by the Auto Editors of Consumer Guide
The 1940 Ford car line was a great styling statement, and so was the 1940 Ford Sedan Delivery derivation. Many connoisseurs of design declare it the best-looking sedan delivery ever, and it's hard to argue with them.
Ford's classic 1940 car styling translated well to the car-based 1940 Ford Deluxe Sedan Delivery.
Body contours were smoothly rounded, perfect from every angle. Inside was a beautiful art-deco dashboard, in contrasting colors. Standard equipment included a column gearshift, dual wipers and visors, ashtrays on both sides, full insulation and interior lining -- even a clock.
Riding a 112-inch wheelbase, the 1940 Ford Sedan Delivery measured nearly 180 inches long and 72 inches wide, with Gross Vehicle Weight of 4,300 pounds.
Ford's regular panel delivery truck rode the same wheelbase but was 17 inches longer overall. At a glance, they looked similar from the front, since both models had turned to semi-integral sealed-beam headlamps; but the Ford Sedan Delivery borrowed its front end from the DeLuxe Ford car.
Buyers could specify the customary 85-bhp version of Ford's famed flathead V-8, displacing 221 cubic inches, or the "economy" 60-bhp version of 136 cubic inches.
Cargo space in the 1940 Ford Sedan Delivery was longer and wider than ever, with steel skid strips protecting the hardbound tongue-and-groove floor. A single rear door provided access to that space, whereas regular panel trucks wore a pair of entry doors out back.
New pivoting glass wings in each front door offered improved ventilation. A split, fixed windshield with cowl-mount wipers was standard. Exactly 4,451 Ford Sedan Delivery models out of the 5,325 built had the 85-bhp engine, and a few carried a 95-bhp V-8.
Collectible Pluses of the 1940 Ford Sedan Delivery
One of the most beautiful commercial vehicles ever
Shared its styling with the 1940 Ford DeLuxe car line
Relatively strong value appreciation
Good parts supplies
Strong club support
Collectible Minuses of the 1940 Ford Sedan Delivery
Just as Ford's 1940 cars are coveted by collectors, the 1940 Ford Sedan Delivery is among the most highly valued classic Ford truck.