1940 Chevrolet Special Deluxe Sedan - SOLD
     
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We don’t know who did the restoration, but they clearly spent quite a bit more than the asking price to get it this nice.

Beautiful older restoration. Attractive colors, nicely finished interior, great-running Stovebolt Six. Solid and clean underneath, nice original floors, recently serviced and ready to go. An affordable old Chevy that’s not a project!

We don’t know who did the restoration, but they clearly spent quite a bit more than the asking price to get it this nice. Living down south most of its life certainly helped, with straight bodywork and a classic, clean look that is ideal for a Chevrolet—not too flashy but not frumpy, either. It was originally code 271, called “Battleship Gray,” and the modern finish adds plenty of depth that still looks period perfect on the rounded bodywork. GM’s styling in the ‘40s was familiar and still looks right today, with headlight pods that were molded into the front fenders for the first time and minimal trim to distract from the overall shape. Fit and finish are quite good, suggesting good money was spent on the restoration, and while there are a few minor touch-ups here and there, it remains very appealing. There’s good chrome and stainless trim, particularly the grille which is excellent. Running boards also made their last appearance in 1940, with these showing quite well thanks to correct reproduction mats.

Handsome tan mohair looks period-appropriate and feels durable enough to last a good long time. Wide factory seats make room for six if you really need it, but four is much more comfortable. Brown carpets and simple door panels are suitable for a moderately-priced Chevrolet, and the big steering wheel was painted to blend in with the interior fittings. The dash is woodgrained to add some warmth and the factory gauges are all fully operational. Aftermarket turn signals are integrated into the factory lighting and there’s an accessory heater under the dash that makes it quite comfortable on cool fall days (ignore the handle that says “overdrive” as it is for the hood release). The back seat remains spacious and the trunk includes a matching wide whitewall spare tire and a clean floor that reminds us this car comes from someplace warm.

We believe that’s the original 216 cubic inch inline-6 under the hood, a great choice for reliability and ease of maintenance. It was fully rebuilt when the car was restored and runs beautifully today thanks to a rather extensive recent service. It’s correctly dressed in corporate gray engine enamel and needs only a set of reproduction decals to look factory-correct. The original 6-volt electrical system fires it quickly and easily and to help a bit with reliability, there’s an accessory oil filter unit bolted to the block. A correct downdraft carburetor and oil bath air filter take care of induction duties and a single exhaust system with original-style muffler gives it just the right sound. The transmission is a 3-speed manual with a shifter on the steering column and the torquey inline-6 doesn’t need a lot of shifting around town. Suspension and brakes are stock, so it drives like a 1940s car should, comfortable and competent but still vintage-feeling. Note the clean floors and rockers, original rear end with 4.11 gears inside, and even spring gaiters to keep the rear leaf springs from squeaking. Even the spare tire well is in great shape! Steel wheels with factory hubcaps and trim rings look great, especially wrapped in 6.00-16 Firestone whitewall tires with lots of life left in them.

Old cars that are practical as well as fun are still out there and you don’t need to settle for some ‘70s leftover. This handsome Chevy has a long list of new parts, clean sheetmetal, and a classic look that will always attract attention. Call today!

Harwood Motors always recommends and welcomes personal or professional inspections of any vehicle in our inventory prior to purchase.

Vehicle: 1940 Chevrolet Special Deluxe Sedan
Price: SOLD
Stock Number: 118093
Odometer Reading: 69,972
VIN: 14KA0119664
Engine: 216 cubic inch inline-6
Transmission: 3-speed manual
Gear Ratio: 4.0999999999999996
Wheelbase: 113 inches
Wheels: 16-inch steel wheels with hubcaps
Tires: 6.00-16 Firestone whitewalls
Exterior Color: Storm Gray
Interior Color: Gray cloth
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