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Make: Ford
Year: 1940
Mileage: 33181
VIN: 5518493
Color: BLACK
Engine: Flathead V8
Cylinders: 8
Fuel: Gasoline
Transmission: 3 Speed Column Shift
Drive type: RWD
Interior color: TAN
Drive side: Left-hand drive
Vehicle Title: Clean
Item location: Pleasanton, California, United States


1940 Ford - Frame Off Restoration - Original California Car

1940 Ford Tudor Standard Flathead V8 w/ Columbia Overdrive

Frame Off Restoration of an Unmolested California Car – Year-of-Manufacture Plates

High Quality with Incredible Attention to Detail

Fitted with Desirable Fully Functional Columbia Overdrive


NOTE: Our listings are rather lengthy. They not only describe this particular car but also some history of the make/model, considerations in buying a classic car and facts about our firm. However, we continually hear from out-of-state / out-of- country buyers (many of our clients) that they prefer the level of detail that we provide. However, if you are not prepared to read the full listing, please scan the DETAILS below along with viewing the PHOTOGRAPHS at the bottom. If you’d prefer, please call us at 925-846-1451 and we’ll gladly discuss the Porsche and answer any questions over the telephone, including our “Buy it Now” policy. Yes, the Porsche can be purchased prior to the end of the eBay auction.


This car is offered at a realistic price and, unlike bidding on cars in an auction environment, you will have the benefit of extensive information and history on the car prior to making a buying decision. Equally as important is the fact that Classic Cars Ltd. has been in business for 26+ years and enjoys an excellent national / international relationship with over 1,000 positive eBay feedback responses.

Please keep in mind that we will gladly…

  • Answer any questions over the telephone and take the time to guide prospective customers through the buying process (925-846-1451).
  • Assist with locating a quality, suitable transporter at very competitive prices.
  • Provide proof that we are licensed, bonded (for the financial transaction), fully insured, and operate from an established showroom environment.
  • Provide feedback from previous buyers, and specific references for vehicle purchases in your area (we also ask that you view our detailed eBay feedback by clicking on the number to the right of the eBay user name)
  • Offer additional information including specific photographs or clarification of any part of our description of the vehicle
  • Thank you again, please let me know if I can be of assistance.

    Happy “eBaying”!

    Paul R. Wankle, Pres.

    Classic Cars Ltd.

    Pleasanton, CA



    The car comes to us from a repeat customer as do the large majority of our vehicles due to our 26 year history as a provider of high quality classic cars. The Ford was part of a large collection and has a history of being delivered new in Northern California and being owned by a local bank executive whose family cherished the car for many years. The Ford was never modified or abused and always garaged prior to its complete, frame off restoration of the original components.

    No expense was spared and, as the photos suggest, the car has extremely straight body panels, excellent chrome, and is in its original configuration down to the functional gauges and working radio! It has survived close to 80 years and continues to be one of the more desirable model years for the ‘40’s Fords.


    1940 Fords have been very popular with street rodders, so an unmolested one is a rare find. This 1940 Ford Standard Tudor is truly one of those rare finds. It has undergone a comprehensive, meticulous restoration to original configuration.

    As you approach it, you are impressed with the shiny black paint, the straightness of the bodywork, the shine of the chrome and the correct wide whitewalls. You open the door to a beautifully upholstered interior in tan, period-correct fabric. The skillfully painted woodgrain door and window frames provide a nice accent to the interior. The flathead V8 starts immediately at the touch of a button and is remarkably smooth and quiet. Both the engine compartment and the trunk are clean and tidy as is the undercarriage. The added Columbia overdrive unit is fully functional and makes the car suitable for road tours.

    This Ford is very reasonably priced and can be proudly used as a reliable collectible car, or as a show car. It can also be confidently driven on antique car cruises and has proven to be incredibly reliable and trouble free. It is truly “turn-key” and fully sorted; ready for use by its new owner. The car has been recently updated to ensure mechanical reliability and, while the restoration is older, it shows as if it was done within the past few years.


    The vehicle identification number is 5518493. The car is currently registered in California though 3/24/20 and bears California Year-of-Manufacture plates 8U1637, 1940 black-on-yellow plates with MAR 2020 tags.


    • 221 cu. in. flathead V8, 85 hp
    • 3-speed manual fully synchromesh transmission with steering column shifter
    • Added Columbia overdrive unit
    • Torque tube drive line
    • Stock type hydraulic brakes
    • Stock type hydraulic shock absorbers
    • Tidy engine compartment; block & heads painted proper Ford blue/green
    • Original type cartridge oil filter
    • Original type oil bath air cleaner
    • Modern fuel filter added
    • Newer 6 volt battery
    • Ford script radiator hoses
    • New choke and throttle rods in trunk can be installed
    • New rubber at rear of hood

    The engine starts immediately and is remarkably smooth and quiet, even when cold. The transmission shifts smoothly and both the steering and brakes operate properly. The odometer shows 31,688 miles, but the actual mileage must be shown as TMU (Total Miles Unknown) due to the age of the car. However, the speedometer and odometer are functional.


    • Period-correct seat upholstery in tan with darker vertical stripes
    • New wind lacing adjacent to doors
    • Tan carpet on rear floor
    • Door panels upholstered with seat fabric upper portion and solid tan at bottom
    • Perfect tan headliner
    • Tan sun visors
    • Black rubber floor mat in front plus individual Ford logo single mats
    • Great legroom in back seat with armrests on either side
    • Surface of rear package shelf upholstered
    • Beautifully light brown wood-grained window and door frames
    • All 4 windows crank freely; rears have a unique feature to either roll down vertically or slide slightly horizontally for ventilation
    • Two-spoke steering wheel in medium brown in excellent condition
    • Dark brown dashboard with a few paint defects
    • Ash trays at each end of dashboard
    • Three-speed shifter on steering column
    • Original South Bend heater
    • All gauges operate; oil pressure about 50 psi
    • Horn works
    • All lights work including brake light
    • Radio turns on but stations are difficult to locate
    • Vacuum wipers work
    • Both doors open/close smartly
    • Wind wings on both side doors w/ new rubber
    • Newish weatherstrip around both doors
    • All glass in fine condition


    • Shiny black paint with virtually no defects that detract from the cars appearance; no orange peel, cracks, or damage
    • Extremely straight bodywork
    • Straight, dent-free bright trim down both sides of car
    • Excellent bright trim down center of hood
    • Good bright trim in center of grille
    • Sides of grille and headlight bezels painted black (proper for Standard model)
    • Shiny, dent-free bumpers both front and rear with two small bumper guards on each
    • Running board rubber looks nice but show some cracking upon close inspection
    • Rubber around gas filler cap shows cracking
    • Rubber around front bumper brackets shows cracking
    • Sealed-beam headlights with 2 beams
    • Single left tail light (proper for Standard model)
    • Cool-looking split rear window with new rubber seals
    • Stock radio antenna above center of windshield
    • Cowl air vent
    • Driver’s side outside rear view mirror
    • Period-correct reproduction wide whitewall tires (3 ½” whitewall) in Firestone Deluxe Champion Gum-Dipped markings, size 6.00-16, 13/32” of remaining tread on each
    • Excellent V8 logo hubcaps all around
    • New lacing on fender joints
    • Very nice black on yellow 1940 California license plates
    • Rear plate with chrome frame and rare Columbia Overdrive axle badge
    • Both the hood and trunk lid open/close smartly
    • The trunk lid has new weatherstrip
    • The trunk is very tidy with a new black rubber floor mat and a wide whitewall spare tire with Ford V8 logo hubcap
    • The undercarriage of the car is “California” clean


    • Reproduction 1939 Ford Reference book
    • Jumper cables
    • New car cover
    • Clear California title with current California registration
    • Year-of-Manufacture California plates are transferrable to a California buyer in accordance with current DMV rules
    • California smog test not required for vehicles 1975 and older


    • Engine 221 cu. in. flathead V8, 85 hp
    • Wheelbase 112”


    Ford introduced the flathead V8 engine in the 1932 models and continued it up through 1953. In particular, the 1940 models had numerous improvements over the late 30’s models.

    • First Ford with a steering column mounted gearshift
    • First Ford with wing vent windows on the driver and passenger doors
    • First Ford with sealed beam headlights, 2 beams
    • First Ford with windshield wipers at bottom of windshield
    • More rear seat leg room
    • Hydraulic shock absorbers
    • Ride stabilizer torsion bar

    Classic Cars Ltd. 925-846-1451


    VIN: 5518493
    Exterior Color: Black
    Interior Color: Tan
    Engine: Stock Flathead V8
    Transmission: 3-Speed on the Tree
    Status: Available
    Mileage: 30,181
    Features: High quality, frame off restoration


    As always, we recommend that you carefully review the seller's background for any collector car being sold over the Internet. It is important to ask yourself a number of questions including, but not limited to:

    · How long have they been in business?

    · How much experience do they have with collector cars? 

    · How many positive collector car vehicle sales have they completed (positive eBay feedback)?

    · How detailed/complete is the description of the vehicle?

    · Do the photos show details of the interior, exterior, top, chrome, etc. or are they simply "glamour shots" taken from a distance?

    · Does the seller have a Surety Bond to protect the financial transaction?

    · What about insurance, licensing by the state, and a local business license?

    · Does the seller (if a business) have any DMV (Motor Vehicle) complaints and/or other history of legal action, grievances?

    · Does the seller enjoy a favorable local and national/international reputation? 

    · Can the seller assist with funding sources, transport and out of state/country sales?


    · We have been the same, small, California town for over 25 years. We operate a small "brick & mortar", indoor showroom, and specialize in the sale, consignment, and purchase of sports, high performance and specialty vehicles of all types. We have a particular interest in sports cars and unique vehicles.

    · The majority of our vehicles come from local, private owners and collectors, and many were sold new in California. We appreciate that rust free cars, with excellent documentation and history are especially attractive to our buyers both locally, and around the country. As a result, we do not purchase our collectible cars from "distressed" sales, such as wholesale auctions, salvage sales, or lien sales. We do not sell vehicles with salvage titles, or those that have a history of significant accident damage or repair.

    · We have sold hundreds of unique, classic and collectible vehicles and regularly deal with buyers that have not had the experience of purchasing a large (both physically and monetarily) item on eBay, or through an Internet source. We strive to achieve 100% positive feedback on all vehicle sales from customers around the globe and is a reflection of our commitment to accurate, complete, and thorough vehicle descriptions.

    · We have been shipping vehicles for years and have established excellent contacts that are not only high quality but very price competitive. We do not use brokers, terminal shipping or other discount methods. Call us or email for a quote directly to your home or office. We are often able to obtain quality enclosed transportation (the kind of travel this car deserves) for the cost of open shipping.

    · Please review our feedback on eBay (user name Never22Many) representing over 975+ positive transactions to buyers all over the United States / World.

    · We are fully insured, bonded, and licensed for collector car sales all over the United States/World.

    · Classic Cars Ltd. carries a $50,000 Surety bond to cover financial transactions

    · We frequently sell vehicles to out of State / out of country buyers, and will be glad to provide references for buyers in your area.


    · As with virtually all collector/specialty vehicles, we find that parts and resources are readily available for this (and most every vehicle), thanks in large part to the Internet.

    · In addition to the purchase price of the vehicle, California buyers are subject to sales tax, documentation fee, DMV transfer fees, and license and registration. Out of state buyers are responsible for the purchase price of the vehicle with any local fees, taxers, etc. being paid in their respective state. IMPORTANT NOTE: If the vehicle is delivered or driven in California, applicable California sales tax, license, registration and transfer fees will be assessed per California law.

    · While we encourage telephone calls to discuss this vehicle in greater detail and ask that you call us at 925-846-1451 if we can answer any questions about the vehicle, Classic Car Ltd, or shipping costs to your location.

    · We encourage inspections by interested buyers or professional inspectors. Please call at 925-846-1451 to arrange a convenient time.

    · As with any collectible vehicle of this vintage we are unable to provide a warranty or guarantee of condition. However, we make every effort to accurately represent our vehicles, and highlight both positive items as well as areas that require attention. We ask that prospective buyers consider our eBay history/feedback, standing in the community, length of time in business, and other factors when purchasing a collectible vehicle from Classic Cars Ltd.

    · Minor cosmetic issues/flaws may be present on every vehicle (regardless of cost) including small chips, nicks, scratches, etc. that can be seen on even the best restoration, or even a relatively new, used "pre-owned" vehicle. Also, ownership of a collectible / specialty vehicle is more enjoyable if the owner is familiar with the "realities" of these unique cars. Unlike more modern day vehicles, these cars require regular, ongoing care/maintenance and some mechanical knowledge, patience, and understanding can make the experience considerably more pleasant. That said, collector / "specialty" car owners will tell you (emphatically) that they love their cars and wouldn't trade them for anything!! 

    The information contained in this description is believed to be accurate but, in some instances, has been provided by the car's owner / owners or outside sources. As a result, we are unable to guarantee the accuracy of the information. We encourage verification of "numbers" and significant data prior to the purchase of any collector vehicle that you are considering.


    · Buyers outside of California will be responsible for a $195.00 fee for processing / administration. The charge will apply if the vehicle is purchased through eBay or before or after the auction directly through Classic Cars Ltd.

    · We reserve the right to end the auction prior to the scheduled auction close date. We will be glad to discuss details of a "pre-auction" purchase (925) 846-1451.

    · Inspections of vehicles are encouraged but (by appointment) must be completed within 24 hours of the end of the auction.

    · Out of state buyers are responsible for the high bid and shipping costs. California buyers are subject to the appropriate sales tax, DMV transfer, and fees associated with the purchase of any used vehicle sale in the state of California.

    · To avoid shipping the title with the car to our out of state buyers, we mail the title and other transfer documents via Priority Mail. Larger items and parts will be shipped with the vehicle.

    · While shipping and transportation costs (if appropriate) are the responsibility of the winning bidder, we can assist with locating a suitable transporter. We regularly ship cars all over the USA/World, and can often times locate very competitive rates for transporting vehicles door to door, to a local terminal, enclosed, open, etc. Please call us for specific information/rates to your location.

    · We meet some great people and fellow enthusiasts, and only rarely do we have problems with non-paying bidders. Please be certain that you are prepared to buy the car if you bid, or call us at 925-846-1451 before the end of the auction if we can answer any questions. If you have a "sunglass" rating or fewer than 10 feedback ratings

    Classic Cars Ltd.

    925-846-1451n eBay, please call us before you bid so that we can discuss the bidding process, etc. If we do not hear from you, we reserve the right to delete your bid.

    Thank You & Happy Bidding
    Classic Cars Ltd.