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DeLuxe Original: 1940 Dodge D-14 Sedan

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This 1940 Dodge D14 Sedan is all original and complete and other than a couple of dings and little dents, the body is in good shape. It’s in Rosemond, California and it would be a nice project car since it’s complete and not a rusty hulk.

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You’ll need to bring your metal-massaging skills to the table, but as far as your welding skills, you’ll just have to do a bit on the driver’s side floors. The fewer times that you have to bring your welder out the better. There are no photos of said rusty driver’s side floor, but as you can tell from another interior photo, there’s a lot of work to be done inside this car.

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And, you can see even more work needed here, too. But, once you’re done it’ll look like this. These cars had a beautiful dash and that famous “safety light” speedometer will look like this when you’re done. Dodge built almost 90,000 of these sedans in the year leading up to the US entering WWII. You’re going to want to strip the interior and reupholster it.

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This should be Dodge’s 217, 87 hp inline-six and the seller thinks that he can get it running but hasn’t tried yet. It does turn over. It’ll be nice when you’re done.

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Nice Grille! Or, it will be once you’ve straightened it out and rechromed it, if you’re going to go the total-restoration route on this one.

This original Dodge is found on eBay with an asking price of $3,500. With the solid condition of the body and its original and complete state, I think this would be a great one to restore back to how it would have looked in 1940. Or, would you just get the mechanical systems working great and drive it?


  1. geomechs

    You sure can’t beat these for being a good car. People drove them into the ground and they came right back up to continue onwards. That this one is a total restoration project goes without saying. But it shouldn’t break the bank. Sure hope it goes to a good home…

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  2. bcavileer

    here’s my ’39. A labor of love for sure. 1940 was way more common as there were only 700 odd Deluxe built in 1939. Great driving cars, real comfortable although not sporty at all.

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  3. Mark S

    These were great cars solid and dependable. It was very common to see these in the service of taxi company’s, it was such a solid car that when they stopped making them it was common for taxi company’s to buy these from private owners. The Chrysler, Dodge flat head engines were not high powered engine, but they did have respectable torque. These engines as well as The rest of the car for that matter were very indestructible, and it was not unheard of for taxi company’s to get 1000000 miles out of them. Great find.

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  4. Charles

    My sister an husband had the 1940 Plymouth in the 1950s. Bought it after WWII and drove it for several years. Looked basically the same as the featured Dodge.

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  5. packrat

    Furthermore, Mark S, the durability and great torque of these spurred the Powell brothers to base their trucks on ( I think ) the 41 Plymouth chassis. Anyone who purchased one of these right before The War was set for the Duration.

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  6. Don

    My first car. Bought in 1958 for $50. Perfect for me. Bought from old family friend who was quitting driving.
    Back seat had amazing room.
    Sold for $150 5 years later.
    Only reason I don’t wish it back is my replacement was and still is a 1937 Studebaker Coupe Express- bought for a whopping $10!!!

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  7. Rex Rice

    My ’40 Dodge was a good car; not great but good. I drove it trouble free for several years but it wasn’t a sporty car for a single guy. Beautiful dash and good running gear. The next year, the ’41 Dodge went to Fluid Drive, making a very dull car.

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