1940 Master Deluxe Coupe-Original L.A. 3 Owner Car-Just Restored - Strong Driver

Price: - Item location: Carlsbad, California, United States
  • Make: Chevrolet
  • Model: Other
  • SubModel: Master Deluxe
  • Type: Coupe
  • Trim: Business Coupe
  • Year: 1940
  • Mileage: 78,900
  • Color: Original Mayland Black
  • Engine size: 216 cubic inch
  • Number of cylinders: 6
  • Fuel: Gasoline
  • Transmission: Manual 3 speed on column
  • Drive type: Rear Wheel
  • Interior color: Tan/Brown with wood graining
  • Vehicle Title: Clear
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1940 Chevrolet Other Master Deluxe

Private San Diegoseller is listing this all original 1940 Chevrolet Master Deluxe Coupe that was restored in 2014/2015. In 1940 it was purchased new in (La Brea) Los Angeles and has been in SoCal its' entire life.We are the 3rd owner. The original family owned it for 70 years stored it properly as witnessed by the condition even before restoration.Restoration goal was to build a reliable comfortable and safe driver. That was achieved with some added extras. Details of the process are below.Low original mileage of 78850. Only 100 miles since restoration.Received anAward of Excellenceat the April Del Mar CA GoodGuys Rod & Customs show.Amidst the many '60's cars just like we have previously owned this one was one that stood out got the looks and compliments.Hats off to the professional sources that helped us restore it.Buy it and go drive it. It's all there without issues to sort through or project pieces to complete. Starts idles drives stops sounds and looks great.Drive this coupe on the highway not just secondary roads. > Even with always being in CA the rust factor was nil from top to bottom and underneath. Onlysurfacerust in certain areas at the most.No signs of accidents body repair or panel replacement whatsoever.> Strong matching #'s and restored powertrain: 216 cid 3 speed upgraded 3.73 gears for highway driving.> Body shut lines (doors hood trunk) were impressively parallel even before restoration.> New owner gets all the photos and information of the complete restoration process shop manual original license plate critical specs schematics all receipts. Misc spares.

> This car is not difficult to work on or keep in operating order. Plenty of parts and two active national clubs/forums that assist owners with technical information.

> No lien holders. Current clean California title and registration.

> Video shows engine running from a cold start. Search YouTube for"1940 Chevy Master Deluxe 216 cid original with fresh rebuild" to view it.

For questions and discussion please call(858-699-1207)or email me. Thanks for your inquiries so far.

(If you are long distance interested in buying but cannot see the car in person first contact us for alternatives. )

HEMMINGS MOTOR NEWSstates averageaskingprice for this car in this condition has been $32k.

If you are considering a coupe of this era and style for a reasonable price you will not be sorry you purchased this one.

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> Powertrain interior undercarriage brakes electrical system chrome and trunk have been restored preserving 90%+ of it's original parts and assemblies.

> Freshly rebuilt original powertrain: 216 cid straight 6 cylinder (.060 over); 3-speed manual with properlyworkingvacuum assist unit and 3.73 diff gears.

> No smoke or leaks.

> No replaced body panels or accidents. Bring your magnet...no fillers.

> Even before restoration each engine/trans/diff shop commented on the originality and minimal wear condition of the internals and strongly suggested the 78800 miles are original.

> Restoration goal was to make this automobile a show worthy original driver offering it to the next owner as a very sound automobile. That was achieved.



+ Only use professional experienced sources that work vintage cars.

+ Maintain the body unmolested leave the original Mayland Black factory paint intact but detail it thoroughly.

+ Rebuild entire drivetrain for a reliable and safe driver and have an good functioning vacuum assist unit for smooth shifting.

+ Make the interior original and show condition with all working gauges radio lights good fit windows and carpet for quieter ride.

+ Improve overall braking and engine breathing better final gearing and cooling capacity.

+ Restore the undercarriage to semi-show condition.

+ Improve ride quality.

+ Use original restored parts that came with the car whenever possible. Buyqualityparts when needed.


> Purchased new in 1940 in Los Angeles.

> Second owner purchased the car in 2010 and it sat.

> I bought it in April 2014.


Style/Model #40-1517; Body # S494 made in FIsher Body plant in St. Louis MO 494th body of that style.

Paint code 273 Mayland Black. Engine #2973300. See photos of both serial number tag (floor) and body tag (firewall).

This is a "KH" (Master Deluxe) automobile as indicated on the tag (6KH12). Trim code 97.

Engine number and drivetrain factory original as validated by original title with engine #2973300.

All original identification plates (firewall and floor on passenger side) intact and matching.

Original 1940 CA license plate (2Z186).

Date stamp on chassis rear of passenger side rear fender: 11-30-39.


SOURCES: Restoration parts were primarily purchased new from the very reputableFilling Stationin Oregon. Independent sellers of a few very difficult to find NOS were also used. Most parts for the entire car are very accessible at reasonable prices.

ENGINE/EXHAUST/FUEL: (Jacobs Engineering) Original stock 216 cid received a complete rebuild using .060 over new aluminum pistons for less weight and quieter operation. Babbitt material was seen to be in excellent condition. Stock oil filter assembly ( I believe that was an option). Aeroquip oil lines from filter to block. Dual headers by Fenton with dual exhaust systemfor improved breathing and great exhaust tone. Motor at 120-125lbs compression. Rebuilt originalCarter W-1carburetor bySan Diego Carburetor and Fuel Injectionwith original air cleaner assembly. All new motor/trans mounts of course. New all 3 core all aluminum radiator (Superior Radiator) plusoverflow tank. Cleaned 18 gal gas tank with dual in-line filters and accurate gas level sender. New oil and gas pumps.

No oil or water leaks whatsoever. Strong and steady oil pressure at 10 lbs idle 15 lbs fast idle and higher when driving. Water temperature (180-195). Very accurate gas gauge and ammeter. New drivetrain has 100 miles on it.

TRANSMISSION/DIFFERENTIAL: (Oceanside Transmission) Inspection reveals original gears were in great condition. Bearings and seals replaced. The vacuum assist shifting unit works excellent. Grinds like these transmissions do when they are cold and then diminishes as the car warms to operating temp.Final drive gears changed by ProGear from stock 4.11:1 to3.73'sfor higher speed driving. Stock torque tube still intact and serviced with new U-joints.

BRAKES: A largedual portmaster cylinder was built with one-way pressure relief valves to create stronger independent front and rear braking. Works very well. New shoes resurfaced drums new wheel cylinders new brake lines byCrown Performance. New emergency brake cable.

ELECTRICAL: 90% of the car was rewired (with spares added) . (Note: converting to 12 volts is a relatively easy and low cost step). Wires wrapped in vintage cloth style electrical tape. New fused master headlight switch. Lights including interior dome and dash lights rebuilt original horns radio wipers and gauges are operational. This car has a custom 5000 rpm electric tachometer. All bulbs replaced. New 650 cca Super Start battery. Inspected and rebuilt generator and starter done byAutomotive Electrical Services which both operate well. New Pertronix coil. Turn signal and 4-way flasher functions added. Its' original AM radio was rebuilt (La Jolla Audio) and works. Station “memory” buttons still show original 3-letter Los Angeles stations that it was set to. Original non-operational clock.

SUSPENSION: Rebuilt original knee action shocks. New front springs. New front stabilizer bar bushings and linkage. New wheel bearings. All lubed front to rear.

INTERIOR:(Kiwi Kustoms) Impressive show condition work by Kiwi who also did the interior of the Lincoln Zephyr for the lead singer of Metallica.Complete interior restoration where choice of fabric is a very high quality tweed. Stock seat is super supportive and firm. Beautiful headliner. All those bakelite knobs are original. Original rear wood deck piece was restored. Sound deadening Dynamat installed under carpet. While not stock we chose carpet for a quieter ride and plusher interior. Re-wood-grained dashboard and all window garnishes.. Original factory I.D floor tag plate is purposely exposed.

GLASS: (AG Glass)All removed to fit new rubber seals. Vent windows work fine and lock in place. No cracks or dings. Glen from AG Glass works some of the cars on the Velocity TV car shows.

EXTERIOR: As mentioned above body shut lines and alignment (doors hood trunk fenders) are impressively parallel and correct and have been even before restoration. Only the new mouldings while breaking in push the doors and trunk lid out a bit but over time they will compress. All window trunk door moldings replaced (Steele Rubber Products). Running boards are original but recovered with new rubber also from Steele Rubber Products. Expensive triple chrome plating for original bumpers bumperettes grill trim and miscellaneous pieces done byPacific Plating.Various components such as bumper brackets radiator support radiator-to-firewall brace were powder coated (Powder One).

UNDERCARRIAGE: Pressure cleaned on a lift detailed and coated with Eastman Chassis Black. No hidden rust.

PAINT: As best as can be determined thisistheoriginal 1940 Mayland Black factory paint. We preferred preserving the history. There are some rough and peeled spots from 75 years of existence on the hood the front driver fender and sections of the lower roof. But overall for it's age the paint is in very good condition and responded well to detailing. There is a very shallow mild 3" ding in the front driver side fender. Using products fromAutogeek.netthe car was clayed compounded glazed and waxed.

WHEELS/TIRES:Original 6 x 16" steel wheels color match the original red stripes on sides of car and the hood. New popular General Jet600-16 whitewall tires(Lucas Tire) have less than 100 miles on them and feel great. The car does not "wander" and corners well. New beauty rings and hubcaps. Spare wheel/tire and original jack in the trunk.