1941 Chrysler Windsor
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Chrysler: A Brief HistoryChrysler came into being in 1924 when Walter P. Chrysler realized his longtime dream of building a car of his own creation. Previously, he had been a plant manager at Buick for nine years, and then took over the management of Wills-Overland. He remained there for two years, then moved on to try to salvage a badly faltering Maxwell-Chalmers.
With the immeasurable help of three wizard engineers - Fred Zeder, Owen Skelton and Carl Breer - a prototype Chrysler was in the works by mid-1923. The finished car was introduced to the automotive world in January 1924 at New York's Hotel Commodore and caused a sensation. Here was a completely new car, highly styled, wîth a six-cylinder engine of only 201 cubic inches, but developing 68 bhp thanks to a high compression ratio. Four-wheel hydraulic brakes, aluminum pistons, full-pressure lubrication and tubular front axle, all for only $1,395, represented a tremendous value. The public responded by buying 32,000 Chryslers in 1924 - a first year sales record for the at that time.
Chrysler developed his already-strong company by adding to and improving upon existing strengths from within the group, thereby weathering the worst of the Depression in relatively good form. But the company stumbled badly wîth the 1934 Airflow, a car of dramatic streamlined style and highly advanced construction which nevertheless was a bit too advanced to sit well wîth the public's taste of that time.
The new Chrysler for 1937 were designed by Ray Dietrich and helped the company recover its market share. Then in 1940-41, Chrysler again startled the automotive world wîth the gorgeous Newport - a concept car designed by Ralph Roberts of LeBaron.
In February 1942, Chrysler, wîth the rest of the Ú.S. auto , halted automobile production to concentrate on producing materials for the war effort.
The 1941 Chrysler Windsor
Chrysler's successful Fluid Drive transmission, offering 'clutchless' shifting, became standard on all models in 1941, while the styling was updated from the 1940 cars wîth a slightly wider body, larger glass area and new grille treatment. The §teering wheel was redesigned to offer greater driver visibility. For the more traditional Chrysler customer, running boards were still an available option for '41. The big news inside the cars was the special Highlander Plaid interior offered on certain models, a feature that would be carried into the Town & Country series after WWII.
It carries the scarce and desirable Highlander Plaid interior option and is one of only 4,432 Chrysler Windsor convertibles produced in 1941. The number of these cars extant is unknown, as is the number of cars originally ordered wîth Highlander Plaid.
The correct-green repaint and tan fabric top complement the colorful interior quite nicely. Driving ease is assured by the Fluid Drive and highly reliable operation is a given thanks to Chrysler's simple, rugged and well-proven flathead six-cylinder engine.
This attractive prewar convertible is eligible for any number of vintage car activities including Antique Automobile Club of America judging meets and tours, and Chrysler marque club events. It also offers the pleasant option of simply dropping the top and heading off to the kind of winding back roads that beckoned when this car was new.Source - Gooding & Company
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