NICELY RESTORED STEEL BODY 40 FORD, L98 FUEL INJECTED MOTOR, SEERING RED PAINT
1940 Fords have to be in the top five of all-time great hot rods. Cars like this bright red Deluxe coupe never remain in our inventory for very long, and the combination of a great-looking steel body, sweet-running small block V8, and a spacious, luxurious interior suitable for cross-country trips make this a great choice for the guy who likes to drive.
The body is steel, augmented with fiberglass fenders, but the look is 100% 1940 Ford. Few cars in 1940 were wearing bright red paint, but there's no denying that this flashy Ford looks right with that single-stage urethane on its curvaceous bodywork. Fit and finish are quite good, particularly on a rod that was built a few years ago, and even that pointed hood (which is always tough to make look right) sits flush with the fenders. It's been subtly shaved, with the most notable deletions being the bumpers, and the car takes on an all-new look with that sleek, pointed prow carving through the wind. The remaining brightwork is in excellent condition, including the fine-mesh grille, stainless side moldings, and the gorgeous 'Ford Deluxe' script on either side of the hood. It's also nice to see steel running boards wrapped in rubber treads, which are not only functional but add some much-needed contrast to the body, giving this '40 the "right" look.
Looking as if it was inspired by the 1958 Impala's Tri-Tone upholstery, this cool coupe uses Lexus power bucket seats and some very skillfully stitched leather to create a very high-quality driver's compartment. With a very fresh look and styling that's quite appropriate in this high-visibility Ford, you'd have no problems convincing your friends that it's a high-end luxury car if they didn't see the exterior. Custom door panels match the seats and add a sporty look and features like A/C, power windows, power seats, and a tilt steering column are included. The business coupe never had a back seat, so there's plenty of room for two with a custom-made storage area that includes a pair of speakers for the AM/FM/CD/iPod stereo system that's neatly kept out of sight. A wood-rimmed steering wheel and long Lokar shifter add some period appeal and the original instrument panel has been stuffed with Dakota Digital gauges for a very cool effect. The fully upholstered trunk looks great and uses gas struts to hold it open and a Cadillac pull-down to close it up, giving this car a very polished, OEM vibe throughout.
Chevy's 350 cubic inch L98 Tuned-Port Injection V8 is perhaps the ultimate street rod engine. Smooth, torquey, and with an unbeaten reliability record, it just works the way you expect it to. Drenched in chrome, this particular engine is based around a ZZ3 crate motor from GM topped by factory fuel injection for easy running and great road manners. Everything that could be chromed was, and there's a lot of polished aluminum to go with it. Serpentine belt-driven accessories tuck in tight to the block and a custom exhaust system sounds appropriately hot-rod for a bright red Ford. The transmission is a TH350 3-speed automatic feeding a 9-inch Ford rear from a Mercury Cyclone. Heidt's supplied the independent front suspension, which also includes disc brakes, while the rear is on traditional leaf springs. Polished Torque Thrust wheels look familiar and carry beefy BFG radials.
If you can't tell, we like this car a lot. It's a really impressive build that gets all the details right, making it a Ford that'll go anywhere and still show well. Call today!
- Engine Type
- Engine Size
- 350 TPI
- Transmission Type
- 3 Speed Automatic
- Body Color
- Body Style
- 1,114 (Unknown)
- Interior Color
- Seating Type
- Shifter Type
- Center Console