In 1941, more than 3 million cars were manufactured in the US. Only 139 more were made during the entire war.
War production profoundly changed the American industry. Companies already engaged in defense work expanded. Others, like the automobile industry, were transformed completely.
In 1941, more than three million cars were manufactured in the United States. Only 139 more were made during the entire war.
Instead, Chrysler made fuselages. General Motors made airplane engines, guns, trucks, and tanks. Packard made Rolls-Royce engines for the British air force. And at its vast Willow Run plant in Ypsilanti, Michigan, the Ford Motor Company performed something like a miracle 24-hours a day. The average Ford car had some 15,000 parts. The B-24 Liberator long-range bomber had 1,550,000. One came off the line every 63 minutes.