Como Blue: 1940 Ford DeLuxe Convertible Coupe – Sold?
October 22nd Update: We just confirmed the Craigslist ad for this car expired and with no replacement listing found, we’re assuming this car sold. This one may have got away, but if you have your heart set on something similar, email us the details of what you’re looking for or call Rudy directly at (908)295-7330
September 20th Update – Preparing for our latest Topless Thursday features we came across a fresh Craigslist ad for this 1940 Ford convertible we first featured on August 20th. Both the content and the asking price remain the same.
The 1940 Ford is a classic design that hot rodders and dirt track racers alike loved to modify back in the day. Consequently, it’s very refreshing to come across a stunning restored-to-stock example such as this stunning Como Blue over butterscotch example first list in August 2020 on Craigslist in Sanbornville, New Hampshire where the seller has it listed for $44,500 or best offer. Comparing this asking price against the current Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool reveals the private seller has their DeLuxe priced between the #2 “Excellent” appraisal of $51,000 and the #3 “Good” estimate of $33,500.
The 1937-1940 generation of Fords is one of the most popular automobiles for hot rodding. Early stock car and dirt track racing drivers also used Fords of this generation. A high flat-topped hood dominated the front look of the 1940 model, as the grille spread out to reach the fenders to differentiate the Deluxe line and the headlights were pushed wider still. The standard Ford inherited the grille of the 1939 model with blackout on each side of a heavy chrome center; heavier headlight surrounds serve as another major differentiator from 1939. 1940 was the last year of the 1937 design and its smaller flathead V8 engine. Sealed-beam headlights were one of the few major advances for 1940, while a hydraulic top was new on the convertible.
This ten-minute video from the National Archives collection provides a neat overview of the 1940 Fords:
The private seller’s description relies more on emotion than providing facts about what we believe to be a nicely restored example in a great color combination. Consequently, you’ll need to call Bill and interview him in more detail to understand the history of his Ford. Recent events remind us that life is short, so why waste valuable time sourcing and restoring a similar car when you can start enjoying this example this summer. Good luck with the purchase!
Here’s the seller’s description:
“The 1940 design was so good that in the eyes of enthusiasts these Fords have become some of the most desired cars ever built. The Ford DeLuxe was produced from 1937 through 1940. The styling was influenced by Edsel Ford and borrowed many cues from the Lincoln Zephyr. One of the more noticeable Zephyr influences was the oval headlights that were incorporated into the front fenders. Other front-end features were V-shaped grille and vertical bars. The 221 cubic-inch eight-cylinder engine was carefully hidden under the sweeping bonnet. The 85 horsepower that was produced was sent to the rear wheels through a three-speed manual transmission. The four-wheel hydraulic brakes brought the vehicle to a stop
This one is no different. Beautiful lines, great paint, and a convertible to boot! Those hot summer days are going to make you glad you purchased such a sought after piece of Americana. “
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