Popular classic 1940s cars include the 1940 Ford Deluxe Convertible Club Coupe, the 1942 to 1948 Buick Roadmaster and the 1948 Hudson Commodore. Other popular models include the 1946 to 1948 Chrysler Crown Imperial, the 1949 Ford Custom V-8 and the 1946 Chevrolet 1/2-ton pickup truck.
A V-8 engine powers the 1940 Ford Deluxe Convertible Club Coupe, which has lots of chrome, a grill that extends to the fender and a hydraulic top. Many street hot rods have a style similar to the automobile's classic pre-war design.
Designed by Harley Earl, the 1942 to 1948 Buick Roadmaster featurs front fenders shaped like long pontoons and a grille with a vertical bar. Roadmasters are 2-ton luxury touring cars that had price tags ranging from about $1,400 to $3,500. The most popular Roadmaster body style is the convertible. "Rain Man," the 1988 movie starring Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffman, features a 1949 Roadmaster. The beige two-door convertible has a red interior, a 320-cubic-inch engine, Straight-8 Fireball-8 cylinders and a two-speed Dynaflow automatic transmission.
The luxurious 1948 Hudson Commodore was the top-of-the-line vehicle of the Hudson Motor Car Company, which is no longer in business. Betty Thatcher designed the strong but lightweight automobile, which was available as a sedan and as a convertible. Hudson vehicles feature the company's trademarked Monobuilt construction that requires riders to step down into the cars.