At the end of World War ll American Automobile manufacturers were building and selling only prewar cars and trucks. The first postwar Chevrolet came off the assembly line on October 3, 1945. However, it was just a carryover from the prewar 1942 Chevrolets. The 1946 Chevrolet like the one on the left was very conservative in styling and engineering. However, the 1946 Chevrolet Stylemaster, Fleetmaster and Fleetline series earned a reputation as “The Value Leader In The Low Priced Field”. It was equipped with a 216.5 cubic inch 6 cylinder engine that developed 90 horsepower and provided excellent service since 1937.
The 1948 Chevrolet Fleetmaster Convertible shown here was Chevrolet’s first pace car at the Indianapolis 500 Memorial Day race. Once again in 1948 Chevrolet only served up warmed over version of its 1942 models. Only minor changes in the grille were made on the 1948 Chevrolet. But by 1948 Chevrolet was still America’s best selling automobile.
When the 1949 Chevrolet hit the showrooms of Chevrolet dealers they were called “The Most Beautiful Buy of All” and “First for Quality at Lowest Cost”. Customers purchased more 1949 Chevrolets than any other make of car.
The 1950 Chevrolet was “First” by every measure of beauty, comfort, performance and economy. Chevrolet was the “Finest” in automatic drive with their new Powerglide Automatic Transmission or standard drive silent synchro mesh Transmission combined with a new 105 horsepower engine. By every measure of economy Chevrolet was the “Lowest Cost” leader.
1950 Chevrolet Styline Deluxe Bel Air 2 Door Hardtop
Clearly looking for an stylish image for all it’s new post World War ll models, Chevrolet adopt a sound product in the 1949 Chevy and refined it’s appearance. The most eye-catching changes was a lower hood in relation to the now much higher front fenders on the 1949 thru 1952 Chevy’s. 50 Chevy lines were clean, simple and flowing with a large curved windshield.
Shown below is a 1949 Chevrolet Deluxe and 1950 Chevrolet Deluxe. A row of slim vertical chrome bars in the lower part of the 1949 Chevy grille was eliminated on the 1950 Chevrolet. Enlarged were both remaining vertical pieces with three chevrons and the parking lights on the 1950 models. The front bumper and bumper guards were restyled, taillight lenses and housings were reshaped and 1949 T-shaped twist type trunk handle was replaced with a key operated fixed handle.
Chevrolet didn’t make a very radical switch on the interiors for the 1950 Chevy automobiles. New 1950 Chevrolet two-tone interiors were both charming and practical compared to the drab tan and brown interior available on the 1949 models. For 1950 Chevrolet choose equally drab shades of light and dark gray cloth.
Five-Foot Seats and Center Point Seating was claimed in Chevrolet interiors advertising for 1950. Chevrolet “Center Point Seating” was new for 1949 and 1950. It was called “Center Point Seating” because the rear seats were repositioned forward making for a more smoother ride and were over 5 feet in length.
Typical 1950 Chevrolet Interiors
The same models and or body styles available in 1949 was again used in 1950. Production and sales for Chevrolet and General Motors was up in 1950. In fact it was a banner year because there was very little foreign competition due to WWII and the economy was booming. Every General Motors manufacturer had a new postwar car in their showrooms. Popular newspaper and magazine advertising written by the Chevrolet Motor Division stated… What a adventure awaits you and your family when you inspect the 14 magnificent Chevrolet models for 1950. For the consumer the 1950 Chevrolet body styles were – First and Finest At Lowest Cost!