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
A pre-Pearl 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
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
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
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
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