The 1940 Ford was a classic, one of the most iconic designs of legendary stylist Eugene Gregorie. Ford produced 599,175 of them back then.
But maybe those totals will have to be updated now?
Ford has announced the ’40 Ford Coupe is going on sale again.
At the Specialty Equipment Market Association trade show here, Ford is displaying the “all new” 1940 Ford, including a custom version built using the new reproduction body.
The copper-colored show car is equipped with a new 5.0-liter V8 engine, four-speed automatic transmission and Mustang II front suspension. The roof has also been chopped for a lean, low, hot rod stance.
The full body shell, which costs $11,900 plus shipping, is available through Dennis Carpenter Ford Restoration Parts [http://www.dennis-carpenter.com], a licensed retailer of classic Ford parts and supplies. Carpenter’s also offers various body panels, including a selection of firewalls tailored to fit assorted engine sizes.
“When you see a beautifully restored 1940 Ford, it is like a piece of jewelry,” Carpenter said in press materials. “People just really love the lines of that car. It is timeless and appeals to all ages.”
The ’40 Ford is just the latest in a growing lineup of classic Fords that are being re-created – in whole, and in part – for modern-day enthusiasts. Bodies have previously been made available from various retailers and customizers for 1965-70 Mustangs, 1932 coupes and roadsters, and first-generation Broncos, from the mid-1960s. The ’40 Coupe bodies have been improved with high-strength steel, modern welding techniques, and factory rust-proofing.
“Like its older 1932 Deuce Coupe and younger Mustang siblings, the 1940 Ford is a body style and design that represents Ford at its best,” Dennis Mondrach, Ford Restoration Parts licensing manager, said. “The 1940 Ford Coupe has always been highly sought after and collectible. Unfortunately, good, solid restorable examples have become hard to find and expensive, so this faithful reproduction is bound to prove popular.”
October 30, 2012