Classic Auto Mall
6180 Morgantown Road
1941 Chevrolet Special Deluxe Coupe
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 and nicely preserved example is before us in its 1941 trimmings and design. This 2 door business man's 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 black paint, now showing its age with patina and some dulling. Our consignor states that the previous owner did an amateur paint job, however doors still have their original paint. The trimmings are shiny and have some red pin striping for the grille which presents as excellent. It is an all chromed trimmed car though pre 1942 where all the trimmings save for bumpers went to color, but not yet on this car! 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 shiny curved bumper with some edge add ons which appear a bit in rough condition. Gray painted steel wheels have shiny trim rings and chromed center caps with faux knockoff style hubs.
Sandstone mohair covers the door panels and seats. It is showing wear and slight dry rotting throughout. The door panels have fabric missing, and the seats have a few holes, particularly on the driver's side entry upper. The antique white dash upfront is looking good and may have been restored at one time. Gauges are clean and no corrosion or pitting for the horizontal banded art deco design. Fronting this dashes an original steering wheel with brown overcoating wearing off showing the antique white underneath. The headliner is water damaged and showing in mohair. In the back the rear bench is in barn find condition and will need some TLC. Floors are devoid of carpeting up front and some invasive rust is seen on these fronts. In back a newer carpet sample has been put over top of these floors.
Under the hood in the V shaped engine bay which is unrestored sits a 216ci inline 6-cylinder engine. It is topped with a 1-barrel carburetor and has a 3-speed manual on the back and 4.11 gears are in the rear axle.
A new fuel tank sits in a field of heavy surface rust and a few invasive rusted underside panels are noted on this car. This invasive rust is especially evident on the floor pans and rockers with the rear driver's side rocker showing some invasive rust damage. The frame remains solid even though it too suffers from the surface rust. Independent coil springs for the front, and leaf springs for the rear provide the ride. Drum brakes are on all 4 corners.
A two door coupe that will need some TLC for the interior and attention paid to areas of the undercarriage prior to losing them. The car runs and drives and the the vacuum shift works as it should. A great design and solid steel bodied car complete with all the chrome trimmings which will go by the wayside during the war.
4-Baltimore, MD Assy Plant
37183-Sequential Unit Number
STYLE NO 41 1027-1941 5 Passenger Coupe
BODY NO M7449-Baltimore Body #
TRIM NO 116-Tan Broadcloth
PAINT NO 297-Black
Classic Auto Mall is a 336,000-square foot classic and special interest automobile showroom, featuring over 650 vehicles for sale with showroom space for up to 1,000 vehicles. Also, a 400 vehicle barn find collection is on display.
This vehicle is located in our showroom in Morgantown, Pennsylvania, conveniently located just 1-hour west of Philadelphia on the I-76 Pennsylvania Turnpike. The website is www.classicautomall.com and our phone number is (888) 227-0914. Please contact us anytime for more information or to come see the vehicle in person.
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