American Car Spotters Guide - 1941

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American Car Spotters Guide - 1941


This was the last full-production 'model year' before the US became directly involved in World War II as a result of Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor on the 7th December. Although military vehicle production was on the increase, more civilian vehicles were sold than in 1940, namely 3,779,682 cars and 1,060,820 trucks and buses.

Canadian plants were engaged on production of military vehicles for the British Commonwealth. In the US, at least three car makers broke production records. Ford produced its 29-millionth unit, Dodge its 5-millionth, Plymouth its 4-millionth. The number of commercial trucks and buses sold was the highest ever.

More prototypes for the 'Jeep' had been produced by Bantam, Ford and Willys, and they each received contracts for 1500 units for further evaluation and field trials. Chrysler, General Motors and others received further contracts for military trucks from the US Government and several other nations.
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American Bantam
USA

American Bantam

   
 
American Bantam went all out on production of their ¼-ton 4 x 4 and endeavoured to join forces with Checker Cab, but in the end Willys and Ford with their much higher production capacity were awarded the contracts for mass production of the Willys design.
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1941 Buick
USA

Buick

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In 1941 Buick introduced the Fireball engines with increased horsepower.
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1941 Buick Series 90
USA

Buick

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Buick top line model was the Series 90 Limited. Altogether in 1941 Buick offered 26 models in five series.
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1941 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible
USA

Cadillac

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Cadillac announced production of 150-bhp V8s only. The V16 and LaSalle were discontinued. All body interiors were now styled by Fleetwood. Hydramatic drive was optional on all models. Model ranges: 61,62, 63, 60S, 67 and 75. Pictured left is a Series 62 Convertible.
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1941 Cadillac Series 61 Toruing Sedan
USA

Cadillac Series 61 Touring Sedan

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Cadillac Series 61 Touring Sedan with 'fast-back' body styling. DeLuxe version had rear wheel shields.
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1941 Chevrolet AG Master DeLuxe
USA

Chevrolet AG Master DeLuxe

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Chevrolet Series AG Master DeLuxe had 116-inch wheelbase and new body styling which was retained until 1948 (with slight detail changes). The Chevrolet Series AH Special DeLuxe had more luxurious trim than Series AG.
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1941 Chevrolet Special DeLuxe 1000
USA

Chevrolet Special DeLuxe 1000

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This right-hand-drive Convertible pictured left served with the British RAF in Singapore in 1948. Australian Chevy's were designated Special DeLuxe 1000 (4110S), Ridemaster 1200 (4112S) and Special DeLuxe (4115S, 4120S).
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1941 Chevrolet AG Delivery Sedan
USA

Chevrolet AG Delivery Sedan

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Chevrolet Series AG Sedan Delivery All 1941 Chevy models had 'Knee Action' IFS (with exposed coil springs) and steering column gear shift.
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1941 Chrysler Saratoga Model C-30K
USA

Chrysler

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Walter P. Chrysler died on August 18, 1940, after two years of illness, just as preparations were underway for the 1941 model year. A new semi-automatic transmission called Vacamatic was made available as an extra cost option. The Chrysler could be purchased with or without running boards. Fluid Drive was standard in all Chryslers. Shown left is the Chrysler Saratoga Model C-30K Sedan. Fluid Drive was standard, Vacamatic semi-automatic transmission optional. The complete range of Chryslers for 1941 included the Royal C-28S and Windsor C-28W with 121-inch wheelbase and 6-cyl. engine, Saratoga C-30K and New Yorker C-30N with 127 ½-inch wheelbase and 8-in-line.
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1941 Chrysler Crown Imperial C-33 Limousine
USA

Chrysler Crown Imperial C-33 Limousine

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Chrysler Crown Imperial C-33 Sedan Limousine sold at $2795 and had power-operated windows, 145½-inch wheelbase and 140-bhp 323·5 CID 'straight-eight' engine.
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1941 DeSoto
USA

DeSoto

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DeSoto DeLuxe S-8 Sedan. Running boards were optional extra. DeLuxe and Custom had 121½-inch wheelbase. Plymouth-based SP-12 had 117½-inch wheelbase and smaller engine (export).
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1941 Dodge Luxury Liner Custom
USA

Dodge Luxury Liner Custom

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Dodge Luxury Liner Custom 0-19C (pictured left) and DeLuxe 0-19S had 119½-inch wheelbase, 91-bhp L-head Six engine. Also available was 117½-inch wheelbase, with 87-bhp power unit.
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1941 Ford Model11A Super DeLuxe Coupe
USA

Ford

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Ford also had new body styling and like Chevrolet this was retained, with minor detail changes, until 1948. There were five basic models: 11A Super DeLuxe, 11A DeLuxe, 11 A Special, 1GA DeLuxe and 1GA Special. All had a 114-inch wheelbase. 1GA models had L-head six-cyl. 90 HP engine; the others had the 90 HP V8. There were 15 body styles.
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1941 Ford Canada Military Special
Canada

Ford

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Canadian militarized Ford 11A Fordor Sedan had special bumpers, radiator guard, roof rack and other mods.
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1941 Ford Canada Military Soft-Top Special
Canada

Ford

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FM Alexander's soft-top conversion of Canadian Ford C11 ADF Station Wagon, photographed at the British Ford Dagenham plant.
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1941 Ford Canada Military Soft-Top Special
Canada

Ford

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Another 'topless' conversion of Canadian Ford C11ADF, serving in North Africa. After conversion. only the driver's door could be opened.
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1941 Ford ΒΌ-ton 4 x 4
USA

Ford

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During 1941 Ford USA produced Its own ¼-ton 4 x 4 design, designated Model GP (pictured left). From 1942 the Willys MB design was manufactured in large numbers as Model GPW (W for Willys). Picture shows Edsel B. Ford (on back seat) and General Charles H. Bonesteel during a cross-country demonstration with the first production GP.
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1941 Graham Hollywood Sedan
USA

Graham

   
 
The Graham Hollywood Sedan was one of the last Grahams produced. Bodywork was similar to that of the Hupmobile Skylark.
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1941 Hudson Super Six Sedan
USA

Hudson

   
 
The Hudson Super Six Sedan had 121-inch wheelbase, 102-bhp L-head six-cyl. engine. An eight-cylinder engine was also available. Body styling was not very different from the 1940 model. A smaller model, the Hudson Six, had a 116-inch wheelbase and a 92-bhp engine, but looked similar.
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1941 Lincoln
USA

Lincoln

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Lincoln 16H had a V12 engine and 125-inch wheelbase. The Fordor Sedan shown weighed 3936 lb approx and measured 210 x 73½-inch wheelbase.
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1941 Mercury Model 19A-73 Town Sedan
USA

Mercury

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The Mercury 19A had 95-bhp V8 engine. The body styling closely followed that of the Ford but the wheelbase was four inches longer, at 118 inches. There were seven body styles, including a station wagon.
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1941 Nash Model 4140 Sedan
USA

Nash

  Also see: Nash Road Tests and Reviews
 
The Nash 600 was a new car, featuring unitary body-cum-chassis construction. It replaced the earlier LaFayette series at the lower end of the Nash range Pictured left is a Model 4140 Sedan, one of eight body styles. Wheelbase was 112 inches, price US$870.
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1941 Nash Ambassador
USA

Nash Ambassador

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The Nash Ambassador Sedan was available as Six (Model 4160, shown) or Eight (4180). Several other body styles were also marketed. General appearance was not unlike 600, major exceptions being bumpers and rear fender (wing) cut-outs.
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1941 Oldsmobile Series 98 Custom Cruiser Sedan
USA

Oldsmobile

  Also see: Oldsmobile Road Tests and Reviews | Oldsmobile Brochures
 
Oldsmobile in 1941 produced 230,703 cars (its highest figure so far), of which no fewer than 113,690 had Hydramatic drive. 1941 also saw the completion of the 2-millionth Olds. There were five series: 66, 68, 76, 78 and 98 (second figure indicated number of cylinders). Pictured left is a Series 98 Custom Cruiser Sedan.
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1941 Packard 110 Sedan
USA

Packard

  Also see: Packard Road Tests and Reviews
 
The Packard 110 was restyled and now featured built-in headlights. There were Special and DeLuxe versions. In April the Packard Clipper was la nched, with 'fade away' front fenders. In September this new styling was extended throughout the range, with conventional styling optional on Senior cars.
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1941 Packard 120 4-Door Touring Sedan
USA

Packard 120 Touring Sedan

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Packard 120 4-door Touring Sedan sold at US$1291. In 1941 Packard produced 66,906 cars and considerable quantities of marine engines (for US Navy PT boats) and Rolls Royce Merlin aero engines.
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1941 Plymouth P-12 Special DeLuxe
USA

Plymouth

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The 1941 Plymouth featured battery in engine compartment, oil bath air cleaner. floating-type oil pump intake, door checks. and counterbalanced trunk lid. Two series: P-11 DeLuxe and P-12 Special DeLuxe. Two-tone paint finish was becoming fashionable.
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1941 Pontiac Custom Torpedo Eight
USA

Pontiac Custom Torpedo Eight

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Pontiac Custom Torpedo Eight Series 1941-29, Four-Door Four-Window Sedan had 248.9 CID engine and 122-inch wheelbase. Bodywork was by Fisher and also used for some other GM cars. There were also DeLuxe (119-in) and Streamliner (122-in) models. All were available with 6 or 8-cylinder engines. Production for 1941 totalled 330,061, making Pontiac the fifth largest car producer in the US.
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1941 Pontiac Streamliner Torpedo Eight Sedan Coupe
USA

Pontiac Torpedo Eight Sedan Coupe

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Pontiac Streamliner Torpedo Eight Sedan Coupe.
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1941 Studebaker President Custom Cruiser
USA

Studebaker President Custom Cruiser

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Studebaker President Custom Cruiser had 117 -bhp 4-litre 8-cylinder in-line L-head engine. Production was up 12% over 1940 and highest (at 133,855) since 1928.
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1941 Studebaker Champion Coupe
USA

Studebaker Champion Coupe

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Studebaker Champion Coupe.
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1941 Willys Model 441
USA

Willys Model 441

  Also see: Willys Road Tests and Reviews
 
Willys Model 441 104-inch wheelbase Americar was new for 1941 and produced alongside the Model MA 'Jeep', with which it shared the famous Go-Devil engine.
1941 Cadillac Series 63 5-Passenger Sedan
1941 Cadillac Series 63 5-Passenger Sedan.
1941 Chrysler Thunderbolt Experimental Prototype
1941 Chrysler Thunderbolt Experimental Prototype.
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