Taking A 1941 Chevy Business Coupe For A Spin
After spending a couple of days visiting with Bob’s sister, Claire, and her husband, Martin, in Bowser, British Columbia, Martin suggested it was time to roll out his 1941 Chevy Business Coupe and take it for a spin. I was thrilled as I have always had a love of vintage automobiles right from the time I was a little girl.
The 1941 Chevy is a vehicle that Martin and Claire have put much labour and love into restoring. Today, it would cost hundreds of dollars just to replace the bumper and fenders on this car, but back in 1941, this Special Deluxe Business Coupe sold for the huge sticker price of $770.
Now the reason they called this Chevy a business coupe is that it was built for use by traveling salesmen. The car only has two doors and two front seats, behind which is a large space where the traveling businessman would have stored his wares.
The love of Chevy’s is nothing new in my own family, too. Many decades ago, here in Ontario, my dad, Marvin, was the proud owner of a 1937 Chevy Master Deluxe two-door sedan. Here, we see him showing his affection for his new car.
Over the decades, my dad has owned a long line of different automobiles. Today, at age 90, he still drives himself around town, and whenever he decides it’s time to buy a new car, there is always a twinkle in his eyes.
Here, some 60-odd years later, it was my turn to have a glint in my eyes as Martin allowed me to sit at the wheel of his cherished Chevrolet.
When it was Bob’s turn to try sitting behind the wheel, Martin threw out a question, “how do you start the car?” Try as he might, Bob was unable to figure out the trick, much to Martin’s delight. Get in touch with us if you know the secret!
As we learned, under the hood is a 216.5 cubic-inch six-cylinder engine that produces 90 horsepower. And not surprising given what happened at Pearl Harbour on November 7, 1941, this engine was named the “Victory Six”. On December 8, 1941, the United States entered World War II, and on February 2, 1942, all civilian passenger-car production was ordered to a halt. On top of that, the bright blue colour was no longer used to paint wartime vehicles.
After having a look at the meticulous restoration work done under the hood by Claire and Martin, it was time to take this beauty out for a spin around Deep Bay Harbour. I could hardly wait to hear the roar of that V-6 engine in all its gutsy, rhythmic tones.
As we passed neighbours and fellow motorists, a knowing cheerful greeting rose from their lips. The Chevy was a reminder of simpler times, but maybe for some, it sparked a memory of wartime strife. Either way, I was proud to be behind the…dashboard. Martin was responsible for finessing the unfamiliar dials and controls as we careened down the lane.
After a short turn about the local community, and then with the 1941 Chevy again stationed in the yard, I stood back and admired the sleek contours and aristocratic mien of the beautiful blue car. How proud Martin’s father must have been when he saved this quality car from languishing forgotten in some old barn. He did a service for the lovers of vintage automobiles. It just took Claire and Martin’s skilled hands to bring it back to life.
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