Cars of 1940 – 1955

In the United States tried it with smaller cars, but had to discover that the Americans had nothing left for this, except the sporty models from Europe. The consolidation of the “Big Three” – the companies General Motors, Ford and Chrysler – had little room for independent brands, because the bargain was a price war erupted. Nash owners undertook a rescue operation for the Hudson Company, and together the two could survive. The Partners Packard and Studebaker had been severe, in spite of the Studebaker throughout “European style”, which is a refreshing change from the massive, chrome-loaded about design of most American cars offered.
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In the East Japan went on the star of a new industry, although it is still hardly anyone noticed. Europe took place relatively quickly to the old spirit back. The Volkswagen was already before the war was ready for production, but had merely found military use. 1945, but awoke the Beetle finally under British supervision for life. The majority of German companies, however, still suffered long from the consequences of the war, made an exception here, Daimler-Benz.
Italy went on the track in the lead, first with Alfa Romeo and Ferrari to the newcomer, then with Lancia and Maserati, but wherever the cars from Mercedes-Benz emerged, given the pace. The 300 SL from 1952 followed by the 1954-55 Grand Prix cars of the type W196, and finally came 1955 300 SLR on the market.
In England, was with the renowned Jaguar C-and D-types and the XK-120 in races and rallies in the top box represented. It followed the heyday of the Grand Prix, where first Vanwall and Cooper in the modern Formula One brilliant. Lotus and BRM moved soon after, and so England was in the best shape for a great era of motor sports: the fast sixties.

Adventurers, there were nevertheless: Powell Crosley had not by the failure of the Austin 7 in the U.S. to hold and built in the 40s his insistent miniatures. The Crosley, a cheap, very original car that had for a short time disc brakes, but not quite mature, and were hastily removed from the equipment catalog to be deleted. The resulting maintenance problems accounted for the sleek small Crosley 1952 sadly to an end.
Not quite so tiny was the Playboy from 1947-1951, an idea of two former GM employees, but with expected annual production of six-economical model for its slightly over. Indeed, hardly created 100 pieces of this three-seater sports with automatic transmission, before the factory in Buffalo after three years abandoned in this respect was the playboy with the Crosley does not compare to the best year in the -1945 – nearly 30,000 copies were sold.
The spectacular Tucker with rear engine and the three, with disc brakes equipped Davis were so bizarre creations that its inventors came to court because they were fake, their models are already in production. Driving While business was even then a lot, but they had their limits. Although they won in the process, succeeded Gary Davis and Preston Tucker is not their ideas to market.
Willys-Overland, in the early days of mass production after Ford’s second-largest producer, following 1929 had largely administrative confessed under duress. But then came the order for the Jeep and it was a whole range of civilian vehicles for specialized purposes.


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