The Corpus Christi Old Car Museum Auction

Lot 186
1941 Chevrolet Custom Coupe

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1941 Chevrolet  Custom Coupe

CHASSIS NO: 5411027B

• Fully customized “Fat Fender” Chevy coupe
• Wild combination street rod/custom with 1980s-90s twist
• Small-block Chevy V-8 power; extensive billet goodies
• Fully updated interior with digital instruments

Small-block Chevrolet V-8 engine, Edelbrock four-barrel carburetor, automatic transmission, independent front suspension, live rear axle, hydraulic front disc, rear drum brakes; wheelbase: 116”

Having returned to popularity after the success of George Lucas’ iconic movie “American Graffiti,” street rods and custom cars of the 1970s and early 1980s were usually based on prewar Ford models. As supplies of those once-plentiful cars dried up, builders moved to the more plentiful cars of the 1940s that still remained available from Ford, Chevy, Plymouth, and other American makes as the basic canvas for their automotive artistry.

A key development in this growing trend was Californian hot rodder “Fat Jack” Robinson and his 1946 Ford coupe, a dual-threat car with classic style, modern construction quality and presentation. Capable of street cruising, just like in the old days, Robinson’s coupe was also fearsome on the dragstrip; that is, until he wrecked the car on one furious blast. However, Robinson proved his point well before his mishap with the car, which was a cover car for Hot Rod magazine’s June 1985 issue. Hailed as the progenitor of a whole new trend in the custom-car hobby, Robinson’s “Fat Attack” Ford inspired a whole new wave of builders with its wild looks, details and performance.

Featuring decidedly smooth bodylines and wild two-tone custom paint, this 1941 Chevrolet custom coupe is an eye-popping example of the “Fat Attack” custom trend of the 1980s and 1990s. The product of much labor, time and money invested, its custom tweaks are numerous, including a radically chopped roofline, headlamps relocated behind the radiator grille, chopped glass all around, shaved chrome and handles, and the addition of modern rearview mirrors plus frenched modern taillights. The old “Stovebolt Six” was replaced by a modern Chevy small-block V-8 engine, topped by an Edelbrock four-barrel carburetor and twin-element air cleaner, mated to an automatic transmission. Dressed in a wide array of billet aluminum goodies, the healthy small-block is cooled by a modern radiator and electric fan. Inside, the fully customized interior features black and yellow-accented upholstery, bucket seats, electronic gauges and air-conditioning. Featuring a wicked presence with its bold colors and raked stance, this 1941 Chevrolet Custom Coupe stands ready to carry the “Fat Attack” to a whole new generation.

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