Welcome to Classic Cars Now
World War II had a much greater effect on the American auto industry than World War I. Whereas automobiles continued to be turned out during 1917 and 1918, in February 1942 all passenger car production came to an end. In fact, a very limited number of cars were delivered later as statistics show.
Car hungry Americans had a chance to see the first postwar cars at the Chicago Auto Show held in September 1945. Although most auto manufacturers delayed their postwar designs until 1948 there were two new shapes to be seen on the streets by the end of 1946. These came from Studebaker and from the new Kaiser-Fraser organization.
Classic Cars now covers what we term "Classic Cars", American built and postwar through 1970. With more imports arriving on the shores of America we find the end of an era. Neo-classic automobiles and replicas became the new "era" of the American automobile industry.