Old Cars is turning 50. In honor of 50 years of the privilege of bringing the old cars hobby to our valued and faithful readers, Old Cars will revisit 50 of our past featured cars in 50 days, to commemorate the half-century of Old Cars. Here's to fifty more years of Old Cars!
DAY ELEVEN: 1940 Ford Standard coupe
Bob Lyons really liked his 1940 Ford sedan. But he liked the ’40 coupes even more, so when he got a chance to acquire a coupe, he gladly sacrificed the sedan.
“I always kind of dreamed about owning a coupe,” admits the Middlton, Wis., resident
“I always thought the coupes were just beautiful cars, so I went down there and looked at it, and after we went back and forth a little bit, I ended up buying it. That was in 1998 and I’ve had the car ever since then.”
Lyons’ car is the Ford V-8 model, which most hobbyists call the “Standard,” and not the fancier and more iconic Deluxe. Lyons insists that while more people probably identify with the top-tier Deluxe, he actually prefers the look of the Ford V-8 Standard. “I’ve come to like the Standard. The features on the Standard are a little simpler and a little cleaner and I actually prefer it,” he says.
“The main differences are the grille, hubcaps, [and] dashboard. The little Ford symbol is blue on the Standard and not red, and the [Ford script] on the side of the hood is different. The Deluxe had a two-tone dashboard and a clock in the dash. The steering wheel is different and there is a little different layout for the gauges, and the Deluxes had an armrest. But for all practical purposes, they are the same car.”
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