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.

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 Crosley was customized in the mid 1950s, but he has been unable to find out much history of the vehicle to this point. More »

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

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.

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 taken Indiana Jones to find it. Sometimes it pays to be in the right place at the right time. More »

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Car of the Week: 1949 Plymouth Special Deluxe ‘Woodie’

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Woody Rutter figures as long as he has his 1949 Plymouth Special Deluxe wagon around, some of his favorite childhood memories will never be far from his mind. More »

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1940 Graham convertible survivor to be shown at concours

The only surviving 1940 Graham convertible — and the first 1940 Graham built — will be displayed this summer for the first time since 1952.

The only known 1940 Graham Hollywood two-passenger convertible will be seen publicly for the first time since 1952 when it’s dusted off for the Concours d’Elegance of America at St. John’s in Plymouth, Mich., on July 29. More »

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From garage build to garage find

The author’s 1949 Chevrolet custom retains its 216-cid “stovebolt” straight-six, which has just 50,000 miles.

Custom Chevy remains a great tribute to the great garage ingenuity of hot rodders during the 1950s. It was a true garage build, and now a great garage find. More »

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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 … More »

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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 … More »

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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, but an overall car guy who had a passion for saving old cars and trucks.
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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 … More »

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Car of the Week: 1949 Hudson Super Six


Today, Jerry Van Horn’s beautifully restored Hudson bears little resemblance to the weathered hulk he took back from Mother Nature in 1972. More »

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