1934 Ford Model 40 DeLuxe

In March of 1932 the Ford Motor Company introduced the new Model 40 V8. V8 engines had been used for many years but they were expensive to produce and drove the cost of the vehicle into territory that only a few could afford. The cylinder block casting process was complicated. Ford, however, found a way to mass-produce the V8 engines making them the first low-priced V8 engines on the market. The cylinders were cast 'en block', meaning in one piece, which was a rather simple process resulting in inexpensive prices. The V8 engines went through their teething problems mainly because the engines were rushed into production. They were prone to overheating, cracked blocks and piston and bearing failures. Once these problems were corrected, the engines proved their potential and stayed in production for the next twenty years.

Ford produced vehicles that weighed less than a ton, meaning that with the V8 engine underneath, these vehicles were quicker than most anything else on the road. The V-8 symbol adorned the radiator grille and the hubcaps. From 1932 through 1934, the styling of the vehicle changed very little. In 1933 Ford added angled side hood louvers. The 1934 roadster was similar to the 1932 except for a few less grille bars in the radiator.


by Daniel Vaughan | Jan 2020

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The Ford Model 40 V8 rode on a 112-inch wheelbase and rode on 17-inch wire spoke wheels. Power was from a 90-degree L-head V-8 engine that displaced 221 cubic-inches and produced 75 horsepower. The engine was mated to a three-speed sliding gear transmission with floor shift controls. They had an X-member double-drop frame and mechanical internal expanding brakes at all four corners. The design....
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1934 Ford Model 40 DeLuxe vehicle information

Roadster

Chassis Num: 181200882

Popular with cops and crooks alike, the 1934 Ford Deluxe Roadster holds a special place in automotive history. Particularly popular because of its power, it also marked a change in automotive design. The Ford Deluxe represented the shift from the tra....[continue reading]

1934 Ford Model 40 DeLuxe vehicle information

Phaeton

Chassis Num: 18-869674

This 1934 Ford DeLuxe Phaeton was given a concours-level restoration to very high standards. It is powered by a 221 cubic-inch L-head V8 engine offering 85 horsepower and mated to a three-speed manual sliding gear transmission. There are four-wheel....[continue reading]

1934 Ford Model 40 DeLuxe vehicle information

5 Window Coupe

Chassis Num: 18916227

This 1934 Ford Deluxe Five-Window Coupe is powered by an L-head V8 engine offering 85 horsepower. The odometer reads just 44,853 miles and it is painted in a brown exterior with ream colored wheels and a mohair interior. There is a wind-out windshi....[continue reading]

1934 Ford Model 40 DeLuxe vehicle information

Roadster

Chassis Num: AZ223413

This 1934 Ford Deluxe Roadster was offered for sale at the 2007 RM Auctions held in Meadow Brook. It is powered by a 221 cubic-inch L-head V8 engine capable of producing 85 horsepower. The car has a three-speed manual gearbox and four-wheel mechanica....[continue reading]

1934 Ford Model 40 DeLuxe vehicle information

Phaeton

This 1934 Ford Phaeton Deluxe 4-door convertible is a four door open touring car with an unbroken line from front to back. Such a car might have a canvas top with side curtains instead of true convertible roll-up windows.....[continue reading]

1934 Ford Model 40 DeLuxe vehicle information

Touring Sedan
Coachwork: LeBaron

This 1934 Ford LeBaron custom body Ford sedan was one of only 165 produced by Ford Motor Co. in 1934. This car was displayed at the Ford Motor Company 100th Anniversary in Dearborn, MI.....[continue reading]

1934 Ford Model 40 DeLuxe vehicle information

Coupe

Chassis Num: 18-1216955

Ford's first V-8 engine was introduced on March 31st of 1932 and it was offered in a low-price, mass-produced car. It was designed to compete with rival Chevrolet, which were powered by a six-cylinder engine. The Ford V8 engine design was attributed ....[continue reading]

Roadster
Chassis #: 181200882 
Phaeton
Chassis #: 18-869674 
5 Window Coupe
Chassis #: 18916227 
Roadster
Chassis #: AZ223413 
Phaeton
 
Touring Sedan by LeBaron
 
Coupe
Chassis #: 18-1216955 


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