Hot rodders will rejoice and collectors might grimace, but Ford just announced the latest addition to its licensed all-steel reproduction car bodies — the 1940 Coupe.
Now, anyone with the cash can get a shell that can act like a blank canvas to transform into whatever hot rod the owner can imagine and build. Customers can order it with the stock firewall to accommodate the original flathead V8, but Ford will also offer it with a recessed version to fit larger modern engines.
“Like its older 1932 Deuce Coupe and younger Mustang siblings, the 1940 Ford is a body style and design that represents Ford at its best,” said Dennis Mondrach, Ford Restoration Parts licensing manager. “The 1940 Ford Coupe has always been highly sought after and collectible. Unfortunately, good, solid restorable examples have become hard to find and expensive, so this faithful reproduction is bound to prove popular.”
Ford will kick off the shell’s sales by bringing a 1940 Ford hot rod to the SEMA Show next week built with one of the new shells. Ford supports the unit with a list of correct mechanical and trim pieces through its restoration arm. The shell, itself, costs $11,900 before shipping.
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