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In the Garage: 1941 Dodge business coupe

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The owner: Ruth and Ernie Louison (1998)

What makes it interesting: Sporting a 47-cubic-foot trunk, this "Luxury Liner" coupe was popular with traveling sales people in the 1940s. The Louisons' friend in Massachusetts remade the car into a hot rod over a two-year period. "Gone was the (original) flathead, six-cylinder engine and 'Fluid Drive' transmission," Ernie Louison said. "In their places were a '68 Dodge 318-cubic-inch V8 with four-barrel carburetor, and a Dodge 'A904' automatic transmission." The Louisons added air conditioning, power steering, power disc brakes and special gauges in a handmade dash.

Where they found it: It was advertised in a classic car magazine by an owner who lived only five blocks from their Brooklyn home.Condition: "The body has over two dozen slight to moderate modifications, including 'smoothing' out most of the body seams, building a rolled steel rear lower body pan, and recessing the taillights, license plate holder and dual exhaust ports," Louison said.

Value: It's insured for $45,000.

Personal comments: "We drive the car to several shows a year because we didn't build a 'trailer queen,'" Louison said. "Cars are made to be driven. If it can't get there on its own, leave it home."

More: For more antique, classic, and collectible cars on Long Island CLICK HERE.

-- David Fluhrer

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