Beginning in 1932, Ford enjoyed a distinct advantage over the competition from Chrysler, GM, and the independents. That advantage had eight cylinders and a price as low as $460 for the roadster model, while the other automakers tried in vain to compete with four- and six-cylinder engines. At first, the Ford V8’s styling wasn’t much different from the Model A that preceded it, but each year Ford’s designers would revise the styling to keep up with the times.
For 1940 Ford’s chief designer, Eugene T. ‘Bob’ Gregorie reached the pinnacle of styling for the brand’s extensive line of V-8 models. Regardless of whether the car was a two-door Convertible, Coupe, Sedan, Station Wagon, or Sedan Delivery, from the sleek vee‑shaped prow to the bottom tip of the rear fender, the V-8 Fords were truly beautiful. The styling drew heavily from Gregorie’s masterful Lincoln Zephyr, giving Ford’s pedestrian lineup a decidedly upmarket boost. Buyers had a wide range of body styles to suit their needs, from sporty roadsters to dedicated commercial vehicles. As much car as it was truck, the Sedan Delivery bridged the gap between the two. The model was based on the 1940 DeLuxe passenger car line and was priced at about $700, depending on the engine selected.
Like the rest of the line, power for the Sedan Delivery came from the either the 60 horsepower, 136cid flathead or the optional 85 horsepower, 221cid, flathead V-8. Both were mated to a three-speed manual transmission and shaft drive to the rear wheels. The chassis consisted of a heavily-braced ladder frame with solid axles front and rear – a sturdy and robust design. A single transverse leaf spring was fitted up front, while a pair of longitudinal semi-elliptical leaf springs handled rear suspension duties.
Attractively finished in black, this 1940 Ford Sedan Delivery is about as elegant as a commercial vehicle is going to get. With so many ’40 Fords being turned into street rods and customs, it’s rare to see a Sedan Delivery that hasn’t been extensively modified or simply driven into the ground as a commercial workhorse. This appealing driver-quality Ford is well-detailed overall with excellent black paintwork, well-restored brightwork, and rolls on red-painted steel wheels fitted with wide white-wall tires, DeLuxe hubcaps, and trim rings.
The cabin is nicely fitted out with a DeLuxe trim interior, wood-grained dashboard, and a wooden cargo floor. Tan mottled vinyl covers the seat, which is in excellent condition, as are the rubber floor mats, door panels, and kick panels. As nice as the interior is, the detailing under the hood might be the best part of this restored Sedan Delivery. Period correct battery, cables, wiring, and clamps just add to the allure of this charming Ford V8.
Appealing to the enthusiast who prefers to get out and drive, this splendid, well-presented 1940 Ford Sedan Delivery is sure to turn heads as well as hearts.
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Stock number 7397
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