It's a retro-roadster's dream come true.
(Except for the $75K price tag, but maybe Santa can extend us some credit.)
Specialty car dealer Roadsport in San Ramon is selling a 1940 Ford Deluxe two-door sedan -- mint-condition, fully restored from top to bottom -- for $75,000.
"It's gorgeous," said Mike Freeman, Roadsport owner. "It's a first-place show winner."
"Even underneath, it looks brand new. Totally shiny," said Freeman, who along with running Roadsport is a teacher at Montevideo Elementary School in San Ramon.
The vintage ride was taken apart, restored and put back together with nearly $100,000 of documented upgrades, including a rebuilt engine, stainless exhaust and gloss-black exterior finish, Freeman said.
The Ford's interior was restored as close as possible to the original, with tan mohair, a vintage dashboard and steering wheel. One modern twist -- a stereo hidden in the glove box.
Miles on the car since the re-do: a mere 2,500.
The owner, an unnamed car enthusiast from Danville, had the primped and pampered vehicle in the San Ramon showroom, but is now storing it elsewhere, while one of his for-sale Jaguars is on display, Freeman said.
Viewings, however, can be scheduled by appointment.
For more information, visit Roadsport at 2031 San Ramon Valley Blvd., San Ramon, or call (925) 323-5800.
And as an aside, according to historians, a new car back in the 1940s cost about $800, and for 18 cents, you could buy a gallon of gas. On average, most 1940s cars got about 15 to 20 miles per gallon.