1941 Dodge Coupe Is All Business and Available on Hemmings Auctions

1941 dodge coupe is all business and available on hemmings auctions

The heyday of the door-to-door salesman is well in the rearview mirror, but the cars specially made for them still hold a spot in automotive enthusiasts’ hearts. Before the near ubiquitous existence of SUVs and pickup trucks, business coupes served those salespeople as no other model could. The two-door, single bench seat models were equipped with cavernous trunks that extended deep to where a back seat normally would have been. With their truncated roof lines, they cut a unique profile during their peak from the 1930s into the 1950s.

This 1941 Dodge Deluxe Business Coupe now available on Hemmings Auctions looks to be an excellent example of the type: long hood, small bubble for a roofline and a trunk just as long as the hood to accommodate samples, tools or whatever its driver needed. The business coupe was among the least expensive models in Dodge’s lowest-priced Deluxe D19 range, starting at just $862 in 1941.

1941 dodge coupe is all business and available on hemmings auctions

1941 Dodge Business Coupe, rear quarter

Straight-Six Power

Using a pejorative phrase that the company dropped after the model year, it labeled its 218-cu.in. L-head straight-six the “Dodge Scotch Dynamite Engine,” perhaps attempting to appeal to customers’ sense of thrift and desire for power at the same time. (Dodge went with “Power-Flow” to describe their engines in 1942.)

Chrysler L-head, inline-six engines developed a reputation for reliability over the years and the 91 horsepower/170 lb-ft engine in this car was built to the same standards. The seller indicates the engine is original here and functions properly.

1941 dodge coupe is all business and available on hemmings auctions

1941 Dodge Business Coupe 218-cu.in. L-head inline-six engine

Fluid Drive Transmission

This Dodge is equipped with the optional Fluid Drive dual-range two-speed, semi-automated gearbox that replaced the flywheel with a hydraulic coupling. Chrysler’s Fluid Drive changed the way people drove and served as a waypoint to a true Mopar automatic, which was still well over a decade off in 1941.

With the Fluid Drive transmission, the driver initially shifted into first gear with the clutch when starting from standstill and the car would automatically shift into second, or the high range of first gear. The clutch was then used to shift into third and fourth came automatically, though technically both were second gear, with a low and high range split. Even the kickdown for acceleration was designed to be automatic.

1941 dodge coupe is all business and available on hemmings auctions

1941 Dodge Business Coupe interior

But the powertrain isn’t what makes this Dodge special, it’s the business coupe body. The appeal of hot rodding such a curvaceous body is understandable, but this one appears to remain stock with a restoration that is holding up well. The Seaplane Dark Blue finish is noted to be a redo in its factory-original color. There are no obvious blemishes noted in the photos, nor are there any elements of the brightwork that do not look as presentable.

Under the hood and the chassis both remain in a nearly just-finished state. The engine bay looks clean with no evidence of coolant or oil leaks. A pair of long horns are mounted above the cylinder head. The plug wires, filters and other components in the engine bay all look like new, with only a few auxiliary wires snugged up with electrical tape to keep things tidy.

1941 dodge coupe is all business and available on hemmings auctions

1941 Dodge Business Coupe trunk open

Oversized Trunk

The blue color scheme carries over to the interior, which features striped blue cloth upholstery on the seat as well as the interior door panels. All of the fabric looks to be in excellent condition, as does the blue painted dash, blue carpet and white steering wheel. The spare tire rests in a cubby just behind the driver’s position, but still separated from the trunk area by a bulkhead.

The cavernous trunk, which looks like it would put any modern compact or midsize SUV to shame in usable cargo capacity—and probably some full-size ones, too—appears to have also been redone to the same high standards as the rest of the car. The carpeted cargo area extends the length of the trunk all the way to the back seat, taking up space that a conventional car would use for rear passengers.

Head on over to Hemmings Auctions to take a closer look at this 1941 Dodge Business Coupe and its long-forgotten body style and ask yourself: What would I carry in that trunk?

1941 dodge coupe is all business and available on hemmings auctions

1941 Dodge Business Cop

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