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For Sale: 1948 Chevrolet Fleetmaster
in St. Louis, Missouri

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St. Louis Car Museum
St. Louis Car Museum
1575 Woodson Rd.
St. Louis, MO 63114
877-840-4175
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Description
 
Same meticulous owner for 55 years! A no expense spared restoration resulted in AACA Grand National Award honors! As close to new as you will find! From 1943 to 1946, there were virtually no American pedestrian vehicles produced. Instead, the big automakers like Ford, General Motors and Chrysler focused their attention on building machines of war. The nearly four million automobiles that were being sold each year prior to the war were replaced with as many tanks and bombers as factories could produce in an effort to support our military. The day WWII ended was the day Americas automakers were able to end their three year hiatus from building production automobiles and refocus their attention on getting as many people on the road as possible. More than ever before, designers like Harley Earl were allowed to break the confines and explore the art-deco era; the result was a substantial amount of influence from the jets that flew in WWII. Running boards went extinct, subtle chrome gunsight hood ornaments became prevalent and the pontoon fenders of pre-war cars gave way to slippery bathtub bodies. Automakers were on a level playing field again in 1946 and overall production jumped to 2.2 million as troops came back and wanted new and stylish modes of transportation. In addition to an entry level 1500, Chevrolet debuted the full-size 2000 Fleetline/Fleetmaster series of aerodynamic coupes and sedans. Offered in a total of eight body styles, the Fleet series proved to be a viable alternative to offerings by Ford and Chrysler. Of particular interest to those needing an equal amount of space and style was the station wagon. Advertised as an 8-passenger, 4-door, 7-window woody with drop and lift rear gates, these wagons found niche buyers in all parts of the country. By the last year of production in 1948, the Fleet series had become such a hit that they had only cosmetically evolved to include a horizontal radiator bar in the grille. Throughout each of the three years of production, the station wagon was consistently the rarest body style. Of the 211,861 Fleetmasters produced in 1948, only 10,171 were woody wagons, the only car in Chevys lineup with a sticker price of over $2,000! We are thrilled to offer this 1948 Chevrolet Fleetmaster Station Wagon! Finished in its original Maroon hood, fenders and roof with correct ash and mahogany wood panels, the car is sure to catch eyes wherever it goes! Equipped with its original but rebuilt 216.5ci Stovebolt Inline-6, the car survives today in magnificent mechanical condition. A Pennsylvania car its whole life, this car was bought new in Philipsburg and kept five years before changing hands. The second owner, an avid collector and long-time AACA and CCCA member, kept the vehicle for 55 years, including a no-expense-spared restoration in the early 1990s. Following this thorough and complete job, the car was entered into AACA events and won Grand National honors. This woody includes all the original features including: 3-speed column-shift manual transmission, turn signals, heater with two-speed blower, pushbutton AM radio, a fully functional dash clock, fender skirts, Firestone Deluxe Champion wide white walls, bumper guards, fender stone guards and rear underseat storage compartments to hold the tool kit and lug wrench! Of special note is the LOF Hi-Test Safety Plate glass that is date-coded to 1948. In addition, there is a Commonwealth of Pennsylvania inspection sticker on the front windshield, dated from September 25th, 1948! This investment-quality woody is being sold in like-new condition. Whether cruising to the drive-in or heading to the beach, this is an excellent example of a woody done right and we encourage even the most discerning enthusiast to try and find a better one! Please feel welcome to call with additional questions or schedule an opportunity to view in person. We look forward to working with you!

STOCK/INV. NUMBER: 850349
Pricing Information
 
Asking Price
$89,900
Vehicle Location


Country
United States
 
City, State
St. Louis, MO
Zip
63114
Vehicle Basics

Odometer Reading
Exempt

Year
1948

VIN
14FKJ59205

Exterior Details

Vehicle Color(s)
Maroon

 
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