1940, 2 owner, original Ford Deluxe V8

Middletown, CT 06457
United States

1940 Ford Deluxe
Good / Fair
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Exterior Color
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Category  Classic Cars

1940 Ford Deluxe V8 sedan 2 owner car that has always been in southeast CT. Gladys was the first owner, purchased the car brand new in 1940 and drove it up into the late fifties, early sixties from what I can glean from the glovebox paperwork. At that point, she purchased a new car and the 40 Deluxe got parked in the garage. Some 35 years later it was found in her garage and the current owner, Herb, bought the car. He brought the car back to his garage and cleaned her up, got her running .....
again and now after 40 years of ownership, feels it's time to part ways, as he's getting a bit older and feels it's time to thin the fleet a little. This nearly all original car (it has had some paint work done) runs the original 221 85HP flat head V8 and three speed manual transmission. This car was purchased with New England weather in mind when Gladys checked off the fog light and heater options. It had to have some style too, so she ordered the bumper wings, rear wheel spats, grill guard, vinyl and mohair seat covers and the radio (which still sort of works, it's definitely serviceable). The car is also equipped with electric wipers. The car runs flawlessly. Flip the switch to on, pull the choke a hair, hit the starter button and the car fires right up and runs smooth. The car has been maintained well over the last 40 years of ownership by Herb, but not doing anything to alter it's originality. It does have a newer exhaust on it and has had a recent tune up and brake work done. She drives straight and easily accelerates up to 50 mph and can cruise along at 60 without any issue. The hydraulic drum brakes bring her to a stop with ease. The odometer reads 24,212 miles and based on the overall condition of the interior and body panels, that is very probably accurate... it still has the leather rear spring covers! The body and frame do show some corrosion but no rot. A lot of folks love this patina, all original look and that proved true a few years ago when it took first in it's class at a local car show. There are a lot of these out there that have been hot rodded and customized but you very rarely see an all original piece of automotive history like this one. Super solid and ready to hop in and enjoy. Asking price is $20,000 Any questions, for many more photos and video, to schedule a time to see her, or to make an offer, please don't hesitate to contact me. Thanks for the interest.
AutoArcheologist David Brill
Auto Archeology

Finding Lost Automotive Souls

It must have started when I was a kid, at 4 years old, lying in a hospital bed, watching my roommate build model cars. I HAD to have a model car too, so my Dad went out and bought me a plastic model of a 1964 MB 230 SL that we built together before I was released; so began my love affair of all things automotive, fast cars, bright colors, loud engines.

My attentions have since "matured" to the subtle lines of a classic Jaguar, the growl of a Ferrari V12, the distinct aroma emanating from the original leather interior of a recently unearthed Cunningham, or cool fall air rushing through our hair as we drive Amelia, our 76 MGB roadster. Not that I don't appreciate the fast cars and loud engines anymore; my palette has simply expanded. To me, an automobile is not merely a mode of transport to bring one from point A to B, but an experience of all the senses.

We have all seen them; some may even have them right now in their own yard: what appears to be the carcass of an old car, wasting away in the side yard, under a tarp, in a barn... These automotive lost souls are what I have set out to save if at all possible. The souls of these relics are the stories that are attached to them through years of ownership, maybe by one person/family or possibly a dozen or more. In some cases, our friend may be too far gone to bring back to road-worthiness, however, many times that is not the case. Once matched up with the next conservator, the motorcar gains a new lease on life as additional memories are instilled upon it.

That is why we do it... What is it that we do?

Archeology is the study of man's past by studying the remains of his culture. Each automobile sitting in someone's yard, barn, garage or under a tarp is a way to dig into the past of the car, it's previous owners, by studying the the stories attached to it... looking into it's soul.

As I travel the back-roads and byways of Connecticut and New England I see many of these aforementioned "artifacts". What I have set out to do is document in photos and text the stories attached to many of these vehicles. If at all possible, to save them from disintegrating into iron oxide dust and put them into the hands of those who will enjoy adding chapters to the story, whether they chose to use the car as a donor so that another may live, or bring the car back and put it back into service. Sometimes, those cars haven't fallen into disrepair and the owners simply want or need to move the car. We're there to assist in putting those cars into the hands of the next conservator.

If you are interested in any of the cars for sale on my web site, please don't hesitate to contact me.

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