- Handsome, correct body-off-the-frame restoration
- Desirable rear jump seats
- Nice fit and finish throughout
- Welcomed at Early Ford V-8 Club Club gatherings
To many, the 1940 models represent the quintessential pre-war Ford. Penned by designer Eugene Gregorie, the styling was very handsome and well-received as production concluded with nearly 600,000 cars finding new buyers. The designations of Standard and DeLuxe now apply to the difference of either a 60- or 85-horsepower engine. It is a timeless design with equipment and options that include the venerable flathead V-8 engine, three-speed column shift transmission, front bumper and grille guards, wide whitewall tires, as well as wheel beauty rings. Universally loved by young and old enthusiasts because of their pleasing aesthetics, the '40s Fords have found themselves in the crosshairs of hot-rodders and customizers alike. Because of this simple fact, it has become more difficult to find an authentic and original example such as this 1940 Standard Opera Coupe.
Offered here is a lovely 1940 Ford Standard Opera Coupe which comes from the noteworthy early Ford and Mercury collection of Mr. Ron Thorne. Unlike a standard two-door Business Coupe, this example is classified as an Opera Coupe as it has jump seats situated in the rear, making it a rare and sought-after early Ford V-8 among enthusiasts. A recipient of a comprehensive body-off-the-frame restoration, this Opera Coupe wears a deep and attractive Mandarin Maroon finish that is nicely complemented by the subtle chrome trim components and blackwall tires that encapsulate chrome "V8" hubcaps. Just as one would expect of a fine example from The Ron Thorne Collection, the fit and finish are spectacular throughout the entirety of the car.
Move inside the cabin, and one will find all the period-correct upholstery, from the tan cloth seats and door panels to the correct rubber floor mats. Mechanically sound and firing on all cylinders, the 60-horsepower flathead V-8 engine and classic three-on-the-tree transmission are ready to take the next caretaker to their desired location. Handsomely presented and correctly restored, this 1940 Ford Standard Opera Coupe will make for a delightful addition to one's garage or collection, and at one of the many Early Ford V-8 club meets held around the country.