Other 1940s Classic Car Manufacturers

The Jaguar Mark IV, the Nash Ambassador Suburban and the Lincoln Continental Coupe are among highlights in the Other 1940s models section. See photos and read histories of these unsung models.


Even before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor plunged the United States into the thick of World War II, the jeep's service with the Allied forces was making it almost legendary. Learn about jeep design and roles the jeep filled after World War II.

The 1947 Delahaye 135MS Teardrop Coupe is one the last models made by Delahaye. Only 1,155 postwar 135s had been built by the time the model was dropped in 1952. Learn more about this doomed classic.

The 1949 Buick Roadmaster Estate Wagon was the rarest, heaviest, and most expensive station wagon from Buick in 1949. A total of 653 Roadmaster Estate Wagons were built. Learn more about this classic wagon.

The 1945-1959 Volkswagen Beetle rose to worldwide popularity after the disaster of World War II. It gained acceptance in America for its build quality, low price, fuel efficiency, and reliability. Learn the story of the mid-century Volkswagen Beetle.

The 1946-1986 Jeep CJ, originally designed for military use, is truly an all-American vehicle. With the possible exception of the Volkswagen Beetle, the Jeep CJ has the most recognized shape in the automotive world. Learn about this American classic.

The 1947-1948 Isotta Fraschini 8C Monterosa provided a last glimpse at glory from what had been one of the world's top automakers before the market for its luxurious products dried up in the early 1930s. See the history and photos of this stunning classic.

The Lincoln Continental has one of the most revered automotive designs of all time. From the moment it appeared it turned heads and made people eager to part with lots of money just to own one. Learn about the 1941 Lincoln Continental Cabriolet.

The Buick Super convertible coupe was a major contributor to Buick's success in 1941. It was second only to Ford in popularity. Read about what made this car so attractive to American drivers and view pictures of this classic.

A 1946 Volkswagen sedan was a rare sight even in Germany; it's rarer today in the United States. Although a prototype was created before World War II, the design was put on hold until after the war. Check out pictures of the 1946 Volkswagen sedan.

Business coupes like the 1948 Nash 600 most often occupied the bottom rung in every automaker's ladder, always the bare-bones, lowest-priced model offered. Check out the 1948 Nash 600 Business Coupe, the only post-war business coupe from Nash.

Buick had a record year in 1940, thanks partly to the 1940 Buick Special Convertible Sedan. The company turned out thousands of those cars and set the stage for even better results the next year. Learn about the 1940 Buick Special Convertible Sedan.

The 1948 HRG 1500 Roadster was a basic British two-seater that was fast and light, perfect for racing. Horsepower topped out at 65 and 1500s could reach about 90 mph in full flight. See photos and learn about this collectible car.

The 1947 Bentley Mark VI Drophead Coupe combined the precise steering and good handling associated with the Bentley name, while the ride was up to Rolls-Royce standards. See photos and learn more about this 'silent sports car.'

The 1948 Willys Jeepster was born shortly after World War II. Like the rest of the U.S. auto industry manufacturers, Willys-Overland was eager to resume production for the civilian market after the war ended. Read about the 1948-1951 Willys Jeepster.

The 1941-1948 Nash Ambassador line had some of the company's most exciting cars, starting with the innovative Nash 600 that came in three distinct models. Check out 1941-1948 Nash Ambassador photos and see its styling.

Among several cool features of the 1942 DeSoto were its unique Airfoil headlights, which were hidden until needed. Its L-head six-cylinder engine was bored out to 236.6 cid which made for 115bhp. Read more about this distinctive classic car.

The 1949 Lincoln Convertible Coupe came in three body styles: coupe four-door sedan and convertible. Many design elements were borrowed from the Mercury line of cars, which is Lincoln's sister division in the Ford Company. See the 1949 Lincoln Convertible Coupe.

The 1949 Plymouth "woodie" wagon sold worse than the Suburban station wagon even though it got a head start in sales. The higher maintenance of the wood-bodied design was part of the reason why this model sold so poorly. See the 1949 Plymouth wagon.

The 1941-1942 Willys Americar was a typical and affordable prewar car with some attractive features. Learn why it's one of the quintessential prewar cars, plus find details and specs about this classic collectible car.

The 1946-1959 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith had classic status through 1948 and Milestone status for all years. Rolls-Royce’s superb workmanship made the Silver Wraith one of "The Best Cars in the World." Read more about this opulent, collectible car.

The 1948-1951 Jaguar Mark V is the first of the postwar Jaguars featuring a new framework and attractive interior. Learn about the Jaguar Mark V and what makes it so desirable.

The 1946-1948 Nash Ambassador Suburban is a unique and extremely rare car -- only 10 to 15 survive today. Learn about this classic and scarce automobile, including specifications, engine type and more.

The 1945-1948 Jaguar Mark IV holds the distinction of CCCA classic status. Discover more about the ruggedly simplistic 1945-1948 Jaguar Mark IV and learn about this quality car's pros and cons.

The CCCA Classic 1940-1941 Lincoln Continental has aged well, increasing in value over time; however these cars are rare and expensive. Learn more about the 1940-1941 Lincoln Continental.

The 1947-1948 Crosley Convertible & Wagon the first of the postwar Crosleys debuted a more "grownup" styling. Crosley scored record one-year production in 1948 -- some 10 times better than its prewar best. Read more about this classic car.