Doug & Sherrill Magnuson

1940 Chevy Coupe


This is Rachel. Doug Magnuson has owned her since 1958. Her original owners were an elderly couple who bought the 1940 Chevrolet Special Deluxe Coupe and drove it from Massachusetts to California where it was sold when the husband died. The next owner was Magnuson’s neighbor in Pasadena. They had Rachel for 17 years before he was able to buy her. His restoration work – done while he was a teen working at Clark’s Top & Body Works – included Ford’s rack & pinion steering, later he added 1970 Chevelle front disc brakes, a 350-350 Vortec, Chevy S/B, 700R4 and Vintage Air. Another upgrade is the paint job. For years Rachel sported 1960 Cadillac black. In 2005 Magnuson painted her with PPG Base/Clear Black/Cranberry.


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