During 1948, the Chevrolet Fleetmaster was the only convertible offered by the brand. Although the standard features gave it an attractive appearance, it was possible to order the car in a “Country Club” wood grain package. Here is a closer look at the popular model produced during the post-war era.
1948 Fleetmaster Convertible History
After World War II, the entire auto industry was entering into the passenger car business. The public demanded new vehicles, so sales were on an upward swing. Since cars were selling easily, Chevrolet was not forced to change much with design. For at least three years, car styling remained remarkably similar. During the late ’40s, the Fleetmaster line was Chevrolet’s middle trim level. It came in a variety of body styles, but the convertible was the fanciest.
Features of the 1948 Fleetmaster Convertible
The body style of the 1948 Fleetmaster changed little from the previous two years. The only significant difference was the vertical center bar in the radiator grill. This rear-wheel-drive car contained a “Blue Flame” overhead valve and incline six-cylinder engine, which provided 90 horsepower. The transmission was a three-manual, vacuum-assisted shifter. Inside, luxuries included a glove compartment light, wood grain dashboard, clock, cigarette lighter and leather-topped armrests.
How the 1949 Fleetmaster Convertible Is Remembered
The 1948 Fleetmaster convertible is most famous for being the first Chevy pace car in the Indianapolis 500. It was driven by Wilbur Shaw and began a long line of future Chevrolet pace cars. The 1948 model was one year away from being phased out by the 2100 GK Series Chevrolet Deluxe. Today, collectors are drawn to this era of vehicles. Cars from this time are simple to restore and customize. The 1948 Fleetmaster convertible is part of the Chevrolet legacy and will always be fondly remembered by NASCAR enthusiasts and true Chevy lovers.
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