Street Parked: 1941 Chevrolet Special Deluxe

Chevrolet grill and fivehead
I encountered this cool old Chevrolet while on a visit to an auto parts store to pick up parts for our LeMons car. This is a 1941 Special Deluxe coupe. I’ve heard some folks refer to these as “Business Coupes”. I’m not sure what differentiates a business coupe from a non-business coupe so I’ll just leave the business coupe business to others and just admire a cool old car.
It's Special and Deluxe
GM’s Art and Color group (run by the famous Harley Earl) designed this car and I think they did a great job. I particularly like the front fender detail, they give the car a wide stance while also giving the hood a powerful height.
Special Deluxe front quarter
The small styling is excellent on this car, the chrome strip and hood vents are particularly cool with an art deco vibe.
Special Deluxe badge
The interior of this humble Chevrolet is nice, not up to the standards of a Buick but plenty nice enough for a working man’s car.
Special deluxe interior
The 1941 Chevrolets were powered by a straight six producing 90 horsepower. These cars weighed less than 3,500 lbs, so that 90 horsepower engine probably provided adequate performance. I’ll have to learn more about cars from the 40s, what was the Miata of the day back then?

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    • This is a back seat area that someone has ‘cleaned up’ a little and covered the plywood with upholstery on the upper area, they did not come this way as the factory made these as utilitarian as possible using just bare painted plywood…

  2. I drive a semi-restored 41 ‘Cabriolet’ (convertible) and have owned a sedan like the one pictured. Needless to say, I really like this body style…This is a gorgeous example of a 1941 Tudor (two door) ‘Sedan’,…Not a ‘Business Coupe’. The Business or ‘salesman’ (as some liked to refer to them) Coupes had a shorter more rounded, compact type roof line and much smaller windows for the rear sides… The ‘Business’ coupes did not have a rear seat,… They had the seat removed from the factory and plywood was inserted and bolted to the rear seat area, so as to give lots of room for salesmen to carry their wares.There were also 2dr. coupes that had a back seat, even though they shared the same body roof line with the ‘Business coupes’…They were called ‘Five passenger coupes.
    The Tudor sedan shown above actually had as much room as the Four Door Sedans, just minus the other two doors. They were all beautifully styled in the Art Deco type style which makes them all appealing today.

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