The copy that came with this press photo from January 30, 1942 states that completed cars were coming off the assembly line at the rate of three a minute when it was shot. There was good reason for all that hustle: the line would shut down to retool for war production at midnight on the 31st. They still managed to crank out 152,427 units in that abbreviated model year, slightly fewer than Ford but nowhere near the more than 254,000 that would roll out the door at Chevrolet.
While most were eagerly snapped up by civilian buyers, we’ve heard that some were held in reserve for later sale to essential service agencies. Any information you might have on the subject would be most welcome. All U.S. car production would cease in early February. You can take a look back and see more than two hundred pages of photos from the nineteen twenties, thirties and early forties on The Old Motor. Photo courtesy of the Benjamin Ames Collection.