Chevrolet Fleetline Aerosedan Coupe

Among the prettiest of General Motors bodies of the 1940s are the fastback coupes. Chevrolet’s version, the Fleetline Aerosedan, arrived with the new series of A-bodies in 1942. “Fleetline” designated a sub-series of Chevy’s up-market model, called “Special Deluxe” before World War II and “Fleetmaster” afterwards. Better appointed than the rest of the model range, Fleetlines had three bold horizontal moldings on each fender and special fabrics inside. There were two body styles: the Sportmaster four-door sedan, a notchback with unique “four-window” configuration, and the fastback Aerosedan coupe.

The most expensive of Chevrolet’s sedans, the Fleetlines were also very popular, particularly the Aerosedan. It soon became the best selling single body style; the more than 200,000 built in 1948 represented 27 percent of total production. The range of fastbacks was broadened in 1949 to include both two- and four-door sedans in two levels of trim, all called Fleetlines. However, the fastback style was fading from fashion and sales slowed. The final Fleetlines comprised a run of 37,000 two-doors, reportedly leftover 1951 bodies, in 1952.

This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in January of 2010 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, Phoenix, Arizona.

90 bhp, 216.5 cu. in. six-cylinder inline overhead valve engine, three-speed manual transmission, coil spring independent front suspension, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 116"

Source: RM Auctions

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