1940 Ford Deluxe

Excerpt from the Foreword section of the original owner’s manual… “The fact that you are the owner of a new Ford car is, in itself, an indication that you have a keen appreciation of a well-designed, carefully manufactured automobile. It has been designed to perform faithfully for many thousands of miles, and Ford Motor Company has the utmost confidence that this car will fulfill your expectations.” I think this wraps it up nicely!

For consignment this beautiful iconic design Ford Deluxe. Good condition all around with some minor faults but retaining all its original charm and styling. Presenting very nicely, and a great driver, I can attest to this from firsthand experience.


Fire engine red paint covers this all-steel car with gaps that are good. A few faults to note, mainly paint loss under the fuel filler and some bubbling, cracks and crazing but still very presentable. The chrome is very good, from the guarded front bumper, swept back grille and teardrop headlight bezels to the stainless side spears, inverted sergeant stripe taillights and also guarded rear bumper. All badging is present and accounted for and looks just fab. Wheel covers are chrome dished style over red painted steel wheels and display with FORD DELUXE.


Clean tan cloth abounds on the interior. Cloth door panels present with horizontal stitching along with bakelite bezels for the chrome door handle and window crank. A red metal dash with tan highlighting in art Nouveau style, houses the instruments, some chrome trim, and mirror where a clock did once reside. This is fronted by an original contrasting black steering wheel. Similar maroon bakelite knobs can be seen throughout the dash and attached to the column. Noted is a radio delete plate atop the dash in shiny chrome. Clean tan carpeting floods the floors and above is a tight slightly soiled tan broadcloth headliner.


Under the long bulbous hood is a patina riddled 221ci Flathead V8. It has a 2-barrel carburetor atop and the requisite oil bath air cleaner assembly. A 3-speed manual transmission is on back and sends power to a 3.78 geared rear axle.


Surface rust abounds underneath with the exception of the black painted floors and running boards. Meanwhile, sections of the frame and integral X-frame are showing invasive rust. Transverse leaf spring suspension along with drum brakes are seen both front and back. A single stock style exhaust system is on to complete our tour down under.


As I swung the door to the passenger’s side, my partner in crash testing and test driving took the wheel, and we had a great convo about these old Fords. She ran like a top after a spritz of starting fluid, had good power, bias free braking on the panic stopping, and overall was a pleasure to drive.

Flaws and faults aside, this is a completely drivable car that still has the looks necessary to draw all the ooohhs and ahhhs from passersby. Nouveau styling, tasteful chrome, and a clean interior all work together to make for one deluxe Deluxe. Currently residing in our Hallowed South mallway and ready to fulfill your expectations!



18-221ci V8

5857945-Sequential Unit Number

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