Chevrolet Fleetmaster

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Chevrolet Fleetmaster
Chevrolet Fleetmaster cabriolet ca 1948.jpg
1948 Chevrolet Fleetmaster Convertible
Overview
Manufacturer Chevrolet
Production 1946 to 1948 model years [1]
Assembly United States [1]
Australia [2]
Body and chassis
Body style 2-door sedan [1]
4-door sedan [1]
2-door coupe [1]
2-door convertible [1]
4-door station wagon [1]
Layout FR layout
Related Chevrolet Stylemaster [1]
Powertrain
Engine 216.5 cu in (3.5 L) I6 [1]
Transmission 3 speed manual [1]
Dimensions
Wheelbase 116 in (2,946 mm) [1]
Length 197.75 in (5,023 mm) [1]
Chronology
Predecessor Chevrolet Special Deluxe [1]
Successor Chevrolet Deluxe [1]

The Chevrolet Fleetmaster is an automobile which was produced by the Chevrolet in the United States for the 1946, 1947 and 1948 model years.[1] The Fleetmaster series included the Fleetline sub-series which was offered only in 2-door and 4-door "fastback" bodystyles.[1]


1946[edit]

1946 Chevrolet Fleetmaster Sport Sedan. This example has the additional triple fender mouldings which were a feature of the Fleetline sub-series models

The Series DK Fleetmaster was introduced as the top trim level model in the 1946 Chevrolet range, along with the lower level Series DJ Chevrolet Stylemaster.[1] The Fleetmaster, which replaced the "prewar" Chevrolet Special Deluxe,[1] was powered by a 216.5 cu in (3.5 L) Straight-six engine driving through a 3 speed manual transmission.[1] It was offered in 2-door Town Sedan, 4-door Sport Sedan, 2-door Sports Coupe, 2-door Convertible and 4-door Station Wagon models.[1] A Fleetline sub-series was available as the 2-door Aero Sedan and 4-door Sport Master Sedan, both of which featured "fastback" styling and additional triple mouldings on all fenders.[1]

1947[edit]

1947 Chevrolet Fleetmaster Sport Coupe

The 1947 Series 2100 EK Fleetmaster was little changed from its predecessor, the most notable visual difference being a new radiator grille with a more horizontal theme.[1]

1948[edit]

1948 Chevrolet Fleetmaster Sport Coupe. This example has the additional triple fenders mouldings which were a feature of the Fleetline sub-series models

The 1948 Series 2100 FK Fleetmaster was again little changed from the previous year.[1] There were no significant body alterations, however the radiator grille featured a vertical centre bar.[1]

Replacement[edit]

For the 1949 model year the Fleetmaster was replaced by the 2100 GK Series Chevrolet Deluxe, offered in Styleline and Fleetline sub-series.[1]

Australia production[edit]

The Chevrolet Fleetmaster was also produced by General Motors-Holden's in Australia.[2] As Holden had carried over the body tooling from its 1942 models, the Australian sedan differed from its US counterpart in having a different body with rear-hinged back doors and a larger trunk.[3] The grilles fitted to the Australian models were the same as those used on the US models.[4] Australian Fleetmasters were produced in 1946, 1947 and 1948 models.[2]


References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y John Gunnell, Standard Catalog of American Cars 1946 to 1975, Revised 4th Edition, pages 156 to 159
  2. ^ a b c Norm Darwin, 100 years of GM in Australia, page 76
  3. ^ Norm Darwin, The History of Holden in Australia since 1917, page 62
  4. ^ The Post-war Chevrolet, 1946-1948, Restored Cars No 156, Jan-Feb 2003, pages 20 to 23

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