1940 Chevrolet Master Deluxe
Whoever said out with the old? Come to Benny Boyd Auto of Bastrop, TX where you can find the ultimate classic, the 1940 Chevrolet Master Deluxe. The Jeep Wrangler Sahara will take you off the beaten path in style with a heavy-duty suspension, Command-Trac 4x4 System, body-color fender flares and the available Radio 430N multimedia center.
The Chevrolet was redesigned for 1940 with a new, more sophisticated look. It's grille reminded people of Buicks. In 1940 the cars were slightly larger, and there were three models to choose from: the Master 85, Master Deluxe and the Special Deluxe. All of the Chevys had the same engine, a 216.5 cubic inch inline six cylinder that produced 85 horsepower at 3,200 rpm. The compression ratio was 6.25 to 1. A three-speed manual transmission was used in all the Chevrolets. The 1940 Chevy has a 113-inch wheelbase and overall length is 192 inches. The car rides on 6-by-16-inch tires and has a 16-gallon gas tank.
Chevrolet was in good shape in 1940, ahead of Ford and producing General Motors' 25-millionth car while moving from the crisply upright to the gently wide. William Durant established Chevrolet Motor Co. and named it for Louis Chevrolet in 1911, the year after losing control of his earlier venture, GM. Complex stock maneuvering restored that control in 1915, Chevrolet became a GM division in 1918, and Durant was out again in 1920. Chevrolet almost went, too, but Alfred Sloan was heading the corporation and saw potential. Chevrolet outsold Ford in 1927 partly because of the Model T's wind down, but Sloan had been right, and Chevrolet would compete on its merits.
The division introduced a 45-hp, 194-cubic-inch overhead-valve six in 1929 when the Model A's 200-cubic-inch flathead-four produced 40 hp. Every Chevrolet through 1954 would use a six, and the engine would grow; it had to compete with Ford's V8 beginning in 1932. By 1937, its 216 cubic inches generated the same 85 hp as the 221-cubic-inch Ford. Chevy's engine was unchanged for 1940. That was the final year in which both independent and solid-axle front ends were offered, and style was evolving. A wider and less sharply pointed grille helped the fenders and hood to blend more smoothly than in 1939. Headlights were now sealed-beam units located farther apart and looking much less like an afterthought. Trunkless coaches and sedans vanished in 1939, so 1940 brought better-integrated trunks. The fresh look and proven drivetrain pushed 1940 production to more than 760,000 cars, 180,000 more than 1939 output.
So, if you’re in the market for a real 1940's roadster with all that classic style, stop by Benny Boyd Auto of Bastrop, TX to take a look and schedule a test drive of the 1940 Chevrolet Master Deluxe. We look forward to doing business with you!