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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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The 1940 Pontiac Special Six was one of the more stylish wood-bodied station wagons of its day. It was offered in five closed body styles and prices ranged from $783 up to $1015 for the eight-passenger wagon. See pictures and read about this classic car.

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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.'

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A lesser-known jeep prototype, the extremely rare 1944 Ford GWP Military Jeep was made for the Army by Ford during World War II. The Ford prototype had the lowest Army road test scored but the company was capable of handling large production.

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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.

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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.

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The 1947 Chevrolet Fleetline Aerosedan was Chevrolet's most popular model in 1947. This car featured fastback styling which was in high demand in the 1940s. This led to increased sales. Learn all about the two-door 1947 Chevrolet Fleetline Aerosedan.

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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.

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The 1941 Packard One Eighty was available by special order and was custom-built by independent builders. The headlights were molded into the fenders, and large radiator side grills and a longer hood were featured. Learn more about the 1941 Packard One Eighty.

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The 1940 Packard One Eighty served as the basis for the Darrin Victoria roadster. The car carried a 356-cubic-inch L-head straight-eight engine that produced 160 horsepower. Learn more about the 1940 Packard One Eighty and its custom version.

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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.

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The 1940-1949 Cadillacs showcased important engineering developments and beautiful designs. Learn about features like the eggcrate grille, bullet-shape fenders, fastback roofline, the hallmark tailfin and the overhead-valve V-8 engine that were rolled out in the 1940s.

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