Last week’s photo showed the front of a 1940 Ford coupe. Well, sort of. It is actually a customization made from a body shell that Ford sells from its catalog. The completed vehicle was shown at October’s Specialty Equipment Market Association trade show in Las Vegas.
The hot rod contains a modern Ford 5-liter V-8. The roof has been chopped to help with the show car look.
Most readers recognized the grille as that from the 1940 Ford, which was popular new and remains a favorite among customizers. Also, 1940 was Ford’s first year for sealed-beam headlights.
Chosen randomly from the entries was the name of Walker Mobley Jr., of Augusta, who wrote: “The picture in today’s paper is that of a 1940 Ford Deluxe. You can tell by the grille configuration and the hood. (The Standard had a different grille and hood.)
In my teenage years the ultimate was a ’40 Ford coupe with a ‘full house’ flathead, ’39 transmission with Lincoln gears and a two-speed Columbia differential. If you had that car you were king of the hill. (This was before the small-block Chevy engine was available).”
Mobley wins a gift from The Augusta Chronicle. Other readers identifying the vehicle were:
AUGUSTA: Thomas Wall said his uncle had a 1940 Ford sedan.
Jacob Cooter guessed the Ford was the 1939 model, saying: “I owned a ’39 Ford coupe and wrecked it.”
John Hayes said it was the 1940 Ford Super Deluxe: “These were popular cars to customize but the headlights, grille and chrome seem to identify it.”
Also: Sy Winiker, Carolyn Ogles, Bob Hamrin and Lowell Fritsche
CANTON, GA.: David Anderson wrote: “This is a 2012 SEMA show car displayed at the Ford exhibit to show off the possibilities of its new reproduction, complete 1940 Ford coupe all-steel body shell. For practical purposes, this is a brand-new car – not a restoration of an actual 1940 Ford. … This certainly blurs the concept of originality when looking to acquire a 1940 Ford or original Mustang. ‘Is it Live, or is it Memorex?’
“To be sure, this example is an absolutely beautiful car that anyone would be proud to have in his or her collection, as long it has been correctly represented for what it is – a reproduction and homage to the 1940 Ford.”
EVANS: Wayne Wilke said it was a 1940 Ford Custom, “and it probably is a two-door coupe.”
Also: Jerry Paul, Allan Aldridge and Jim Williamson
HEPHZIBAH: Leo Bennett said it was a 1941 Ford DeLuxe Special.
KEYSVILLE, GA.: Glenn Widner identified the 1940 and added: “If it was a V-8, it had a 221-cubic-inch flathead. Some few were equiped with a Mercury engine displacing 239-cubic-inch. I have a 1950 Ford truck with a Mercury flathead.”
James Purkey said he had a 1940 Ford coupe perhaps 20-25 years ago.
JACKSON: Bob Thornton
MARTINEZ: Jeff J. Miller wrote: “The additional side grille openings combined with the wider headlights indicate this to be a 1940 Ford DeLuxe instead of a 1940 Ford Standard line. The ’40 Ford is as ubiquitous with modern-day hot rodders as it was with early-day stock car racers. A true iconic classic for Ford lovers!”
Larry Williams said the 1940 Ford “became the car of choice for moonshiners during the 1940s.”
Jim Muraski wrote: “This week’s car is a 1940 Ford Deluxe. I actually bought one of these (a coupe model), several years ago to street rod, then basically put it on the shelf to pursue other projects and have not gotten back around to it. I can envision it a dark royal blue with yellow flames. Maybe it’s time I dusted that thing off!”
Joe Bert noted that 1940 was the first year for hydraulic brakes in Fords and said he has a 1940 Ford pickup.
NO CITY LISTED: Edna Anderson