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1940 Ford Deluxe convertible


The restored-to-original Ford convertible looks sleek in glossy black
The restored-to-original Ford convertible looks sleek in glossy black

Lumpy Rutherford. Does that name sound familiar? He was the doltish neighborhood bully in the seminal TV situation comedy, Leave it to Beaver, which portrayed a wholesome suburban American family at the height of the Eisenhower era.

The only thing really memorable about Lumpy was his car. What was supposed to be depicted as a beat-up old jalopy was actually a sweet-looking 1940 Ford ragtop, which even as little kids we recognized as something cool. Reputedly, it was painted a putrid shade of purple, but that didn’t bother us since everything on TV was black and white.

The ’40 convertibles have a sporty roadster look
The ’40 convertibles have a sporty roadster look

Following up on yesterday’s multiple Pick of the Day highlighting cars that starred on TV and film, here’s a really sweet-looking 1940 Ford Deluxe convertible, which definitely would be too cool for Lumpy, but which reminds of him nonetheless. The classic ragtop, arguably the most handsome pre-war Ford and an enduring favorite of hot rodders everywhere, has been completely restored to original, the seller says.

“While customizing has its appeal, the original appearance of these cars is one of the most-beautiful examples of automotive design out there,” the seller, an Arlington, Texas, classic car dealer, says in the ClassicCars.com listing. “The all-steel 1940 Ford convertible you see here is undoubtedly one of the nicest still in existence. Its all-original appearance always draws a crowd wherever it goes.”

Glossy black  seems like the right color for a ’40 Ford, and this one’s gleaming paint job is set off by its tan cloth top and matching wheels and interior. The top is power operated from the factory, and the chrome bumpers, door handles, headlights and taillights are all original, the seller states. The car sits on steel wheels with correct dog-dish hubcaps, and the car also comes with its factory 16-inch wheels.

The interior was corrected refurbished, the seller says
The interior was correctlly refurbished, the seller says

The Ford was professionally rebuilt and is a great driving car, the dealer adds, with the correct flathead V8 under its hood.

“Powering the car is the original 239 (cid) flathead motor that runs and drives great,” the ad says. “It is one of the smoothest idling flatheads you will come across. It was all rebuilt by a known flathead builder, and great care was taken to maintain the original components.

“It is paired with a 3-speed manual transmission that shifts smoothly. A Columbia 2-speed rear end is found in back allowing the car to cruise down the road comfortably whether you are driving around town or getting on the highway.”

The interior was also completely and accurately redone, according to the seller, with upholstery by LeBaron Bonney and a dashboard with the correct knobs, switches and gauges and faux wood painted finish. The radio has a faulty knob, the seller notes, but a second correct working radio will be provided to the buyer.

The asking price is right up there at $63,250, which would be out of Lumpy’s league but probably in line with the car’s condition and desirability. The price actually is about average retail, according to the NADA value guide.

“Look around and you will see this is one of the classiest-looking vintage cars out there,” the seller concludes.

Bob Golfen
Bob Golfen
Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle. He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and SPEED.com, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs. A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.

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