LIMA — Garry and Pat Locke, of Lima, first saw this 1940 Ford Coupe in a magazine.
“We bought it in Denver after seeing it in a magazine. We never bought one like that before,” Garry said.
He was familiar with the 1940 Ford Coupe, as he had one as a teenager.
“I always wanted another one,” Garry said.
The United States was sitting pretty well in 1940. The country was recovering from 10 years of depression. Franklin D. Roosevelt was on his third term as president thanks to his “New Deal” promises. He helped pull America out of the depression and won support of the people. He is the only U.S. president to be elected to four terms as president.
Ford Motor Company was one of the few family-owned businesses to survive the Great Depression. With the ingenuity of Henry Ford, the company survived this tedious time, but it didn’t come out unscathed. Ford dropped from the No. 1-selling automobile company to the third best seller.
The 1940 Ford Coupe is a favorite among hot rodders. The curves of the small car make it an ideal hot rod. It was also popular with bootleggers, as the large trunk could hold plenty of illegal liquor.
While Locke isn’t a hot rodder or bootlegger, he and his wife get a lot of enjoyment from their 1940 Ford Coupe, taking it to car shows such as the Westgate Charity Car Show, held this past June.