Red Hills Rods & Choppers out of St George, Utah has just posted the Alien 40 – 1940 Ford Sedan Delivery that was built by Sam Foose based on a design by his famous son, Chip Foose. This is one of those once-in-a-lifetime opportunities for the right collector to take advantage of. This beautiful custom sedan delivery has won countless ‘First Place’ awards and has been featured in numerous national automotive publications over the last 20 years or so. It has been all over the world and admired by thousands of smiling faces. Simply stated: this Alien 40 – 1940 Ford Sedan Delivery is very special.
The original all-steel 1940 Ford Sedan body was discovered and purchased in 1992 from the second owner who had it covered in a garage in Northern California for over 35 years. After the deal was consummated, the ’40 Ford was transported to Sam Foose’s shop and stripped of all of its original black paint, to begin its transformation. While the body was removed from the frame, Chassis Tech built a completely new modified frame using the existing frame rails (which were boxed in) to accommodate a modern Ford driveline. The bodywork is extensive to say the least, as every piece of sheet metal had to be modified to perform to Chip’s design. The key ingredients were a chopped, sectioned and shortened body that was exquisitely proportioned. That is the mark of a Sam Foose built street rod.
They tell us that Sam Foose modified every inch of the original steel body. They say the fenders were radiused and peaked; the roof was completely reshaped and modernized, modifying the “bulbous” look of the orignal sedan delivery, and now featuring a BMW sunroof; the front end was cut to lean back and a hood wedge was cut 5”; the rear end cut to lean forward. All the windows were enlarged with the window frames rebuilt; the doors reshaped and lengthened over 8” and the B pillar slanted forward. Patient skill was employed to detail in the design. The effect was stunning.
The Alien 40 – 1940 Ford Sedan Delivery was featured on the front cover of the June, 1995 edition of Street Rodder magazine. That was a year after it was built in 1994.
After Sam Foose had retired and closed his hot rod shop, the owner of the car decided it would need a freshening. So in 2009 it was taken to Ridler Award winner Tim Divers at Divers Street Rods. You can see some of the work that was done if you go to Diversstreetrods.com.
Red Hills Rods & Choppers points out that an opportunity to own a piece of popular culture like the Alien 40 comes along seldom in one’s lifetime. Few cars have been written about more than the Alien 40. A nationally known car built by legendary custom builders would be the center piece of your collection. Appraisers can put a number on it but there is no way you can value a prized possession like the Alien 40.