Did You Know ?

August 4 , 2001
Last week we received an inquiry from Dennis of Florida:

Q. I know Chevrolet didn't build cars for consumers during World War II, but I'm curious to know what they did build for the war effort?

A. Indeed, Chevrolet did convert its manufacturing capabilities to meet the needs of the war. Civilian production of automobiles ended on January 30, 1942. In the photo above you can see a photo of women and men producing one of over 8 million shells produced in Chevrolet factories.

In addition to over 500,000 trucks and cars for use by our militaries, Chevrolet produced a variety of war products from 1942-1945. Pratt & Whitney aircraft engines totallying 60,000, wing and fuseage compenents to by used by Grumman Aircraft Company.

Perhaps the most remarkable numbers are in ammunition related products: 2,000 90mm guns, 200 million pounds of aluminum forgings, 5.7 million pounds of magnesium castings, and two billion pounds of grey iron castings. Other items included: armored cars, 75mm shells, and aluminum castings.

Chevrolet placed ads in several magazines like the one shown above to promote it's efforts in the war (click on the poster above to see a full view image).


Other Chevrolet Questions Answered:

When has Chevrolet been the automotive sales leader?

Did Chevrolet make a Superior model in 1922?

Did Chevrolet ever build a 1911 model ?

Can you tell me about the first V-8 offered by Chevrolet ?

Can you tell me if 1958 was the first year for the Impala ?

Was John Delorean in some way related to Chevrolet ?

What did Chevrolet build for the WWII war effort ?

Did the louvers on the 1968 Corvette have a purpose ?

Did Chevrolet ever build a 1967 or 1968 Camaro with a 427 cubic inch engine?

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