Ford Custom Convertible Coupe
An unqualified design masterpiece of the immediate prewar era, as well as a lasting tribute to the inspired genius of E.T. “Bob” Gregorie and Edsel Ford, the 1940 Ford model line successfully incorporated the revolutionary styling influence of the original Lincoln-Zephyr. Handsome, modern, comfortable and powerful, the 1940 Ford possessed a rare visual perfection that belied its relatively humble beginnings as a low-priced, high-volume automobile for the masses. With its many attributes, it is easy to see why these automobiles continue to be enthusiastically sought-after by collectors and customizers alike today.
Unlike the multitude of fiberglass-bodied clones available today, this car features an all-steel, original 1940 Ford body, down to the running boards. The flawless and expertly prepared bodywork includes many subtle custom touches that complement the beautiful original bodylines, including shaved door handles, mildly “frenched” taillights, removed bumpers and dual exhaust outlets within the rear valance panel, among other features. A beautiful show-quality silver R-M Diamont paint finish, the same coating system specified by Bentley for its production cars, is combined with expert fit and finish by Nor-Cal Auto of Campbell, California. A beautiful convertible top and a set of unique polished billet aluminum wheels, shod in B.F. Goodrich high-performance tires, complete the exterior. Inside, the beautifully stitched, heavy-grain leather upholstery includes a custom floor console and was expertly fitted by the renowned firm of Ron Mangus Custom Hot Rod Interiors, while a Flaming River tilt steering column, air conditioning, Classic Instruments and a remotely controlled Panasonic sound system round out the interior appointments.
Mechanically, power is provided by a highly polished and detailed 4.6-liter Ford Mustang Cobra engine with dual overhead camshafts and fuel injection, backed by a high-tech Ford 4R70W five-speed automatic overdrive transmission and a stout 9-inch Ford rear end assembly. Underneath, the Ford is fitted with a full Air Ride Technologies suspension, including a four-link arrangement at the rear, while braking is handled by a set of 11-inch disc brakes front and rear.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in August 2009 at the Portola Hotel & Spa and Monterey Conference Center, Monterey, California.
350 bhp, 4.6-liter Ford Cobra V8 engine with dual overhead camshafts and electronic fuel injection, Ford 4R70W five-speed automatic overdrive transmission, independent front suspension with Air Ride, four-link Air Ride rear suspension, and four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes. Wheelbase: 112"
Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Copyright Darin Schnabel