Sports & Classics of Monterey

12-14 August 2010


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Lot 153

1940 Ford Deluxe Convertible Coupe

  • Chassis no. 185278965

Sold for $56,100

Model 01A. 85 bhp, 221 cu. in. L-head V8 engine, three-speed sliding gear manual transmission, solid front axle with transverse leaf spring, ¾-floating rear axle with transverse leaf spring, and Lockheed four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 112"

- Offered from a noted California private collection

- Formerly owned by Reggie Jackson

- Enduring styling with mechanical sophistication

The 1940 Fords introduced several new features and one of the most distinctive designs of the prewar era with style and flair that has made the 1940 Ford an enduring favorite of legions of collectors, street rodders and customizers for generations.

Handsome, modern and comfortable, it is not surprising that collectors have enthusiastically sought the 1940 Ford Convertible Coupe. In stock form, its performance is satisfying and up to the challenge of today’s highway speeds, its weather protection is reliable and its style has stood the test of time.

This 1940 Ford Deluxe Convertible Coupe is offered from a California-based private collection, wherein it has received climate-controlled storage. Prior to acquisition by the current owner, the car was part of the highly respected private automobile collection of none other than “Mr. October,” baseball legend Reggie Jackson.

When new, a Ford dealer in Russell, Kansas purchased it for his daughter, and after a few years, she sold the car to the only mechanic at her father’s dealership. Throughout its life, the Ford has been properly stored, and when it was restored, it was found to be an excellent, straight and rust-free example. The frame-off restoration was professionally conducted, with no expense spared. During the process, an NOS V8 engine block and components were fitted, all the brightwork was refinished, the paint was prepped and polished to concours-level standards, and the interior was fitted with correct LeBaron-Bonney dark red leather upholstery.

Acquired by the current owner in the summer of 2006, this wonderfully restored example is a watershed Ford V8 model with an interesting history and past celebrity ownership. As offered, it is a handsome and enjoyable open classic with enduring collector appeal and great driving dynamics.

Please contact our exclusive automotive transportation partner, Reliable Carriers, for a shipping quote or any other information on the transport of this vehicle.

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