An originally restored two-toned, tan and black 1940 Ford truck sold at a Barret-Jackson auction this week for a record $71,500.
The truck originally sold for a little more than $600 in 1940.
The vintage truck had scored a perfect 1,000 points at an recent Early Ford V8 Club national meet.
It was equipped with the original refurbished Ford V8, eight cylinder, 85 hp engine and stock interior. Designed very spartan, it also came stock with only one windshield wiper, one visor and no radio or heater. A rear bumper, bumper guards, vanity mirror and heater were extra optional accessories, according to early Ford vehicle experts.
Judge Bob Moon of Signal Mountain also owns a 1940 Ford truck, which also scored two consecutive perfect 1,000 points in an EFV8 meet in Dearborn, Mich.
He said there are fewer than 50 of the originally restored 1940 Ford 1/2 trucks that have survived. They were purchased primarily for farming and deliveries and often left in pastures when the engines finally failed.
Only approximately 47,000 were manufactured by Ford and production essentially ceased but for military orders of them. Ford's plants were transitioned for tanks and military equipment.
1940 Ford truck owned by Judge Bob Moon. Photo was taken in front of Ford founder Henry Ford’s house, Fairlane, in Dearborn, Mich.