1941 Chevrolet Master Deluxe

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6180 Morgantown Road
Morgantown, PA

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Morgantown, PA



Year 1941
Mileage 1228
Engine 8
Doors 2
Transmission Manual
Make Chevrolet
Model Master Deluxe

Master Deluxe 1941

Title Status --
Exterior Color Red
Interior Color Black


1941 Chevrolet Master Deluxe

In the wake of the December 7, 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the government decreed that to conserve scarce metals, cars built after January 1, 1942 were to use no brightwork apart from chrome-plated bumpers. Grilles, belt moldings, and hubcaps were painted in contrasting colors, creating what became known as "blackout" models.

A prePearl Harbor car with all gleaming chrome trimmings done over in black and nicely finished steel in red with a black dusting to give a patinaed look. This 2 door 1941 Master Deluxe coupe sports nice lines, and full fender mounted headlights for 1941. Overall, for 1941 the car became taller and less sleek in its overall design but adding more roominess to the interior. Running boards have disappeared, replaced by a simple flare rocker.


All steel bathed in red paint dusted with a sprinkling of black, now showing its concocted age with faux patina and some dulling. This is the desired finish and in this writer's humble opinion melds perfectly with the scrapes, scratches and slight bubbling noted on the body to create the "look" perfectly. The trimmings have been all blacked out save for the rectangle bezeled blue dot taillights. It was an all chromed trimmed car though pre 1942 where all the trimmings save the bumpers went to color but with the shaved front bumper, this car nails it. A bulbous hood, split windshield, those integrated headlights and a swept back all add up to a nicely designed car in 2 door form. A nicely rounded sloping trunk lid meets up the slope of the rear fenders and forms the back of the car, framed on the bottom with a blacked out curved bumper with some bowtie exhaust tips in chrome below. Black painted steel wheels have red and chrome lug nuts as well as red painted hubs. These are wrapped in nearly new 205/75R15 blackwall rubber.


Custom black diamond stitched tuck and roll vinyl greets up on the door panels and the seats which are presenting wonderfully in split bench form in the front and sprawling full bench in the rear. The satin black dash upfront is looking good and may have been restored at one time. Antique white face AutoMeter gauges now occupy a custom polished bezel and a chrome speaker grille in the center just above the modern AM/FM radio and in front of the passenger is the factory clock and glovebox. Fronting this dashes the restored original steering wheel with its full chrome horn ring and art deco winged Chevrolet badge on the horn button. The headliner is now ribbed black vinyl that is hung tightly and below is a sea of clean black carpet with the new Hurst long armed shifter well within the driver's reach.


Under the hood in the V shaped engine bay which is finished in black sits a resealed consignor stated 350ci V8 circa 1969. It is topped with a 4bbl carburetor and an Edelbrock intake manifold. Bolted to the back is a Muncie M20 4-speed manual and 3.30 gears are in the 10-bolt rear axle. A new 4-core radiator is on to keep things cool.


A new fuel tank and new 3/8" fuel lines sits in a field of black for the flooring and strong steel frame. The overall environment remains void of even surface rust, but we do note prior repairs and invasive rust on both side rocker panels. Independent coil springs with new springs and rebuilt knee actions shocks sport new disc brakes in the front. Meanwhile moving rearward, we see a new drive shaft and new leaf springs for the rear along with new drum brakes. A full rebuild of the suspension and a front-end alignment was recently performed. Dual exhaust with Turbo mufflers are on for the exhale and end in the aforementioned chrome bowtie tips.


Another nice example that one interested in this era car can check out, and you too will be pleasantly satisfied. As I was on the test drive where all my experiences, (acceleration, handling, cruising and braking,), were all very positive with no complaints.

A two door coupe purpose built to have a weathered and worn "rat' look that will need some TLC paid to areas of the undercarriage in the future. The car runs and drives and performs splendidly, a great design and solid steel bodied car complete with all the blacked out trimmings which will go by the wayside during the war.


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