This 1942 Dodge Deluxe was purchased in late October of 1997. The car had been stored since 1965 in a garage located in Ithica, Nebraska. Unfortunately, a plastic tarp used to protect the car actually caused the paint to begin pealing. After completely rebuilding the brake system, replacing the gas tank, rebuilding the carburetor, changing the fluids and performing a general clean-up, this car was successfully restarted and back on the road in August of 1998. An on frame restoration was begun in 1999 and the car was back on the road in 2001. The engine was rebuilt in 2008.
The 1942 Dodge is somewhat rare due to the fact that production American cars was halted in January of 1942. Automobile manufacturer’s switched their production over to war time efforts, as the United States entered World War II. Dodge sales were ceased on February 21, 1942. Only 13,343 four door Deluxe Sedans were manufactured in 1942, compared to the 49,579 produced the year prior. A total of 68,522 1942 Dodge Cars were produced in the United States compared to the 236,999 produced in 1941. It is believed that this cars first owner was the United States Government. The Dodge Deluxe Base price was $998.00 but with many options (Fluid Drive, radio, heater, clock, cigar lighter, antenna, sun visor, turn signals and seat covers), it probably sold for a couple hundred dollars more. The seat covers were removed during the initial clean-up and the original seats were found to be in excellent condition as you can see.. Of interest, Dodge slogan was “The New Dodge” even back in 1942.
4 years later, Dodge reintroduced their cars to the public in March of 46 with the new 1946 models, after the war was over.
My Cutlass is my first car which I am still driving as my summer car. I bought it for 700 dollars of an old man in CT where it was garaged and hardly ever used. The car has no rust and currently has 97,000 on it.
230 CU. IN L-Head 6 Cylinder
Single Barrel Down-Draft Carburetor
3 Speed Fluid Drive Transmission
Independent Front Suspension
Leaf Spring Rear Suspension
Hydraulic, Telescopic Double Action Shocks
Vacuum Windshield Wipers
Color: Bombardier Blue
Interior: Pile Fabric
Vehicle Weight: 3,195lbs.
Production: 13,343 (4 door Deluxe)
Model Number: D-22
estimated 350+ HP
Rocket 350 V8
8 Tube Radio
Front Bumper & Guards
Rear Bumper & Guards
Bench Seats, Lower Door Trim Delete
pretty much a no options car
The car is unique on its own due to the short production. I accessorize with items and information of the Homefront efforts such as Rationing books, stickers, stamps, tokens and valentine card, a 48 star flag, Newspapers announcing the bombing of Pearl Harbor and more.
# 5 heads decked ,new valves, edelbrock valve springs (roughly 9.5-1 compression)
Lunati Voodoo cam
Vintage Edelbrock OL4B Intake
4 Barrel Quadrajet
4.56 Eaton Posi, Richmond gears 28 Spline axles
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