Synopses & Reviews
Notable for its streamlined style and deco details, the ’40 Ford has gained in popularity among today’s classic car nostalgists and hot rodders who remember the models as monsters of the drag strip and as affordable first cars or hot rod platforms of their youth.
In this illustrated history of the ’40 Ford, auto historian Joe Cabadas delves into the archive of The Henry Ford in Dearborn, Michigan, to offer a complete history of the 1940 Ford: the design and production process that led to the car; the various body styles; motorsports (both circle-track and drag racing); and hot rodding. Sidebars feature prominent, key figures within Ford, the cars in popular culture, significant contemporary automobiles from competitors, and more. Two hundred rare photographs and illustrations from the collections of The Henry Ford and from photographers around the country marvelously illustrate the iconic automobile.
"The title of this book is somewhat misleading in that it's much more than a recounting of the design, building and marketing of the 1940 Ford. It puts the vehicles into context of the times, taking into account the operating structure of Ford Motor Co., as well as the personalities and input of automotive legends. Beyond that, it looks at the competitive factors of the day, a period in which General Motors totally dominated the domestic market and Ford was losing ground in the sales race." - Auto Restorer
Famous for its streamlined style and art deco details, the ’40 Ford is revered among today’s classic car and hot rod enthusiasts. Automotive historian Joe Cabadas explores the design changes of the 1930s that culminated with the legendary “Forty,” tracing the model’s evolution in the context of the political climates on the world stage and behind the walls of Ford Motor Company. All body styles are discussed, including trucks, as are the cars’ rollicking histories in motorsports and hot rodding. Illustrated throughout with photography and period art, much of it culled from The Benson Ford Research Center at The Henry Ford, ’40 Ford is the definitive history of these vehicles and a fitting tribute to an icon of American transportation.
Notable for its streamlined style and deco details, the 40 Ford has gained popularity among todays classic car nostalgists and hot rodders who remember the models as monsters of the drag strip and as affordable first cars or hot rod platforms of their y
About the Author
Born in Detroit, Joseph P. Cabadas is a longtime automotive reporter and the award-winning author of MotorbooksÆ River Rouge: FordÆs Industrial Colossus (2005) and The American Auto Factory (2003). He lives in Dearborn, Michigan. He lives in Dearborn, Michigan.