The 1942 Chevrolet Master DeLuxe and Special DeLuxe were introduced in September of 1941, and by then, with thousands of young men already called up by the military, it was obvious that full U.S. participation in World War II was imminent.

In most respects the 1942 Chevrolet Master DeLuxe and Special DeLuxe models were identical to the 1941 versions. The difference was a new grille and front fenders that now extended partway across the doors.

1942 Chevrolet Special DeLuxe convertible
The 1942 Chevrolet Special DeLuxe convertible was Chevy's
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Color choices clearly reflected what was on everyone's mind: Volunteer Green, Ensign Blue, Torpedo Gray, and Martial Maroon. Outselling all other 1942 Chevrolet Master DeLuxe and Special DeLuxe models was the Fleetline Aerosedan, a stylish two-door fastback.

In the wake of the December 7, 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the government decreed that to conserve scarce metals, cars built after January 1, 1942, were to use no brightwork apart from chrome-plated bumpers. Grilles, belt moldings, and hubcaps were painted in contrasting colors, creating what became known as "blackout" models.

The pace of production slowed, and on February 1, 1942, by government decree, the nation's automobile assembly lines came to a halt in favor of tanks, planes, and thousands of other implements of war. Americans had no idea when they'd next see new cars roll out of Detroit.

1942 Chevrolet Special DeLuxe Sport Sedan
The Special DeLuxe Sport Sedan was the best-selling four-door.

1942 Chevrolet Master DeLuxe and Special DeLuxe Facts

Model
Weight range (lbs.)
Price range (new)
Number built
BG Master DeLuxe
3,055-3,110
$760-$840
81,496
BH Special DeLuxe
3,070-3,425
$815-$1,095
­97,004

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