Ford Restoration Parts 1940 Ford Coupe body shell
  • Ford Restoration Parts 1940 Ford Coupe body shell
  • Ford Restoration Parts 1940 Ford Coupe body shell

  • Ford Restoration Parts 1940 Ford Coupe body shell
  • Ford Restoration Parts 1940 Ford Coupe body shell

  • Ford Restoration Parts 1940 Ford Coupe body shell
  • Ford Restoration Parts 1940 Ford Coupe body shell

  • Ford Restoration Parts 1940 Ford Coupe body shell
  • Ford Restoration Parts 1940 Ford Coupe body shell

  • Ford Restoration Parts 1940 Ford Coupe body shell
  • Ford Restoration Parts 1940 Ford Coupe body shell

Old cars always play a huge role at the SEMA Show each year, and fans of the iconic 1940 Ford Coupe should pay extra attention. The car that needs only be referred to as the '40 Ford will be offered in a complete steel body shell from Ford Restoration Parts using the latest welding and rustproofing technologies.

Pricing for the complete body shell will start at $11,990, and it comes with a choice of firewall options for those building a car with an original flathead V8 or more of a custom build with a bigger, more modern engine that requires a modified firewall. Of course individual body parts can also be purchased, but all of the new parts are sold exclusively through Dennis Carpenter Ford Restoration Parts. To show off this new body, Ford will have a customized '40 Ford at SEMA with a 5.0-liter V8 under the hood, a chopped roof and we're assuming quite a few other modifications.

Ford Restoration Parts just recently expanded its body-in-white offerings to include 1965 through 1967 Mustang Convertibles, but it also offers full bodies for the 1965 to 1970 Mustang coupe, the first-generation Bronco and more than 9,000 other officially licensed reproduction parts.

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Return of a Legend: Iconic 1940 Ford Coupe Body Shell Now Available for Hot Rodders and Classic Car Enthusiasts

-New reproduction 1940 Ford Coupe steel body shell complements Ford's existing stable of fully assembled classic Mustang car bodies

-The new 1940 body is officially licensed by Ford Restoration Parts and uses high-strength steel and modern welding techniques

-Hot rodders can order the 1940 Coupe with a modified firewall and install a larger, modern powertrain

-SEMA show cars featuring new body show high-quality construction

DEARBORN, Mich., Oct. 26, 2012 – One of the most cherished and collected classic cars of the pre-World War II and hot rod era – the iconic 1940 Ford Coupe – is the latest addition to Ford Motor Company's growing stable of officially licensed all-steel reproduction car bodies.

Available now for ordering, and complementing the 1965-70 Mustang bodies, the 1940 Ford
Coupe body is also constructed of modern, high-strength steel and is assembled using modern
welding techniques. The new body comes rustproofed from the factory and is ready to be
assembled as a custom hot rod or as a faithful tribute to the original.

At the upcoming Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show in Las Vegas, Ford
will display a custom 1940 Ford hot rod built using a reproduction body and a new bare body
shell that demonstrates the high-quality construction. Prices start at $11,900 plus shipping. The
full body shell as well as individual steel panels are available through Dennis Carpenter Ford
Restoration Parts,

The fully built, copper-colored SEMA show car sports a new 5.0-liter V8 engine, four-speed
automatic transmission and Mustang II front suspension. The roof has also been chopped or
lowered to give the car an even meaner look.

"Like its older 1932 Deuce Coupe and younger Mustang siblings, the 1940 Ford is a bodystyle
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."

The '40 Ford: Part of American culture
The 1940 Ford has had a major influence on post-World War II America, said Detroit automotive
historian Joe Cabadas, author of "'40 Ford: Evolution * Design * Racing * Hot Rodding."

"Bootleggers down south always wanted to know who had the fastest car," said Cabadas. "Because of its lightweight V8 engine, they started racing them on Sundays, and that is the beginning of stock car racing."

After World War II, the 1940 Ford was at the forefront of another major cultural movement – hot rodding. The '40 Ford got noticed by World War II veterans, who began buying up the cars and turning them into hot rods by adding performance equipment to the car's flathead V8 engine.

The 1940 Ford has been a fixture in Hollywood, appearing in countless TV shows and movies such as "American Graffiti," "Bugsy" and "Mulholland Drive."

"With their big fenders and integrated headlights, the 1937-40 Ford was one of the first
streamlined cars from Ford Motor Company," Cabadas said. "Edsel Ford had a hand in its style.
He wanted a family look for Ford and Lincoln vehicles, and so you can see some Lincoln Zephyr
in it. The 1940 was also one of the few cars in its price class with a V8."

Reproduction body: A blank canvas
Hobbyists looking to build a hot rod using the new 1940 body are limited only by their
imagination and budget. The new body is available with a stock firewall that accommodates
the original flathead V8. However, for those looking for greater performance from a modern
powertrain, the new 1940 Ford body can alternatively be ordered with a recessed firewall that
will allow much larger modern engines to be installed.

As with the officially licensed reproduction parts available for the 1965-70 Mustang bodies, Ford
also supports the 1940 Ford with an array of correct mechanical and trim restoration parts. To
see what is available for the 1940, visit

Dennis Carpenter, owner of one of the nation's largest classic Ford restoration parts companies,
owes his start in the business more than 40 years ago to the 1940 Ford.

Carpenter was having trouble locating a good used set of dash knobs for a car he was restoring
– and still owns – so he approached Ford and obtained permission to reproduce the knobs using original factory blueprints and designs. Today his company, Dennis Carpenter Ford Restoration Parts, produces many Ford-licensed parts for the 1940 Ford. With the body now back in production, Carpenter is gearing up to add even more trim parts for the car.

"When you see a beautifully restored 1940 Ford, it is like a piece of jewelry," Carpenter said. "People just really love the lines of that car. It is timeless and appeals to all ages."

About Ford Motor Company
Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With about 168,000 employees and about 65 plants worldwide, the company's automotive brands include Ford and Lincoln. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford and its products worldwide, please visit

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      • 2 Years Ago
      When do we see the '49-50 Ford and Mercury bodies?
        Ian Moore
        • 2 Years Ago
        I'd kill for either one. I want to build a lead sled in the worst way.
      • 2 Years Ago
      that is sweet
      • 2 Years Ago
      Carl La Fong
      • 2 Years Ago
      These 40 bodies were first built by Bob Drake. After his backers pulled out, everything was sold to Dennis Carpenter. They are being built by or through Dennis Carpenter. Ford has authorized the product, as they have all of Drake's and Carpenter's Ford parts. Ford Motor Company had nothing to do with the tooling and manufacture of these bodies. They, simply, allowed them to be sold with the name "Ford" attached to them
      • 2 Years Ago
      Finally, a new car worthy of desire. Never thought I'd see the day for the possibility of a brand new 1940 Ford!!! Now I wait for a brand new 1964-65 Ford Falcon and the plans for my future collection will begin.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Cannot.stop.the drooling! Man thats beautiful! When I look at this I shake my head in disappointment that half of Fords lineup are Euro. Its a sad time. Still have hope the Mustang and F150 wont turn sissy euro!
      • 2 Years Ago
      Gotta have one, gotta have one, gotta have it! When I was nine a '40 Ford was the first model I really customized after two years of putting models together according to the instructions. Several models were minus wheels, engines and dashboards for years before being scrapped. I think the '4o Ford was an AMT model.
      Cool people
      • 2 Years Ago
      Heritage with coolness should be re introduced with modern power train. Airbags optional. Smart move FoMo.
      • 2 Years Ago
      These bodies look a hell of a lot better than anything Lincoln's built in the last dozen years. Maybe Ford should badge engineer these into Lincoln's????
      • 2 Years Ago
      They should find the tooling for the original Flathead V8- that would be fun to reproduce!
      • 2 Years Ago
      I don't understand how these kit cars can get their insurance and license.
        • 2 Years Ago
        Each state's Department of Motor Vehicles has a process for registering a rebuilt, radically altered or kit car. Once you have a registration, you can get a license plate and insurance, most likely from an insurance company that specializes in collector cars.
      • 2 Years Ago
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