Car: Chevrolet Special Deluxe Coupe
What makes it special: Chevrolet’s Deluxe was a trim line marketed from 1941 to 1952, and was the volume sales leader for the marque during the 1940’s. The line included, at first a 4-door sedan, but grew to include a fastback 2-door “Aerosedan” and other body styles. The 1941 Chevrolet was the first generation that didn’t share a common appearance with Chevrolet trucks, while the Chevrolet AK Series truck did share common internal components.
What made it famous: The 1941 Chevrolet Master and Special Deluxe were a sensation from the day of their introduction, for a number of good reasons. First, the 1941 Chevrolet Master DeLuxe and Special DeLuxe lineup was fabulously good looking, In 1941, the Master and Special Deluxe had updated styling from the year before with things such as a new grill, new suspension, new curves, and the headlight mounted in the fenders. The Special had better fabric than the Master, along with arm rests in the doors. Interior space was substantially greater, providing three inches of additional hip room. Running boards were concealed and headlamps were blended into the fenders. There was full instrumentation. The engine of the 1941 Chevrolet Master DeLuxe and Special DeLuxe was heavily revised. A redesigned cylinder head with a slightly higher 6.5:1 compression ratio raised horsepower to 90 from 85.
Why I would want one: As said previously, the 1941 Special Deluxe is just incredibly good looking.
Fun fact: In response to the inflationary pressures that were building as military production kicked in, prices of the Master DeLuxe and Special DeLuxe models were increased by anywhere from $29 to $61.