40′s Cars

1940s cars: Although often overshadowed by the decades immediately before and after, the 1940s were an important era in automobile history, and the decade of the ’40s gets its due here with news and feature stories. From air conditioning to fully automatic transmission to overhead-valve V-8 engines, automobiles evolved by leaps and bounds during the 1940s. Although World War II put production of civilian automobiles and trucks on hiatus as factories manned by those on the home front built tanks and planes and weaponry for the Allieds, manufacturers brought wartime advancements to the street. And American automobiles and trucks buyers benefit.

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Custom Crosley: Reader’s mystery car leaves unanswered questions

Last winter, Old Cars Weekly subscriber Brad Yoho of Stillwater, Minn., completed the restoration of an unusual 1948 Crosley that was customized several decades ago. The Crosley began as a factory-produced convertible, although the convertible Crosleys at this time had more of a sliding roof than a true complete folding top. Yoho believes the...

After five hours of work, Cleer was finally able to retrieve the Ford from hiding. It was in remarkably good condition and exactly how his uncle had built it.

Ford Find: Fan finds uncle’s long-lost ’46 hiding in barn

When Richard Cleer of Ipava, Ill., found the 1946 Ford five-passenger coupe his uncle had hot-rodded in the 1950s just 25 miles from his home, he was actually following a lead to a 1939 flathead engine for another car. The barn was so overgrown with vines, trees and tall grass, it would have...

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‘Stroker McGurk’ creator loses ’40 Ford in garage fire

Fund established for rebuild effort BURBANK, Calif. – Tom Medley, creator of the “Stroker McGurk” cartoon character that appeared in Hot Rod magazine in the 1950s, once joked he would have liked to own a flamed ’40 Coupe. But this isn’t what he had in mind. In mid-October, Medley suffered a hot rodder’s most...

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1948 Tucker comes to town

  Give yourself a Tucker treat this holiday season. Stop by and see the 1948 Tucker, Torpedo, No. 1013, four-door sedan, currently being showcased at the America On Wheels Museum in Allentown, Pa. For the 1988 movie “TUCKER – The Man and His Dream” there were 19 existing Tuckers used with 3 more held...

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Six pack of ’48s come out of longterm storage

Clyde Baumgart fondly recalls his late father, Wilfred, as being a “gearhead.” When viewing his eight vintage vehicles recently pulled from longterm storage in a shed and lined up off Highway N north of Little Chute, Wis., it’s evident Wilfred Baumgart was, indeed, a car guy. Not a Ford guy, not a Chevy guy,...

Dusty Delahaye a barn-find dream

This 1949 Delahaye is a rare, unrestored survivor. It was originally sold new in Morocco and eventually came to the U.S. when it was bought by a serviceman. By Lisa Peterson, Bob DeKorne and John Lyons As the barn door slowly opened, a ray of sun lit up a rare and beautiful car that...