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The Driven Snow: 1941

The Driven Snow: 1941

September 1941. "Car covered with snow after early fall blizzard on ranch in mountains near Aspen, Colorado." Medium format negative by Marion Post Wolcott for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

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A thin chrome rounded window frame means that this Buick is a convertible.

When Better Cars Are Built

With so much snow cover enough details are still visible to tell that this is a 1941 Buick. The model is probably a Special which was built on both a 118 and a 121 inch wheelbase this year, but it could also be a Super as it also was built on the 121 inch wheelbase. The larger Century, Roadmaster and Limited had longer wheelbases and more space between the end of the front fender and the door so it cannot be one of those models. Buick had its best year to date with 316,251 cars produced during calendar year 1941 and model year production of 377,428 automobiles.

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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