Tag Archives: WWII

Chevy Fleetline and the Rules of WWII

Chevy Fleetline and the Rules of WWII '48 Chevy FleetlineThe 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.

Slow Hand, Fast Ride, Cool Cars

Cool Cars: cool carsRock and roll music and cool cars have always gone hand-in-hand. This is not just a cliché; when you think about it, these two important aspects of Americana really were intertwined into our history.

Automotive manufacturing was stalled during the World War II years, and after the war was over and economic times were good the industry started to take off once again. The 1950s were extraordinary times, and this was an era that produced some of the most memorable cool cars.

1938 Delahaye

Delahaye: As promised, we are featuring the first of several cars which will be making an appearance at this year’s Rétromobile, the Paris auto show. In the middle of the Great Depression, not long before the start of WWII, few things stood out in a community as much as a shiny, new, low-riding vehicle that made any classic gangster command the respect they so desired on the streets. One such car was the 1938 Delahaye Type 165.