12-volt conversion. The center stack that originally housed the AM radio and speaker, which have both given way to an AM/FM/cassette stereo head unit up high, and the wipers are now electrically operated, both features made possible by that 12-volt upgrade. The tan canvas top is in excellent condition and the trunk is big enough for a week's worth of luggage for the whole family.
That's a familiar 239 cubic inch flathead V8 under the hood, and in 1940 it was making an over-achieving 85 horsepower. It's nicely detailed with reproduction hoses, olive green engine enamel, and shiny acorn nuts on the heads, and runs as smoothly as a flathead should thanks to a rebuild about 2000 miles ago. The modern alternator gives away the electrical upgrades, but the rest is pretty stock, from the oil bath air cleaner and 2-barrel carburetor to the twin water pumps at the front of the engine. The ignition system is a Mallory system just for flatheads and vintage headers feed a purring dual exhaust system that give the flathead just the right tone. The brake system was fully rebuilt with new lines, master cylinder, and wheel cylinders and wide whitewall radials have been installed on the original wheels to give it better handling without ruining the vintage look.
If you've dreamed of owning a 1940 Ford convertible, this is one of the more affordable ones on the market today, and it's got smart upgrades that make it a pleasure to drive. Call today!
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- Flathead V8
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- Light Blue
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- 29,024 (Unknown)
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- Center Console