The name says it all. This 1941 Dodge Luxury Liner convertible is the pinnacle of luxury, design, and presence for pre-war production cars. And we bet you haven’t seen one of these at a car show lately. So when you want to standout in all the best ways, this is the period-correct rare treat.
The Luxury Liner name comes from the era in Dodge’s D-series cars where they really started to understand design. The headlights were not only integrated into the fenders, but also are an extension of the grille design. The beige paint has a nice luster that makes sunshine-friendly droptop look great on the open road. And even on gray days the well-coordinated tan folding roof and larger glasshouse of the Luxury Liner gives this one nice lines with the top up. There’s plenty of flair on everything from the classic hood ornament to the wire wheels (with whitewalls, of course.) And we all love the style of that trim line that run unbroken from the pointed hood all the way until it parallels the taillights that give a hint at the tailfin era that was to come after the war. In fact, this plays an interesting role in history. American manufactures were well into wartime planning by the time this 1941 Luxury Liner was built. That makes it from that sliver of optimism that came in-between The Great Depression and before cars were switched to wartime production. So there’s always going to be something special of a well-presented classic that holds onto reminders of a special bygone era.
The tan interior with plenty of brightwork looks great in this ’40s classic. Button-top vinyl seats mean you have equal parts comfort and durability. And since this is from the era when “compact car” had never been heard, there’s plenty of room for family and friends. The detail work is amazing. Items like the four-spoke steering wheel and dash panel are worth a small fortune on their own, and so it’s always worth it to have a Dodge as complete as this one. And as you do spend time behind the wheel, there’s nothing quite as cool as the symmetrical Art Deco design flowing across the front.
The 217 cubic inch inline-six is exactly the motor that should be under the hood of this very period-correct convertible. We know you’ll love showing off the details like its oil bath air cleaner, proper decals, correct generator, and so much more. But beyond just a showpiece, this one was built to really drive. Torquey and smooth, the flathead motor easily moves this easy-cruising droptop, and it has proven itself to be as reliable as an anvil. Plus, the column-mounted “Fluid Drive” three-speed manual transmission makes sure you get the most out of the engine. Strong brakes and a comfort-tuned independent front suspension are more reasons why Chrysler products were so ahead of their time. And all of this means that even thought this one stays quite close to original specs, it’s quite a peach to drive today.
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Originally listed on February 4, 2018. Older listings are displayed for reference and probably will not be available.