1940s Classic Cars
The WWII era was a tumultuous time for car manufacturers, yet produced some truly exemplary models, including the Volkswagon Beetle, the Ford V-8 and the MG T series, among others
1940 Cadillac Custom Convertible
1942 Chevrolet Special DeLuxe Fleetline
1941 Chrysler Thunderbolt Roadster
1946 Chrysler Town & Country Hardtop
1941 Dodge Custom Town Sedan
1949-1951 Ford Mercury Woody
1941-1948 Ford Super DeLuxe
1944 Ford GPW
1947 Kaiser Special
1940 Mercury Club Coupe
1940 Mercury Town Sedan
1949 Oldsmobile 76 Station Wagon
1940 Oldsmobile Series 90 Custom Cruiser Sedan
1947 Packard Custom Super Clipper Touring Sedan
1940 Packard Darrin One-Eighty Victoria Convertible
1940 Packard One Twenty
1948 Pontiac Streamliner Eight DeLuxe Station Wagon
1945-1952 Jeep: Willys Postwar Jeep
1949 Buick Roadmaster Estate Wagon
1946-1986 Jeep CJ
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 1941 Dodge Custom Town Sedan had a base price of $999 and was the most popular in its line. Dodge built 72,067 Custom 4-door sedans. Its popularity was assured by the new styling. Read more about the 1941 Dodge Custom Town Sedan.
The 1941 Chrysler Thunderbolt Roadster's styling was inspired by Budd steamliner trains. Six Chrysler Thunderbolts were built and sold at a starting price of $6,000, but only four survived. Read more about this ultra rare classic.
The 1947 Packard Custom Super Clipper Touring Sedan was the first car Packard launched after World War II. The Super Clipper is respected as a top level luxury car, having attained Milestone status with the Milestone Car Society. Learn more about this classic.
In the 1930s and 1940s, few cars had more prestige than the Ford/Mercury "Woody" station wagon. Nearly always their highest priced model, it wasn't practical but carried as much status as a speedboat. Read about the 1949-1951 Ford Mercury Woody.
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 1940 Cadillac Custom Convertible was wider, lower, rounder, and featured modern, curvaceous "torpedo" styling. It sported a diecast grille with bold bars and less prominent "catwalk" grilles. Read about the 1940 Cadillac Custom Convertible.
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 1949 Pontiac Streamliner Eight DeLuxe was an anomaly in the postwar auto market. After WWII, most U.S. automakers dusted off their 1942s and sold all the cars they could make. Read how the 1948 Pontiac Streamliner Eight DeLuxe was an exception.
The 1941-1948 Ford Super DeLuxes were forged out of a bewildering and nearly cataclysmic period in Ford history, when all Fords were the same at heart. Read the history and details of Ford Motor Company and the 1941-1948 Ford Super DeLuxe car models.
In 1940 Packard consolidated its assembly lines and began building the senior Packards, such as the 1940 Packard Darrin One-Eighty Victoria Convertible, alongside the junior cars. Learn about the 1940 Packard Darrin One-Eighty Victoria Convertible.
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.
The 1949 Oldsmobile 76 station wagon was the last of a dying breed -- the wood-paneled family wagon. The costly and time-consuming maintenance required for wood bodies posed problems. See pictures and explore this collectible car.
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 1947 Kaiser Special dates from a time of shining possibilities for its manufacturer. The gleaming freshness of the 1947 Kaiser Special is a metaphor in metal for Kaiser-Frazer's prospects in its early days. Learn about the 1947 Kaiser Special.
The 1942 Chevrolet Special DeLuxe Fleetline Aerosedan, a two-door fastback, was by far the most popular Chevy of the year. A whopping 61,855 were produced during the short model year. Read about the 1942 Chevrolet Special DeLuxe Fleetline Aerosedan.
The 1940 Oldsmobile Series 90 Custom Cruiser Sedan moved Oldsmobile into what we would now call the "near-luxury" market. If the four-door car had a weakness it had to be the old 257.1-cid L-head straight eight. Check out this classic car.
The 1940 Packard One Twenty club sedan had a distinctive look and updated amenities. The unmistakable Packard look was subtly altered with small side grilles which made them appear wider when seen from the front. Learn more about this stylish car.