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'40 Ford: Evolution * Design * Racing * Hot Rodding
     

'40 Ford: Evolution * Design * Racing * Hot Rodding

by Joseph P. Cabadas
 

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

Overview

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.

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"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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780760337615
Publisher:
Motorbooks
Publication date:
03/28/2011
Edition description:
First
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
9.30(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.80(d)

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"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

Meet the Author

Born in Detroit, Joseph P. Cabadas is a longtime automotive reporter and the award-winning author of Motorbooks' River Rouge: Ford's Industrial Colossus (2005) and The American Auto Factory (2003). He lives in Dearborn, Michigan.

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