Original Paint: 1941 Chevrolet Special Deluxe

1941 Chevrolet Special Deluxe

This 1941 Chevrolet Special Deluxe is claimed to be unrestored, but even more astonishing is the fact that it was supposedly kept by the original owner until 2014 when they passed away. That means it was cherished by the same person for 73 years! If the story is true and it really is as original as the seller suspects, then this could be a great one to preserve. The interior appears to have had some work done, as does the engine, but both of those areas would need attention to keep the car on the road anyway. I’d make sure the interior was correct and then go through the mechanicals to make sure it stays safe and operable. Heck, even if it’s not 100% original, I would like to have it just for that nicely worn paint! Find it here on eBay where bidding is currently at $6,800 with less than a day left.


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  1. DonM

    I like the reverse order better – make it stop, steer and go THEN cosmetics as needed with a nod of respect to what the original owner did to keep it on the road.

  2. DonM

    The wear on the window sill paint from the drivers arm is priceless in pic 20. I want to know what’s in the trunk in the trunk?

  3. Tirefriar

    Is the fuel filler neck sticking out the right quarter panel correct? Very tempting, as it’s within a driving distance and AAA will tow it for free as per premium membership. Unfortunately, the timing is way off – I’m winding down on my 2 wheel acquisitions plus my Alfa rash flared up again ;-)

    • Tom A.

      The filler neck location is correct for a business coupe, yes. The regular coupe with a back seat had it on the right rear fender.

  4. jim s

    i hope the new owner does not hot rod it. i hope it is made safe and driven. the gas tank filler neck placement looks like an after thought, but i guess the gas tank is where the rear seat would be in a 5 passanger coupe. great find.

  5. Blindmarc

    Pretty car!

  6. Doug

    These business coupe’s were usually purchased by independent salesmen, or by corporate for their sales persons. The gas filler cap is correct, and the so called “trunk” is a product case. I don’t see any engine mods but I wonder what the extra knob and rod that seems to go back under the seat is for? Never saw anything like that in a business coupe before, and an uncle had a co. coupe like this one. Also it looks like the tires are oversized on 15″ wheels. Should be 600×16″ to be original. Wheels must have come off a later model Chevy.

  7. moosie Craig

    Nice original looking Chevy, instruments, clock & some upholstery look like replacements, otherwise pretty nifty, I wonder how old the original owner was when he bought this car & how old he was when he died ?

  8. Dolphin Member

    I learned to drive in a 1941 Pontiac coupe that looked almost identical to this ’41 Chevy. The mascot was the plastic indian head and the engine was a flathead straight-8 instead of the OHV-6 in this Chevy, but other than some minor design and drivetrain differences there was a very similar design influence across makes within the GM family back then.

    This would be a good way to get into a vintage car cheap because these are just not in demand. I’m with jim s—I hope it’s kept original and not hot rodded. These were big heavy cars that didn’t have very responsive handling, making them not a very good base for a performance car IMHO.

  9. Williewvr

    The knob and rod going back under the seat is possibly a manual overdrive unit. I’ve seen electric units on later cars.

  10. Ed P

    Wow. I like this car. I would change or flush all fluids, check the front end, brake system, and replace the tires. Maybe a paint job in the future, maybe not.

  11. JW

    Beautiful car, I’ve seen 5 year old cars that don’t look this good. As far as every single little detail not perfect to the car wouldn’t bother me in the least.

  12. waynard

    Tires are outsized for this car. Interior has been screwed up in part with poor selection of materials and details. Definitely not all original. Nice car anyway, and relatively easy to correct if not cheap.
    Sold at $9200.00. A good deal overall.

  13. geomechs geomechs Member

    I guess it sold. Good price for an original. I agree with waynard about the interior. The exterior is OK for the time being but some of those badges are going to need some attention in the future. In the meantime, I hope the new owner takes it out and enjoys it, oversized tires and all.

  14. Ed P

    The car needs those oversize tires. The torque from that giant motor would just spin anything less!!

  15. Woodie Man

    Can’t beat ’em like they were built! If the original owner put the seat coverings on………. well there you go, wonder what the seats look like. Mohair? . Or maybe not as it is a businessmans coupe. Almost look like truck tires . Love it

  16. Oldstuff 1941

    Owning three 41 Chevrolets in the last 20 years, I can tell you they are a blast to drive and were for their time a fairly well engineered car. The 2dr coupe I owned was a early 70’s built ‘StreetRod’ with a 327/350 Turbo trans, and Nova subframe and rear end. It was a pleasure to drive and easily maintained.. The other two, a 2dr sedan and the rare Cabriolet In the photo I included were all original cars with the exception of late model wheels and tires. The photo shows the Cabriolet being pulled out of the ‘Barn’ /shed/ storage building I put it in for over 10 years, when my Dad got sick and my interest took a backseat because I needed to devote my time to helping care for him. The car had 87,000 original miles when stored, a daily driver and was a 1st place show winner. As you can imagine, it went downhill being stored in a concrete block building. I’m still tweaking it for daily driving and scheduling it for new paint…. It’s one of those cars you hear about that makes it back home after years of being away. I found it in Hemmings in 1988, went to West Virgina to buy it and found out as I was signing paperwork and looking at some of the original papers the lady was showing me,… that it was bought new in my Home town in 1941, right before the war started… it then went to West Virginia where the original owner was transferred with Union Carbide to work during the war. it stayed there till i brought it back home… It was in very good condition and just needed minor things to make it a good driver and original class show car….

  17. Oldstuff 1941

    Another view…

  18. Bobby T.

    Yes, the 1941-1948 Chevrolet were great cars for their time. Chevrolet wasn’t number one in sales at the time just by some fluke, right? Obviously your average Joe was happy w/ the venerable ohv straight six 216 and 411 rear. Just looking at some old ads for the ’41Chevrolet….. “The finest is first again in sales!” Great stuff.

  19. Bobby T.

    BTW: my Pop owned a ’48 Fleetmaster Spt. Cpe. back in the ’60’s……about 6 months ago I was looking at an old photo of him burning some serious rubber on a dragstrip in said Chev. He had just dropped in a 300 horse 327 small block, ’37 LaSalle trans, late ’40’s/ early ’50’s Pontiac rear with corresponding open diff &driveshaft (w/ some modifications, naturally) I remember when he sold that coupe not too long after he bought a new 1970 Chev. Monte Carlo. Even though I was only 6 yrs. old at the time, I can still recall the sadness I felt when we happened to drive by the used car lot where the old girl sat out front one night…guess that was the beginning of my being hooked on vintage tin & specifically ’40s era Chevrolets. Pop today at 81, still misses that great ’48. (Me too, Pop, me too!)

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