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Interesting article on the 1941-'42 Chrysler Navajo and Thunderbird interior trim option,


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The excellent article linked in this tread takes for a fact that Highlander was a series on its own back in 1940. This is a claim also made by several other sources. However, I can find nothing supporting there was a separate Highlander series in neither sales literature nor in the 1940 Parts List.  Both my previous NewYorker Coupe with cloth interior and my NewYorker with Highlander Trim were part of the same VIN run as stated for all NewYorkers. Refer also the dealer issued service policy for the NewYorker with Highlander trim, clearly stating it was a New Yorker when sold new on March 16, 1940. Proud owner was Edwin F Miles who kept the car as his main means of transportation for 25+ years.

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I was able to find in my collection factory memos about these" Special Trim Jobs' dating from October of 1941. Three different jobs are mentioned.

 

1.    " Red, White and Blue Convertibles -  10 jobs  (Chrysler Victory Model) Blue plastic cloth,                  Red leather, White leather, Red Carpet and Plastic Robe Cord"  The convertible was painted white. At least one was produced as there are factory photos of it and it is mentioned in the same article in the Chrysler Picto-gram as the Navajo trim. I think it appears in the YouTube videos of Roosevelt's 1942 visit the Chrysler Tank Arsenal

2.       " Chimayo Indian Trim – 100 jobs

- Sedans: -10 with the Thunderbird Design. -20  with the Good Luck Design (similar to the late 1941 Special Trim Job =Navajo)

.  Convertibles: -40 with the          Thunderbird Design. -30 with the Good Luck Design. At least two produced, both convertibles one in each pattern, as can be seen from the factory photographs.

3. 3.     "  Convertible Coupes – Plastic Cushion & Backs – 100 jobs  (this is the ‘Saran’ fabric)

           Town & Country – Plastic Cushion and Backs – 100 jobs    (this is the Saran fabric)

 

        Breakdown as follows:    Red & Ivory Combinations   -80%. Ecru & Blue Combinations   -20%"

The memos during October highlighted the challenge of getting the fabric orders from the suppliers filled so production could begin. An October 20th memo indicated that all the fabric for the 100 Chimayo cars was in hand and it was up to Sales to schedule production. The Victory models and the Saran interiors were more of a challenge as the plastic thread was produced by Dow Chemical, then shipped to one supplier, Haywood-Wakefield in Mass. At that plant there was only one loom for the three colors which slowed things way down. Another supplier was brought on, Ypsilanti Reed Company of Ionia, MI and production of the Victory model fabric was shifted there. production who wove it into fabric and then shipped back to Chrysler Detroit. From this information I think that by the end of October, 1941 all the necessary upholstery supplies were in hand and the anticipated production of the 310 Special Trim Jobs depended on the number of orders from Chrysler Distributors and Direct Dealers. All of this was subject to demand. On September 22, 1941 the Office of Price Management order a curtailment of December 41 production of 48.3% over 1940 levels. It looks like mid-October to the end of November would have been the prime time for these cars to be built.

Who knows, maybe one of the 'Chimayo Indian Trim' jobs will emerge from a barn!

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