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The 1941 Chevrolet Special Deluxe was designed by Harley Earl’s famed General Motors Art and Colour Section in Detroit. Dubbed “Royal Clipper” styling, the new car was longer, wider, and lower than previous Chevrolet models and featured a restyled grille, hidden running boards, flowing deck, headlights recessed into the front fenders, and recessed taillights. The design was intended to resemble General Motors’ more expensive Buick models, but at an affordable price. It was an immediate sales success.
This 1941 Chevrolet Special Deluxe Convertible was the subject of an award-winning restoration in the early 2000s, using many rare and authentic new old-stock components. It is finished in stately Cameo Cream over a red leather interior and features a rare, genuine Chevrolet spinner steering wheel. The car’s exterior is augmented by a set of exceedingly rare “shark teeth” wheel discs, an accessory wheel cover initially seen on 1940 Chevrolets. Reportedly, with WWII on the horizon, dealers were instructed to install any remaining shark teeth wheel discs onto their 1941 models before they were lost to scrap for the war effort.
Winner of several local and regional show competitions, this Special Deluxe Convertible comes from a private Santa Barbara, California, collection. The car is an outstanding example of a much-loved American convertible and is perfectly suited to show, tour, and enjoy.