942 : Detroit Auto Plants Turn Out Last Civilian Car; Refocuses on War Production

February 9, 2023 all-day

Pictured here is the last pre-war Packard to come off the line.

On February 9, 1942, production of civilian automobiles was halted across all manufacturers in Detroit, as the city shifted to wartime production and making Detroit the “Arsenal of Democracy.”

Sources :

Detroit Historical Society Facebook Page

Zlati Meyer, “Car manufacturing stopped for WWII munitions production”, Detroit Free Press, Feb. 7, 2015.