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Chevy Fleetline and the Rules of WWII
The 1940s was the decade where cars began to look like modern vehicles. Gone were the days of the cars that resembled the Model-T with exterior mounted headlights, gloomy radiator jackets, and heavily spoked wheels. Harley Earl modeled the cars of the 40s after the Y-Job designed for Buick.
Sadly, as soon as the aerodynamic vehicles, like the Chevy Fleetline, were introduced to the American public World War II began. Within two months of the attack on Pearl Harbor, on February 2, 1942 the federal government halted production of civilian passenger cars. Automotive plants were retrofitted so they could be used to produce military vehicles, weapons, and airplanes.