Ford Deluxe Coupe

As one of the most distinctive automotive designs of the prewar era, the entire 1940 Ford model line possesses an enduring style and flair that has made it a favorite among collectors, street rodders and customizers for generations. Designed by E.T. “Bob” Gregorie in collaboration with Edsel Ford, the 1940 Ford models benefited from the smooth, flowing lines of the revolutionary Lincoln-Zephyr.

While the Flathead Ford V8 engine offered plenty of power in the 1930s and 1940s, it was largely abandoned when the new compact, lightweight and powerful overhead-valve V8 engines became available in the 1950s. One popular choice was a conversion to the Buick V8 engine, nicknamed the Nailhead for its unique valve placement. This design, which first appeared in 1953, was a winner right out of the gate, thanks to its durability, high-compression design and responsiveness to a variety of high-performance modifications.

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

Part of the RM Auctions event for the Portola Hotel & Spa and Monterey Conference Center in August, 2009 and for Charlie Thomas in October, 2012.

Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Darin Schnabel

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