Stored 60 Years: 1941 Chevrolet Master Deluxe

Sometimes it is absolutely fascinating to see how long some cars have been stored, and how they have survived through time. Dusty, and forgotten, this ’41 Chevrolet Master Deluxe has been stored for 60 years according to the seller. Can you imagine a car that has been hidden away that long? Roughly parked since 1957, this Chevrolet was running as recently as a few years ago, and is very original. Bidding is currently at $1,525 with the reserve not met, or the buy it now option of $3,000 seems like fair money for this long stored classic. Check it out here on ebay out of Scranton, Pennsylvania.

Hidden in the cave like engine bay is the famously reliable Chevrolet 216 inline 6 engine that seems darn near bullet proof. Many details are obscured by the shadows, but from what can be seen, the engine appears original and unmolested. The engine is described as running nice, and the car can actually move under its own power, but cannot stop. The brake system needs some attention to safely get this Chevy stopping again.

The entire interior is in place as it was 60 years ago, but it would appear that some rodents may have taken a bite or two out of the driver seat area. With dust and dirt present, the interior doesn’t look too shabby. The driver seat area looks to be the worst of the damage, other than the fraying door jamb weather stripping. Crack free, the steering wheel looks nice, as does the dash.

Quite dusty and dirty, this Chevrolet looks remarkably solid, but the seller mentions that the passenger rear fender has been taken off, and that there are some rust concerns. Based on the sellers description there is rust in the rockers and in the passenger rear fender well, which is the reason the fender has been removed. The rust in the rocker is easy to see, and appears to be concentrated to the center of the driver rocker. The rust in the fender well appears minor, but the image detailing the issue doesn’t lend much information. Although the running boards are not installed, they are present, and included with the car. Overlooking the rust, this Chevy seems like a straight and worthy candidate to either restore, or slowly work on and enjoy in its current looks. The buy it now of $3,000 seems quite reasonable for this original condition classic that runs and drives, just need to address the brake concerns. After sitting for more than half a century, would you snap up this Chevy for its $3,000 buy it now price?

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  1. Rodney

    Sitting there in that dim brown light it appears to be a “Hershey’s Chocolate Car”
    Quite rare.

    • Steve R

      I like the sign. I’m more interested in the other items stashed in the building.

      A look at the sellers completed listings shows the car sold last week for $3,000, for one reason or another the deal must have fallen through. The price seems fair.

      Steve R

    • Joe Nose

      Melts on the road, not in your hands…

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  2. Bob Hess

    May not be right but the front parking lights and rear tail lights tell me this is a ’40. Anyone out there have more info than I do? Great find!

    • Mike Cobb

      It is a 40 … the 41 has a different grill.

      I hope someone saves this one.

      Mike Cobb

      • Smitty

        I am with you Mike, it’s a 40, NOT a 41.

    • Mike H. Mike H

      40 had running boards and the 41 had a slight flare to the lower body where the running boards USED to go. I don’t see that flare, and I do see where the running boards used to be, so I’d agree that it’s a 1940.

  3. bcavileer

    39 D-11 in the background???

  4. Loco Mikado

    And to think I could have bought a ’47 version of this car in almost perfect condition for $125.00 in 1975. All it needed was kingkpins for some reason. Been kicking myself for not buying it for over 40 years now.

  5. Woodie Man

    Had a ’47 Chevy 4 door ( very similar) hidden in the woods in high school in…..’72. Paid fifty bucks ……was in the same condition! Ran.

  6. Charlie Member

    Basic transportation in the 1940’s. GE had a number of them they loaned to management, like my father, to travel to company meetings out of state, our ’37 Studebaker was in no condition to drive long distances (200 miles each way, before the Interstates, was a long way) and every few months there would be a new one, black, but a top of the line Special Deluxe 4 door in our driveway. My father described it as “gutless” but solid.

  7. Pete in PA

    Some years back I had the pleasure of working on a 1940 Special Deluxe with 16k miles on the clock. Yes, that’s *sixteen thousand* miles! And this was no sit-in-a-field for decades car. It was a true time capsule, ready to drive and enjoy. Story was that the owner bought it and passed away shortly thereafter. The widow didn’t drive and the car sat in the garage for decades until she passed. Dont know whether the current owner inherited it or bought it. But this car was incredible. I felt like I had traveled through time to see this car when it was almost new. Some pics:

  8. Pete in PA

    And another:

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  9. Pete in PA

    And one more:

  10. Pete in PA

    One more:

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