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.

Car of the Week: 1941 Willys Custom

Jim Bleil is one of those guys that waited most of a lifetime to get the car of his dreams. He knew from a pretty early age what kind of crazy machine he intended to own one day, and his vision never wavered.

Car of the Week: 1949 Ford Deluxe

Being a banker by trade, Bob Brown can only chuckle at the thought of his wife, Judy, sneaking off to a competing bank to borrow money back in 1994. When she gave him his Christmas gift that year — a card telling him she had bought him the 1949 Ford two-door sedan that he...

Car of the Week: 1947 Dodge business coupe

The last thing Rick Boldrin figured he’d be ordering for dessert when he took his wife out for lunch was an 1947 Dodge business coupe. But when you’re a car nut and your wife shocks you by telling you she’d prefer the old car rather than the pie and ice cream, you don’t ask...

Car of the Week: 1946 Ford Super De Luxe

Sometimes in life, you just gotta take a chance.

There really is not other good explanation for why John Lang would want to stop at a stranger’s house, knock on the door and inquire about an old Ford he heard might be sitting in a shed on the property. Lang had never restored...

Car of the Week: 1941 Packard Woodie Wagon

There was more than a little irony at work when Denny and Kim Harms pulled the trigger and bought themselves a rare and stunningly original 1941 Packard 120 woodie wagon. The Harms are big woodie fans and run a business restoring old wood-bodied Chryslers, but they wanted nothing to do with restoring this Packard....