The rear-wheel drive 1948 Chevrolet Fleetline could reach a top speed of 74 miles per hour – at least theoretically it can. You might be wondering out of all the cars to write about, why have I chosen the Chevy Fleetline? And if you are wondering that, it’s a great question. You may never have heard of the Fleetline and I certainly hadn’t until last weekend.
The charm of the 1948 Chevrolet Fleetline
When visiting custom car shows, there’s always such a variety there. And cars that don’t have insane paintjobs can sometimes merge into each other, especially when you see a lot of hot rods, and a lot of muscle cars. But in and amongst the chaos of a custom car show, I discovered the beauty of the 1948 Chevrolet Fleetline, and that’s what I want to share with you today.
The history of the Fleetline
Manufactured between 1941 and 1952, the Fleetline was initially produced as a 4-door sedan, and by the time 1947 came around, the infamous Fleetline made up about 70% of Chevrolet’s sales. The model I’m featuring today is the 1948 Aerosedan made in 1948. There were over 200,000 of these beauties produced that year – the highest production year for the Fleetline.
The following year, Chevrolet decided to make some changes which included a modification to the body contour, an integrated rear fender, and the very popular fastback design at the rear.
As you can imagine, these cars became very collectible but I don’t think they’re as common as they used to be. Originally built with a 216 cubic inch inline 6 engine, the car produced a mere 90 hp at 3300 rpm these cars are indeed a great asset to any collectors’ collection.
Personally, I’m a fan of the smooth curves, the chrome and stainless steel trim and you can’t deny the restoration on this vehicle is immaculate. I love the individual tweaks to the paintjob and the quirky gear stick. The color of the car goes back to its roots and reminisces of the late 40s era.