Fresh out of WWII the America car industry was facing the challenge of converting back to peace time auto production. This as a huge task and the pressure was on, because if the average American owned a car there was a good change (50%) that it was 9 years old or older and needed replacing. Materials were still in short supply, money wasn’t and to ensure that stayed the case most of the car company merely refreshed their 1942 cars. Toss in labor issue and you can understand how tough the situations was.
Ford lead the 17 manufacturers that year with 468,022 units produced. Chevy followed second with 398,028 cars. The others followed as such:
Plymouth – 264,660 Dodge – 163,490
Olds – 117,623 Nash – 94, 000
Hudson – 91,029 Mercury – 86,608
Packard – 30, 793 Caddy – 29,214
Studebaker – 19,275 Lincoln – 16,465
Corsley – 4, 99
I’m betting they meant to build this:
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