American Cars, 1946-1959: Every Model, Year by Year by J. Kelly Flory

By J. Kelly Flory

From the resumption of vehicle creation on the shut of global conflict II in the course of the Fifties, the yank vehicle might see the births and deaths of a number of brands, nice technological advances, and an period of dramatic styling as a prospering kingdom asserted its starting to be mobility. autos of this era are one of the so much iconic cars ever in-built the USA: the 1949 Ford, the outstanding Studebaker designs of 1950 and 1953, the 1955-1957 Chevrolets, the "Forward Look" Chrysler items, the ill-fated Edsel and lots of others.

This complete reference publication info each version from all the significant brands (including independents reminiscent of Kaiser-Frazer and Crosley yet except for very low-volume marques equivalent to Tucker) from version years 1946 via 1959. yr by way of 12 months, it offers an outline of the and marketplace, through a person document on each one corporation: its major information for the 12 months (introductions or cancellations of types, new engines and transmissions, advertisements subject matters, revenues developments etc.); its creation figures and marketplace prestige; and its powertrain choices, paint shades and significant techniques. The company's versions are then exact separately with such info as physique types, costs, dimensions and weights, general gear and creation figures. approximately 1,000 photos are integrated.

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This chart is only a guide. ” Nameplate year of origin: 1939. Current bodystyle lifespan: 1942 through first-series 1949. ). Primary competition: Dodge Custom, Nash Ambassador, and Pontiac Torpedo. Notable changes: Restyled front end, trim and detail changes. 50 × 15 BSW tires. Measurements Wheelbase Length Width Height Legroom — front Legroom — rear Headroom — front Headroom — rear Cargo capacity (cu. 0 Models Available DeLuxe 2-Door Coupe, 3-p. DeLuxe 2-Door Sedan, 6-p. DeLuxe 2-Door Club Coupe, 6-p.

88% 3302 3397 3392 NA* NA* NA* NA NA NA 35 1946 • DeSoto Model No. Base FADP Change from LY S11-S Avg. 00% DeLuxe 4-Door Sedan, 6-p. TOTALS Shipping Wt. 57% *For body style production totals for 1946–1948, see 1948 DeSoto section. Custom “New streamlined styling ... new driving ease ... new safety ... ” Nameplate year of origin: 1939. Current bodystyle lifespan: 1942 through first-series 1949. ). Primary competition: Chrysler Windsor, Hudson Commodore, and Mercury. Notable changes: Restyled front end, trim and detail changes.

Chrysler stylists were busy as the war period was winding down, readying updated designs for resumption of production. While still based on the new-for-1942 body designs, the 1946 models featured new front fender lines that flowed back smoothly into the front doors. This was a styling trend that began in the immediate prewar period, and all manufacturers were scrambling to have the latest design statement. Other new styling elements were an intricate, die-cast egg-crate grille and redesigned bumpers, which were used through the 1948 season and into the 1949 first-series cars.

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