Ford asserted its 1941 De Luxe and Super De Luxe versions were “New in every respect.” Although they did not have square wheels or independent front suspensions, the Fords introduced nationwide in September 1940 at greater than 6000 dealerships had a great deal of changes.
Cars in the two lines were larger with bodies mounted on ladder frames which were believed to be “doubled in rigidity.” Interior appointments were entirely redesigned. Ford added a brand new Sedan Coupe body design to the Super De Luxe series. It combined the Tudor Sedan; Coupe; Convertible Club Coupe; Fordor Sedan; and Station Wagon from the company’s high line. The Tudor, Fordor, Coupe and station also came in De Luxe trim.
Ford’s flathead V-8 has been advertised as the sole engine of its kind available from the low-priced-car (less compared to 2000) field. “Acceleration in first and second gears is faster than any previous Ford Cars,” stated the Dearborn automaker, requiring good care to capitalize on the term “car.”
Improved railroad quality was pinpointed as the most outstanding advancement in 1941 Fords and this had been due largely to the bigger size of the newest versions. Contributing variables were a lengthened 111-in. Wheelbase, an higher spring span of 125 in. Plus a 194-in. Overall duration.
Softer, slower-action springs, enhanced hydraulic shock absorbers and a redesigned ride stabilizer also led to a better journey. Inside were broader chairs with cushions which were constructed with a gentle “floating edge.”
There was headroom and legroom in each version. A 56-in.-wide chair at the Fordor was in. Wider than in 1940. The added span of these automobiles also allowed wider doorways. For instance, the door opening at the Tudor Sedan — Ford’s best selling version — has been greater than 3-1/2-ft. broad and extended well following front chair to offer easier access into the rear seat.
The split seat backs at the Tudor Sedan and Coupe versions took an inward swing since they leaned forward. Of course, the broader bodies let wider windshields and door windows. The back window closed automobiles was expanded as well as the glass curved with the back deck shape.
Also enlarged were Ford bag compartments which accommodated many additional large traveling bags and smaller traveling instances. The spare wheel has been mounted vertically from the luggage compartment, which was lined and had a rubber floor mat.
Due into the broader 1941 bodies, hardly any of the conducting board revealed outside the body sills. The door bottoms covered except a narrow strip of conducting board. On that the outside of the human body, the door handles have been integrated to the belt moldings, which makes the cars seem more. The sealed-beam headlamps were mounted far apart to the massive 1941 front fenders to help nighttime driving visibility.
The Tudor Sedan had a fastback look. The Coupe kept sporty two-door lines between the two unique variants provided. One Coupe had two back supplemental seats good for occasional passengers. The additional Coupe, that a single-seat edition, took advantage of a 6-in. -wider chair which, together with the column-mounted Finger-Tip Gearshift, allowed three individuals to fit indoors. In another Coupe, that the seatbacks were hinged to permit passengers to access into the adjoining chairs.
A brand new Super De Luxe Sedan Coupe coupled the streamlined magnificence of this coupe layout with ample seating space for six individuals. “It makes a distinctive personal car with a custom-built appearance,” stated Ford. “And it provides real comfort for occasional rear seat passengers.” A folding front seat rear let back seat entry of the version, which had another roofline compared to Coupe to let additional rear seat passenger space.
Ford’s Super De Luxe Club Convertible Club Coupe comprised an automatic high controlled by electric motors instead of their prior vacuum system. One advantage of the shift was that the shirt may be raised or lowered without the motor running.
The interior trims and hardware to get 1941 were created with both utility and beauty in mind. Rich colours and well tailored substance harmonized with inside metal trim. Super De Luxe versions provided upholstery in Mohair or a blend of Bedford Cord and Broadcloth Weave. Convertibles had real tan leather chair cushions. Door manage hardware has been chrome plated.
Ford tool panel stylists made sure the indicators — such as a generator charge index — may be clearly seen through the two-spoke steering wheel. The Super De Luxe panel had a woodgrain finish with grey plastic fittings. The panel comprised a clock; cigarette lighter; ash tray; glove box lock; panel lighting dimmer switch; windshield wiper speed controller; newcomer switch and speaker grille to get radio-equipped cars. The radiator hood lock has been commanded with a handle on the driver’s left in the vehicle.
The Super De Luxe steering wheel had a chromed half-moon ring set between the middle and outside edges of the wheel which commanded Twin Air Electric horns. The Super De Luxe versions also had hand cranks to open and shut the port windows.
De Luxe versions came in Black, Harbor Gray and Cayuga Blue. The Super De Luxe versions provided these colours also Lockhaven Green, Mayfair Maroon and Palisade Gray. The bigger 1941 Ford were really “Big Deals,” however they never really attained the popularity of this 1940 versions, making a hot pole icon.
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Ford courtesy cars at 1941 presidential inauguration
With this being a presidential election year, we are reminded of a Ford application of this 1940s that provided cars for events which range from a presidential inauguration into American Legion and Lions International actions. Known as “courtesy cars,” the vehicles represented a good-mannered method to create publicity to its Ford V-8.
The largest news in America on Jan. 20, 1941, was the third largest inauguration of President Franklin D. Roosevelt at Washington, D.C. One characteristic of FDR’s elaborate inaugural parade in that town was a mile-long procession of 140 Ford V-8 versions that transported visiting state governors and their official households and friends.
In what Ford called “the governors’ Ford fleet in the inaugural parade,” an unbelievable 140 1941 Ford Tudors and Fordors, all painted light colours (possibly all the exact same colour ), were pushed off in the capitol building. They went across the District of Columbia’s Pennsylvania Avenue, in three long rows. The automobiles were headed by a squadron of bike policemen riding eight abreast, with enormous crowds lining each side of the broad avenue.
Governors seen in the inauguration included Robert A. Hurley of Connecticut, Prentice Cooper of Tennessee, John W. Bricker of Ohio, Sam Jones of Louisiana and Julius P. Hall of Wisconsin. Governor Eugene Talmadge of all Georgia attended along with his wife and their daughter Margaret.
Brigadier General L.F. Wing showed up in the Ford parade with Governor William H. Willis of Vermont. The inauguration’s General Chairman Joseph E. Davies — that the prior United States Ambassador into Russia — has been photographed scrutinizing one of those Fords utilized from the parade.
Politicians riding at the Ford sedans were kept warm using the automobile heaters, however when outside in the open, overcoats, furs and hats were the order of their afternoon. Most of those governors wore different fashions of fedoras, but Governor Willis had on a derby and Alabama Governor Frank M. Dixon was observed in a top coat . )
Apparently, Ford Motor Co. ‘s 1941 courtesy car program was rather large and provided cars for other big events. A fleet of approximately 75 dark-colored sedans, many wearing fender skirts, were allocated into the American Legion Convention held in Milwaukee, Wis. , that summertime. Branch Manager G.F. Nelson introduced the automobiles to Legion officials in the Lincoln Memorial Bridge on the coast of Lake Michigan. A couple of months before this, a very long line of 1941 Ford convertibles painted different colours directed the Mardi Gras Parade, which welcomed 14,000 associates of Lions International into New Orleans.
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