Often regarded as Ford's finest pre-war cars, the 1939-1940 V8s had up-to-the-minute styling and plenty of power, thanks to the latest developments of the V8 Flathead engine. In this car's case, the optional 85bhp (63kW) motor was up 20bhp (15kW) thanks to a new intake manifold and carburettor. Underneath, the car used a similar chassis to that which had been developed for the 1934 model year, with an X-braced twin rail design. The suspension it used went even further back in time, being almost identical to the Model T's set-up of a beam front and live rear axle supported on transverse leaf springs, but then Henry Ford always did believe in keeping his cars simple and therefore cheap. New for 1939 were four-wheel hydraulic brakes, which made the Fords much safer and more reassuring to drive. By the later 1930s the popular airflow look was evident on Ford's designs.
Ford Deluxe V8 (1939) Specifications
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