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Dodge built only 72,067 Custom 4-door sedans in the Town line. See more classic car pictures.

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The four-door version of the 1941 Dodge Custom Town sedan was the most popular of its line.

At the time, Chrysler Corporation ranked a solid number two in the American auto industry in 1941. Model year production of 1,042,014 bested a slipping Ford Motor Company by a quarter-million.

Dodge, Chrysler's second best-selling nameplate, accounted for 237,002 units.

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Its popularity was assured by an effective facelift featuring a wider horizontal-bar grille, a more prominent "beak," and new taillights. Although they could still be ordered, running boards had all but disappeared.

The engine of Custom Town sedan powered 3,234 pounds of curb weight.

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Popular accessories included fender skirts, turn signals, bumper guards, and Fluid Drive, the semi-automatic transmission Dodge had debuted for 1940. Prices started at $861 for the DeLuxe business coupe.

The Town sedan shown here features rear quarter windows.

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Including two- and four-door sedans, 45 percent of sales went to the lower-line models. For about $100 more, Dodge offered the Custom series, which added "Airfoam" seat cushions, additional exterior brightwork, a passenger's door armrest, and twin electric windshield wipers.

The Custom Town sedan featured extra airform cushions.

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Dodge only built 72,067 Custom four-door Town sedans at a base price of $999. A sleeker Town Sedan with rear quarter windows, like the car featured here, came only as a Custom and cost $63 more. It found only 16,074 buyers.

A 217.8-cid L-head six rated at 91 horsepower -- up four -- propelled 3,234 pounds of curb weight, resulting in

"leisurely" acceleration at best. No matter -- the rear bumper branded this Dodge a "Luxury Liner" not a hot rod.

Elegance of line characterizes the 1941 Dodge. This Dodge Custom Town sedan would be right at home at any country club anywhere in America.

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