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Ford Deluxe V8 Convertible '40

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Reference CH3319
Make Ford
Model Deluxe V8 Convertible '40
Type cabrio
Construction year 1940
KM 37388
Cilinder displacement 3622
Gears manual
Steering left hand drive

The Ford line of cars was updated in 1937 with one major change — the introduction of an entry-level 136 CID (2.2 L) V8 in addition to the popular 221 CID (3.6 L) flathead V8. The model was a refresh of its predecessor, the Model 48 (itself based on the Model 40A), and was the company's main product. It was redesigned more thoroughly in 1941. At the start of production, it cost $850. 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 the 1939. 1940 was the last year of the 1937 design and its smaller V8 engine, with a straight-6 to be reintroduced the following year. Sealed-beam headlights were one of the few major advances for 1940, though a hydraulic top was new on the convertible.

Specifications

  • Wheelbase cm (in) : 269 (106)
  • Mechanics
  • Displacement : V8 3622 cc (221 cid), front-mounted
  • Valve gear : 16
  • Fuel system : 1 2-barrel carburettor
  • Driven wheels : rear-wheel drive
  • Maximum power : 85 bhp
  • Maximum speed : 120 km/h (79 mph)
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