1942 Chevrolet Special Deluxe

One can argue that December 7, 1941 was the pivotal date of the 20th century that set off events over Japan that still reverberate to this day.  After the attack on Pearl Habor, American industry converted from producing butter to guns. Automakers produced a few cars in 1942 before switching to tanks, aircraft and rifles.  Here’s one of the few 1942 civilian models.  Find this 1942 Chevrolet Special Deluxe for sale on Hemmings in Carson, CA for $43,500. This post is part of DT’s 2016 Birthday Celebration of 100 cars; enjoy the ride!

The dealer’s ad for this car says it underwent a meticulous restoration in Kentucky and has covered 1,400 miles since.  I’m not so sure how meticulous, given the surface rust on some of the components. Anyway, the 216 cubic inch inline 6 should be good for around 100hp.

It’s funny that our generation thinks of American cars being almost exclusively automatic with a smattering of manuals thrown in the mix. Pre-1950, it was the inverse; this car has a 3 speed manual shifted on the tree.  And it does have a wonderful dash that will kill you in a crash.

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Gianni is Daily Turismo’s Pacific Northwest correspondent.