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

The 1947-1949 Studebaker Commander Coupe and Convertible represent the height of postwar automotive glamour. Outstanding industrial design and good performance made these very sought-after classics. Learn more about these collectible cars.

The 1946-1947 Oldsmobile Custom Cruiser 98 offered few mechanical changes from before World War II but did develop upon its styling. Learn about this fast car and its specifications.

The 1948-1949 Hudson Commodore Eight was a top-of-the-line luxury car with smooth roadability because of its low center of gravity. Learn more about this classic collectible.

The 1946-1947 Hudson Super Six was the best-selling Hudson of the early postwar years. Three transmissions were offered: overdrive Drive-Master and Vacumotive Drive. See a collectible that's still relatively easy to find today.

The 1949 Pontiac Chieftain DeLuxe was the cream of the crop in Pontiac's first new postwar generation. Explore the advantages of this collectible car plus learn about its construction and specifications.

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 1942-1948 Pontiac Streamliner was the last prewar Pontiac in the division's upper-priced series. Considered GM's nicer-looking mid-1940's car, it was built with quality materials. Get construction details on this collectible car.

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 1949 Ford Custom V-8 (exc. Sedans) were good driver's cars and important historically. All in all, the new Ford was great stuff for 1949 -- good enough to rejuvenate the firm's failing corporate health. Read more about this collectible car.

The 1946-1947 Hudson Commodore Eight was the top-line series in Hudson's post-war lineup. The big eight gave the Commodore strong performance -- and you also got nicer trim than in the Super Six. Get model details on this big eight collectible here.

The 1946-1949 Dodge Custom Convertible was the postwar continuation of the Dietrich-styled bodywork. It was powered by an inline six engine that produced 102 horsepower. Read more about the body of this collectible car.

The 1948-1949 Hudson Super Eight featured great Step-Down design and eight-cylinder performance. It was the cheaper of Hudson's two eight-cylinder series in this period. Get details and specs on this collectible car here.

The 1948-1949 Hudson Super Six was one of the great designs of the early postwar years. The "Step-Down" Hudson was low and sleek -- it even looks pretty good today. Get details and specifications on this exceptional collectible car.

The 1940-1942 Chrysler New Yorker Highlander is one of the most interesting cars from this era. This car featured an eye-catching interior, a smooth ride, and overall riding comfort. See the 1940-1942 Chrysler New Yorker Highlander.

The 1940-1942 Chrysler New Yorker Navajo is a rare and highly desirable collectible car. The unusual trim option was designed to mimic the design of a Navajo Indian blanket. Learn about the unique 1940-1942 Chrysler New Yorker Navajo.

The 1941-1942 Dodge Custom Convertible put a facelift on the 1940 model, featuring a more massive divided grille. The distinctive Dodge ram mascot was now unrecognizable. Read more about the specifications and pluses and minuses of this classic car.

The 1948-1949 Hudson Commodore Six was a more lushly appointed version of the Super Six. It was available as a Brougham convertible as well as in two- and four-door sedan body types. Get production details on this great collectible car.

The 1949-1950 Manhattan was the last car approved by Joseph W. Frazer as president of Kaiser-Frazer. The roofless body of these convertibles were virtually handbuilt. Learn more about the specifications of the 1949-1950 Frazer Manhattan.

The 1947 Frazer Standard from Kaiser-Frazer is an extremely rare collectible car. The non-Manhattan Frazers bearing serial numbers up to F47-009940 bear the nameplates of Graham-Paige who had a limited worksharing agreement with Kaiser-Frazer.

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.

The 1941-1942 Chrysler Windsor Town & Country was a significant step toward the modern station wagon away from the boxy woody model. Today it has a high appreciation potential for collectors. Read more about the specifications of this classic collector car.

The 1946-1948 Chrysler Crown Imperial was the largest most luxurious car of the period. They were beautifully built cars with unique design features such as the "harmonica grille." Discover the impressive 1946-1948 Chrysler Crown Imperial.

The 1942-1948 Buick Roadmaster is considered Buick's most luxurious car making it especially collectible these days. However, this classic car suffered from sluggish acceleration due to the Dynaflow system.

Ford's 1946-1948 V-8 Super DeLuxe Sportsman was an attractive car that's still coveted today. This was the most expensive Ford in these years and as such didn't sell too well, but today it has milestone car status. Learn more about this classic car.

The 1947-1948 Frazer Manhattan is a historically significant high-quality collectible car. It was the first entirely new postwar body style and boasted an unprecedented array of interior and exterior colors. Read more about this classic car.