gpcox – When Making a Car Was Illegal

Judy was kind enough to invite me back for my fourth guest post. She did a wonderful job of displaying what information I gave her and added some of her own. I hope you will all enjoy the article and take a moment to tell us what you think of it or even add your own thoughts on the subject. Thank you for coming.

"Greatest Generation" Life Lessons

This is the latest Guest Post from gpcox all about the vehicles in service during World War II and a little about what the American Family had to sacrifice back home.

When Making a Car Was Illegal

After Pearl Harbor, President Roosevelt ordered all car manufacturers to cease the production of private automobiles and convert the factories to produce military

vehicles, weaponry, airplane engines, parts, etc.  But, this would not put an end to man’s love affair with the automobile.  A car manual became priceless to a private owner and a truck manual was an absolute necessity for a farmer or businessman.  With the rationing of gasoline in the U.S., the “National Victory Speed” was 35 mph and driving clubs were encouraged. (Our modern day car-pools).

Automobiles were produced in massive quantities before the Great Depression and this brought the price down considerably.  Then, the stock market crashed and many…

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About GP

Everett Smith served with the Headquarters Company, 187th Regiment, 11th A/B Division during WWII. This site is in tribute to my father, "Smitty." GP is a member of the 11th Airborne Association. Member # 4511 and extremely proud of that fact!

Posted on March 12, 2013, in Home Front, Uncategorized, WWII and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 12 Comments.

  1. When the car companys heard that they were probably like noooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    • Actually it was the other way around; the government paid for their equipment to be converted and the companies were paid fortunes for the products they delivered – the auto companies became bigger and stronger and richer than ever!


  2. So interesting. Of course, even though I’m a woman, I prefer cars to houses. I’d live in a shack if it could have enough garages for a variety of cars 🙂


  3. I did enjoy your guest post. I had no idea there were such restrictions on private motor vehicle production at that time. Most of things we were told about the war period concerned conditions in Britain.


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