This futuristic concept, drawn by Jo Gault in 1946, could be a Buick:
Real postwar Buicks, no less impressive with their beautiful curves, massive fenders and extensive chrome trim, were developed from 1942 models:
(via Paul Malon, on Flickr)
The 1942 model year began in September 1941. Despite the hardships imposed by lack of materials and uncertain production schedules, Buick made substantial changes in its 1942 models, and the near total redesign caught virtually all other auto makers by surprise. The new Buick was an extremely modern car, with its massive chrome grill and large bumpers.
1942 Buick Super Sedanet & 4-Door Sedan by aldenjewell, on Flickr
After 1 January 1942, the government prohibited the use of all chrome trim, and thus all trim pieces were painted in matching colors, primarily battleship gray. Known as 'blackout models,' production of these chrome-less cars stopped on 2 February 1942 when the government ended all auto production for the duration of the war. However, Buick did not have to resort to painted bumpers because it had enough pre-restriction chromed bumpers on hand to complete its 1942 model run.
1942 Buick Extra Special Estate Wagon by aldenjewell, on Flickr
The last Buick to leave the factory carried a sign reading: 'Until total victory we dedicate ourselves to the objective 'When better war goods are built, Buick workmen will build them.''
After the war, the passenger car production resumed. For 1946 model year, Buick introduced slightly revised versions of their Special, Super, and Roadmaster.
1946 Buick Super Eight 4-Door Sedan by myoldpostcards, on Flickr
A middle-aged man in a suit standing next to his Buick. It's a 1946 or 47 model, possibly a Roadmaster. The car is sitting in the drive of a upper-middle class suburban home (by Raymondx1, on Flickr)
1947 Buick Roadmaster Model 71 Four-Door Sedan by aldenjewell, on Flickr
1947 Buick Convertible by aldenjewell, on Flickr
1947 Flxible Buick Ambulance by aldenjewell, on Flickr
1948 was the (model) year of the famous Dynaflow transmission - initially available only in the Roadmaster.
1948 Buick Special 4-Dood Sedan by Rex Gray, on Flickr
1948 Buick Super Sedanette by Rex Gray, on Flickr
1948 Buick Super Sedan by Rex Gray, on Flickr
1948 Buick Super Estate Wagon by Rex Gray, on Flickr
1948 Buick Roadmaster Convertible by Rex Gray, on Flickr
1949 Buick ad by paul.malon, on Flickr
in 1949, the Riviera name first entered the Buick line as the designation for the new two-door pillarless hardtop, which was described in advertising as "stunningly smart."
1949 Buick Roadmaster Riviera 'THE49ER' by Jack_Snell, on Flickr
1949 Buick Riviera by aldenjewell, on Flickr
1949 Buick Roadmaster Estate Wagon by aldenjewell, on Flickr
1949 Buick Eight Convertible by Jack_Snell, on Flickr
1949 Buick Roadmaster Convertible by aldenjewell, on Flickr
And this 1949 Buick Roadmaster Convertible from the 1988 film Rain Man featuring Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffman was recently seen at an auction here.
See you next Friday!