EXCLUSIVE: 1941 Chevrolet Special Deluxe

Josh MortensenBy Josh Mortensen

Seller Description: Posting this for a good friend in St. Louis, Mo. He has for sale, his 1941 Chevrolet Special Deluxe 4-door sedan. This car has been sitting in his garage since 1999. He had, at one time thought of making it into a mild street rod for his wife to drive, but as with many of us, life and work got in the way. The car has only been out of the garage three times at any given point in time and this was to just clean up/out the garage and take photos.

I have seen the car on many occasions when I go to visit and I can attest that the entire car is there…and “except” for the small hole in the trunk, the car “is very” solid. Original mileage on car is 66,276.

Here is a list of what comes with the car:
(1) Spare rebuilt 235 hp 6-cylinder to replace the 216 hp 6-cylinder
(4) New polished stainless steel hub caps
(1) New glove box liner
(1) Spare transmission
(1) Spare front grill
(1) Working tube radio
(1) Spare tire
New inner tubes still in package
Windows do work and all glass intact
All stainless steel/chrome trim
Original bumpers/trim on car
Has clock but it does not work…..gauges worked a few years ago

It looks like Jim has already done some work to this Chevy, but it’s still going to need some attention to be a nice driver. This looks to be the kind of classic you could clean up, get back on the road and slowly restore it along the way. If you have any questions or would like to make Jim an offer, you can contact him via the form below. I want thank Charles for helping Jim list this Chevy with us and I wish them both the best! If you have a classic just wasting away in you garage and want to see it go to a good home, please consider listing it here on Barn Finds.

Asking Price: $6,500
Location: St. Louis, Missouri
Mileage: 66,276
Title Status: Clean
VIN: 5AH0233976

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  1. George

    Nice car.

    One thing to note on the listing: the 216 and 235 engines refer to the cubic inches and not HP. they’re both significantly less power than that. That said they can be made to have close to that power with a couple minor modifications: intake, 4 bbl, headers, and a mild cam will do the trick. If you want a bit more lump ports and oversized valves can be done to the head. I would urge the buyer to check out inliners.org for tons of info on the engines. I had a 68 Camaro I recently sold with a L6 250 that I built with the knowledge of those guys.

    Some of these early inlines didn’t even have an oil pump! They literally scooped the oil with the crank and flung it around to lubricate the insides. No oil filter either so change the oil often!

    Good luck with the sale. I’d be interested if I hadn’t just blown my savings on a new house!

    pic of my straight 6 attached. They can be made to go pretty quick and sound great too. She won’t be a resto-modded LS car but she’ll be pretty and reliable.

    • geomechs

      Nice photo, George. I wasn’t aware that there were some Chevy motors that didn’t have an oil pump at all. The early fours (20’s) that I had anything to do with had oil pumps that pressure-fed the mains and camshaft bushings. The sixes pressure-fed everything but the con-rods. Mind you there was a lot of stuff I didn’t see so I won’t try to argue. I’ve always liked the old stuff…

    • James Scott

      nice work on the engine I picked up a 41 Olds and been looking to see what can be done to it .

  2. geomechs

    Looks like a good project and something that can be done up a little at a time. I’m not all that interested in pulling the 216 and dropping a 235 in its place but I’m not everyone else either. Having run a 216 a lot over the years, I’d have a hard time dealing with the oil pressure going higher than 12 psi. The 235 does have more power and can give you a chance of keeping up with the traffic in the slow lane. I would still avoid the freeway during rush hour.

  3. Blyndgesser

    She’s a beauty. I’d love to see her recommissioned, rather than restored all the way.

  4. Charles

    My apologies gentlemen, it was I, the author of this listing that mistakenly typed in H.P. instead of C.I. I thought about it twice and “should” have gone with my first instinct.

  5. charlie

    My favorite uncle, bless his soul, who bought a new Chevy every three years from l949 through the l980’s, frequently said, “Why do they put a $3 clock in a $3,000 car?” with reference to his ’69 Chevy, and a proportional question depending on the year. A non working clock is pretty close to original equipment. They were wind up, 8 day clocks, and ran fast, or slow anyway. Eventually they were still wind up, but there was an electrical wind, and they still had a short life. On the other hand, his ’40 Ford’s clock ran until he traded it in on the ’49 Chevy. And that was a 4 door fastback, hardly ever seen now, except in Southern California where, 6 cylinders and all, they are a cult among some Hispanics.

  6. Gaspumpchas

    Geomechs is correct, the 216’s had poor oil pressure, they all had Babbitt bearings.If the 235 is a 54 or newer it had insert bearings ,Not sure how many guys out there still do babbits. I’d slide a small block in er and be done with it, Nice car for someone!!

    • 86 Vette Convertible

      There’s a lot of old tools out there still using babbit bearings in them. In fact I have a metal lathe that has them. One day I’ll have to see about repouring them but that’s down the road.

  7. Gaspumpchas

    Top fuel Champ Joe Amato in far lane in his 40 coupe. Restored and still has it!!!


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