Chevrolet Fleetline Deluxe 1949


Chevrolet Fleetline Deluxe 1949


Chevrolet Fleetline Deluxe 1949

  • Origin United State of America
  • Engine 3,548 cc, straight-six
  • Top speed 80 mph (129 km/h)

Chevrolet adopted fully blended front wings in 1949. The wings were still a conservative style, but the marque remained the market leader. The long awaited all-new postwar Chevrolet finally arrived. Appearing longer, lower and wider, the new styling was worth the wait. Following the trend set by the C-bodied 1948 Buick, Cadillac and Oldsmobile models, the new Chevy's styling featured front fenders flush with the doors,

wraparound bumpers front and rear, larger glass areas (particularly at the rear), and smaller rear fenders, mounted semi-flush with the bodysides. In actuality, the cars were lower, but actually measured fractions of an inch shorter and only about an inch wider. The big improvement was a seating position for all passengers that was lower and farther forward, putting all passengers between the axles, instead of the rear seat riding on top of the axle. This provided both a better ride and a lower body height. "Fastback" style Fleetline models were available in both of the newly designated series, Special and DeLuxe, as were the "notchback" type Styleline models.

All models wore a new, lower mounted grille, with two horizontal bars containing seven vertical bars between them. Above this was an upper horizontal bar with "Chevrolet" block lettering, curving down to meet the top of the round parking lights mounted within the top of the lower two horizontal bars. The parking lights were mounted above vertical bars number two and six. A newly styled winged hood emblem and a new hood ornament on a lowered hood completed the restyled front end. As previously mentioned, bodysides were flush with the front fenders, while rear fenders were less pronounced and wore a stainless steel crown molding. A newly styled deck lid ornament on a raised trunk line and vertically mounted rectangular taillights completed the new rear styling.

Under all the new sheetmetal, the sole engine and transmission choice was basically unchanged. All models rode on new 6.70 x 15 extra-low pressure tires, which helped to enhance the lower profile of the new cars, and a revised "Knee-Action" front suspension was continued. Sales of the newly redesigned cars skyrocketed, but on a model year basis the equally new 1949 Ford was able to out-produce Chevy in the annual battle for supremacy. On a model year production basis, this was due to Ford having a longer production run. However, on a calendar year basis, Chevrolet still out-sold and out-produced Ford. The old 1948 Stylemaster series continued as the 1949 Special Styleline. Two-Door and 4-Door Fleetline models were new additions to the line. The previous Fleetmaster series was renamed DeLuxe, and gained an all-steel station wagon.