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Owner of the Windsor Highlander, Pat Abbott

For the 1941 model year, Chrysler offered its entry-level, L-head six-cylinder Series 28 in a wide variety of body styles divided up into three trim levels: the Royal, the Windsor, and the Windsor Highlander. The Windsor Highlander was the most expensive and prestigious of these models distinguished by a trim package shared with the larger Chrysler New Yorker including standard leather interior with inserts of tartan plaid. Probably the most interesting feature of Pat’s Highlander is the Fluid Drive transmission system that allows the driver to stop and start without using the clutch pedal, or “Safety Clutch” as it is labeled. The car is not a manual, and not really an automatic. The column shifter can be shifted into 3 positions: reverse, low range, or high range. The clutch pedal is required to shift from one of these positions to the other, but not needed after that. The low range and high range positions each have a low gear and high gear

The 1941 Chrysler Windsor Highlander has a standard leather interior with inserts of tartan plaid.

1941 Chrysler Windsor Highlander Price New

$1,020 - $1,420

Production

Between 1,000 and 1,500 made

Horsepower

110 @ 3600 RPM

Cubic Inches

241.5

Wheelbase

121.5 inches

Length

210.0 inches

Weight

3,135 - 3,661 pounds

that are automatically shifted by the transmission without any input from the driver. When driving the car in the high range, stopping requires simply applying the brakes to stop and hitting the accelerator to go, no clutch is needed. It is interesting to note that there is no park position in the transmission, so the parking brake

must always be used, or the car could just roll away. When Pat received the car near the end of July of this year, other than being repainted to its current color from the original black paint, it was pretty much as it left the factory with just under 30,000 miles. Pat is the fourth owner of the Highlander, the first being an undertaker that hardly drove the car which is probably the reason why it retains such low mileage today. The Highlander still sports it’s all original interior including the unusual red tartan plaid cloth and leather upholstery. Since owning the car, Pat has driven it around 500 miles, rolling the odometer over the 30,000-mile mark. He is an active member of the Mohican Model A Ford Club and this fall drove it on the club’s fall foliage tour racking up about 100 miles for the day. Pat plans on driving the car and enjoys demonstrating how the unusual transmission works to anyone that is interested.

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