Feature Vehicle of the Month
1940 Ford Deluxe Opera Coupe
Owners: Steve & Virginia Yancey, Florida Region members
The Yancey’s acquired this car in 1991 from Paula and Larry Cotton of Dallas, Texas who completed a frame off restoration and were the car’s second owners. This car is an “Opera Coupe” because there are two folding seats behind the split front bench seat. This car has a Columbia 2 speed rearend which lowers the engine rpms at highway speeds. The car wears upgraded 6.0 x 16 radial tires on stock steel wheels with a chrome hubcap and beauty rings.
The 221 cubic inch (3.6 liter) flat head V-8 engine develops 85 horsepower @ 3,800 rpms with 157 ft. lbs. of torque @ 2,200 rpms. It still retains its stock 6 volt electrical system.
This car’s two factory accessories are an AM radio and a working clock in the glove box door. The Columbia overdrive actuator switch is located to the left of the steering wheel under the push button starter switch. The 3 speed manual transmission is column shifted.
The Garnet Maroon enamel paint on this car is thought to be all original except for a repainted trunk lid. There were 20,183 Deluxe coupes made in 1940.
The Yanceys enjoy driving this car around town. It has been driven in several local parades. At a weight of 2,940 pounds on a 112 inch wheelbase this car accelerates easily and drives smoothly on the road.
Next Club Meeting...
The Florida Region of the Antique Automobile Club of America meets the 2nd Monday of each month at 7 P.M. at the Kress Memorial Church of Seventh-Day Adventists, 746 Formosa Av, Winter Park, Florida 32789. Located 2 blocks south of Fairbanks Avenue.
Next Club Activity
March 16, 2014 (Sunday)