1948 Chevrolet Fleetmaster
1948 Chevrolet Fleetmaster
After nearly four war years in which no civilian passenger cars had been produced, Detroit could have sold anything with wheels that went round and round. Chevrolet, along with most of its competitors, shrewdly elected to serve up existing models. After all, the paid-for factory tooling was already in place, and the demand for new cars was unprecedented.
For consignment, an owned from the mid 1950's car that was given to the son in law, our consignor in 2000, and the addiction of classic car ownership began. All was gone through to make the car drivable and road ready. And we are off…
Chevrolet was kicking some styling butt in 1948 and looking at the sleek forward-facing lines of this car it could be moving, but it's standing still. Even so it is still moving…our eyes visually, from the swept forward “B” pillar to its voluptuous fenders and nicely down curved “boot” this car just drips late 40's styling. The tall standing knobby hood sits proudly above a chromed grille and bumper assembly. A shout out to the hood ornament with its red translucent insert, just fab. The back of the car just uses curved lines to their max with not a straight line seen anywhere, even the taillights. These bulbous steel panels are sprayed in a repaint of the original Battleship Gray Metallic. The paint job is showing age with cracking, crazing and areas of surface rust particularly on the fenders.
A swing of the door and we are met with door panels making use of beautiful grained wood for the interior window surrounds and cloth for the center panels. Chromed door handles and cranks are framed with cream bakelite bezels, and present very nicely. Looking at the very utilitarian but functional dash, we see an alignment of rectangular gauges to drivers left and a speedo on the right which is attached to a wonderful horizontal chromed speaker frame and ending on the other side in a clock. Cream Bakelite knobs are noted and have a beautifully aged color which contrasts to the dark tan metal paint sprayed dash. Seat covers have been installed over the front split bench and rear couchlike bench seats, the condition is unknown but we do spy some tearing and wear of the tan striped cloth. The headliner is showing some staining (maybe from glue, maybe water?). Steering wheel, and shift lever knob are in good condition, but both show some wear.
The 216ci inline 6-cylinder engine resides in the clean but patina filled engine bay. A 1-barrel carburetor feeds the engine, and it is attached to a 3-speed manual transmission. On the rear end is an axle weighing in with a 4.11 ratio.
Surface rust covers the frame, floor pans, body hangers and rocker panels but there is no invasive rust to be seen. Independent coil spring suspension is on the front while leaf springs bring up the rear. 4-wheel drum brakes are noted as is a clean single piped exhaust system. A shout out to the poly-plastic fuel tank in place of the original.
I slid behind the wheel and was transported back in time; things were simpler then. A turn of the key and a push of the starter pedal and she came to life. Performance was adequate, as was braking and handling. A real pleasure to drive and save for a non functional fuel gauge, non lighting reverse lights, and a disconnected speedometer cable, (disconnected by our consignor due to excessive noise), all was good.
A lovingly cared for recycled design from pre-WW2 carried over in the post war years. Having stood the tests of time and residing in the same family for almost 50 years, this icon of Chevrolet is now residing in our West mallway at the Classic Auto Mall ready for you to scoop her up and preserve the legacy.
14-Baltimore, MD Assy Plant
32881-Sequential Unit Number
STYLE NO 48 1027-1948 Fleetmaster Sport Coupe
BODY NO M3310-Baltimore Body #
TRIM NO 151-Tan Striped Pile Fabric
PAINT NO 374-Battleship Gray Metallic
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This vehicle is located in our showroom in Morgantown, Pennsylvania, conveniently located just 1-hour west of Philadelphia on the I-76 Pennsylvania Turnpike. The website is www.classicautomall.com and our phone number is (888) 227-0914. Please contact us anytime for more information or to come see the vehicle in person.
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