As World War II began, Chevrolet and General Motors answered President Roosevelt’s call to build “An Arsenal of Democracy.”
Between 1942 and 1945, Chevrolet manufactured 60,000 Pratt & Whitney bomber and cargo plane engines; 500,000 trucks; 8 million artillery shells; 3,000 90mm cannon barrels; 1 million tons of aluminum forgings; 1 million tons of grey iron castings; 2,850 tons of magnesium forgings; and 3,800 T-17 Staghound armored scout cars.
During the war, GMC showcased its amphibious military “Ducks” in popular magazines of the day, and encouraged patriotic readers to “invest in victory” and buy war bonds and stamps.
From 1942 to 1945, sales of vehicles to civilians all but ended as manufacturing resources were redirected toward the war effort.
And today, as automakers are building ventilators and a range of personal protection equipment, it is the USA and the world that are armed to fight COVID-19.