Wartime car production - Big Three


The lack of 1943-1945 model-year cars reminds us that the country’s great auto industry, by government decree, ceased civilian car and truck production in early February 1942 and switched to producing a wide gamut of military hardware. With raw materials diverted for wartime production, carmakers substituted painted trim for chrome on final 1942 models, giving them a drab appearance.

This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://www.hagerty.com/articles-videos/Articles/2015/05/22/Wartime-cars