The 1940 Ford Coupe will join Ford’s group of officially licensed steel reproduction car bodies. It’s available for ordering now, from Dennis Carpenter Ford Restoration Parts.
The ’40 Coupe found its home in American culture after World War II. Veterans came home, bought the flathead V8-equipped Ford and started adding performance parts. The car made its way into movies, pop culture and music.
Like other Ford licensed reproductions, the new Ford Coupe comes just as a shell, either with its doors and hood attached or without them should the customer desire. The shell is constructed of high-strength steel and is assembled using modern welding techniques. The shell also comes fully rust proofed from the factory and is ready to be assembled as a custom hot rod or as a faithful tribute to the original.
The shell is available with a stock firewall that accommodates the original flathead V-8. However, for those looking to use a modern power-train, it can alternatively be ordered with a recessed firewall that will allow much larger engines to be installed.
Ford says hobbyists looking to build a ’40 Coupe are only limited by their imagination and budget.
The story of how the 1940 Ford Coupe reproduction came to be is an interesting one. Dennis Carpenter, the man behind Dennis Carpenter Ford Restoration Parts, originally was having trouble locating a good used set of dash knobs for a 1940 Ford Coupe he was restoring–and still owns–so he approached Ford and obtained permission to reproduce the knobs using original factory blueprints and designs. This was more than 40 years ago, and since then he’s expanded the number of parts licensed by Ford, including this entire shell.
Ford will display one of these custom bodies at the 2012 SEMA Show in Los Vegas this October/November. The completed custom will wear a copper colour with a 5.0-litre V8 and a four-speed transmission. The front suspension is sourced from a Mustang II. The show car has also been chopped, lowering the roof for a sleeker look.