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Lot 676
1940 Ford Sedan Delivery


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CHASSIS NO: 5428318

• Lovely deep black paint and excellent chrome and trim
• Accurately restored, interior looks as new
• Careful long-term ownership for the past 26 years

221 cid flathead V-8 engine, 85 HP, three-speed column shifter, four-wheel drum brakes, independent coil-spring front suspension, rear semi-elliptic leaf springs with live axle; wheelbase: 112”

For the 1940 model year, Ford’s new Model 01A and 022A debuted with handsome styling courtesy of the company’s brilliant Chief Designer, Eugene T. “Bob” Gregorie. The signature of the new Ford lineup was its V-shaped grille with horizontal bars and pronounced forward hood that was no doubt inspired by the Lincoln Zephyr of 1936. Now firmly in the modern streamlined age, headlights were fully integrated into the fenders and placed in the outboard position.

Mechanically, the new Ford was a natural evolution of earlier models, with the venerable “flathead” V-8 pushing 85 horsepower, a specification fitted to the majority of cars sold – including this fine example - though this would be the final year the smaller V8-60 would be available for buyers. As before, Ford offered the public a wide variety of two and four-door models, convertibles and even a wood-bodied station wagon. They would continue to accommodate commercial buyers as well, offering the Sedan Delivery in both standard and deluxe trim. Today, the Sedan Delivery is one of the rarest of all Ford Deluxe body styles of the era.

This 1940 Deluxe Sedan Delivery is an attractive example of the stylish and exceptionally rare pre-war Fords, wearing a lovely paint finish in gloss black. Thankfully, this cherished example was kept for over two decades by a collector who loved the era and kept a dozen or so Fords and Mercurys in the family garage. Along the way, it was treated to a sympathetic restoration, and it remains in very factory-correct condition today. The black paint finish is very strong, with excellent bodywork and factory-appropriate panel fitment all around. Chrome bumpers, wheel trim rings and other brightwork such as the headlight surounds and grille are all in very good condition. Steel wheels wear the correct hubcaps, trim rings, and wide whitewall tires. Along with the body, the interior was beautifully restored, and it presents in excellent condition, with high-quality grained leatherette upholstery presented as original on the seats and door panels. It also features matching upholstered side panels in the rear and an ample cargo area with a wooden floor behind the folding front seats. This being a commercial car, the equipment is limited, but it does include the correct Deluxe-trim steering wheel, switches, window winders and gauges. Everything is well-presented and fits with the honest and accurate presentation of the car, and it’s no wonder - the long-term caretaker had quite a few pre-war Fords and Mercurys. After his passing, his children realized that he had put only 45 miles on this car in 26 years.

Underhood presentation is excellent with the 85-horsepower flathead V-8 appearing lightly used with all the correct branded radiator hoses, clamps, and hardware and the proper dark green paint on the block and heads. Overall, this handsome Ford Delivery remains in tidy and attractive condition, ready for use as a head-turning promotional vehicle or simply for enjoyment at your local cruise night. The Sedan Delivery may have been intended as a humble commercial vehicle, but thanks to the efforts and unique vision of both Edsel Ford and his Chief Designer Bob Gregorie, the Sedan Delivery is every bit as beautiful as its passenger car stablemates. A rare vehicle from the pre-WWII era and appreciated by collectors for their versatility and dependability, this one is ready to go on any tour or cruise you might choose.

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