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Lot 71
1940 Ford Deluxe Convertible
OFFERED WITHOUT RESERVE

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Selling on Wednesday

From the Ron Thorne Collection

CHASSIS NO: 185444036

• Comprehensive body-off restoration
• First year for column shift transmission and power convertible top
• Final year for Ford’s teardrop styling


221 cid V-8 engine, 85 HP, three-speed manual transmission, front independent suspension with live rear axles, four-wheel drum brakes, rear-wheel drive; Wheelbase: 112”


The 1940 Convertible model was exclusively built at the Lincoln Motor plant and was designed to carry five passengers within the cabin, since rumble seats were no longer an option. 1940 brought in an array of new features that proved to add to the driving experience, as well as sales figures. The two main new introductions were the vacuum-operated power convertible top and the gear shifter being moved from the floor to the steering column.

While in the Ron Thorne Collection, this Ford Deluxe Convertible was the subject of a comprehensive body-off restoration. The Convertible was brought back to its original appearance being painted in shiny black and fitted with a new black convertible top with bright red piping. 1940 was the last year for the teardrop style hood with graceful, streamlined pontoon fenders and the first-year for sealed beam headlights. Protecting the grille, an extended chrome grille guard with red Ford script lettering has been attached to the front bumper. The chrome body side moldings run the length of the car and end at the newly designed taillights and matching extended bumper guard with red Ford script lettering at the rear. The car sits on steel wheels with trim rings and chrome Deluxe logo hubcaps.

Complementing the exterior quite nicely is the genuine red leather upholstery that can been seen throughout the cabin. Being a Deluxe model, it is equipped with a beautiful dash consisting of a Monarda Maroon upper section and Copper Sand Metallic lower section that houses all the correct gauges. The raked V windshield and Ford Script safety glass roll down windows are surrounded by Briarwood Brown faux wood paneling that help tie in the overall look and feel. Ford used the 1940 model to introduce its new “Finger-Tip” gear shifter to the public, which moved the gear shifter from the floor to the steering column. Other options within the interior include a Deluxe script steering wheel, radio with antenna, glove box clock, and folding front seats for access to the rear bench seat.

The 85 horsepower V-8 engine, with its large single twin-throat carburetor, has not only been meticulously restored back to its original appearance with many period correct parts and stickers, it has also been fully sorted and is in wonderful driving condition. Flathead Fords make for wonderful cars due to their simplicity and ease of maintenance, and this wonderfully restored Deluxe convertible is sure to bring its next caretaker many miles of memorable motoring.

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