New PDF release: American Cars, 1946-1959: Every Model, Year by Year

By J. Kelly Flory

From the resumption of motor vehicle construction on the shut of global struggle II during the Fifties, the yankee car may see the births and deaths of a number of brands, nice technological advances, and an period of dramatic styling as a prospering state asserted its becoming mobility. vehicles of this era are one of the such a lot iconic cars ever inbuilt the USA: the 1949 Ford, the amazing Studebaker designs of 1950 and 1953, the 1955-1957 Chevrolets, the "Forward Look" Chrysler items, the ill-fated Edsel and plenty of others.

This accomplished reference e-book information each version from all of the significant brands (including independents comparable to Kaiser-Frazer and Crosley yet except very low-volume marques equivalent to Tucker) from version years 1946 via 1959. yr through 12 months, it offers an summary of the and marketplace, by way of somebody document on each one corporation: its major information for the yr (introductions or cancellations of versions, new engines and transmissions, advertisements issues, revenues developments etc.); its creation figures and industry prestige; and its powertrain choices, paint colours and significant techniques. The company's types are then targeted separately with such info as physique types, costs, dimensions and weights, normal apparatus and construction figures. approximately 1,000 images are incorporated.

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18% Shipping Wt. 17% CROSLEY “The great new Crosley ... ” Crosley, best known for radios and appliances, entered the postwar market with new styling and a new powerplant for their economical little cars. Power was upgraded from the prewar 2-cylinder air-cooled engine to a water-cooled 4-cylinder engine. The CoBra (Copper Brazed — also known as “The Mighty Tin”) was originally developed by Taylor Engines in California, for military use aboard PT boats and B-17 bombers. The engine was made from sheetmetal, rather than cast iron, to obtain a thin, uniform wall thickness and thus avoid the creation of hot spots around the combustion chamber that could ignite the fuel, causing pre-ignition (spark knock).

Assembly plants: Detroit, MI (1). Sales came easily during this period, and as with most manufacturers, the only things holding Cadillac back from selling more cars were the continuing material shortages and union strikes. Even with prices increasing by $500– $900 on a model for model basis, demand existed since a new Cadillac had not been available in nearly four years. As for individual series, the Series 62 Deluxe was dropped, but the Convertible model moved to the regular Series 62 line. The Series 61, which had been essentially the LaSalle’s replacement, continued using General Motors’ B-body shared with the Buick Super, Oldsmobile 70 Series and Pontiac Streamliner series.

Full production began in 1947. DESOTO “The New DeSoto. ” The 1946 model DeSotos were a continuation of the new line introduced for the abbreviated 1942 season. Numerous styling changes were made to update the look. The unique hidden headlights used in 1942 were replaced by traditional exposed units and were the most obvious change for the postwar cars. A new grille was composed of narrow vertical chrome strips. Other changes up front included new hood and wraparound bumpers, common to most Chrysler products this year.

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