British and European Car Spotters Guide - 1949

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By 1949 practically all British production cars were of new post-war design and most of them had been drastically redesigned or at least restyled. All were shown at the first post-war Earls Court Motor Show in London in late 1948, which needless to say, drew record crowds. Production during 1949 soared to an all-time high of 412,920 cars and 216,373 commercial vehicles, representing weekly averages of 7929 and 4161 respectively. Of the new cars 257,250 were exported, valued at just over £72½ million.

1868 cars were imported, worth just over half a million pounds. New car registrations for the UK domestic market were up by almost 40 per cent. Of the 1949 cars the Editor of 'The Motor' wrote: 'At last our new cars are ready ... In the most competitive markets in the world Britain can now claim the fastest, the finest, and the best finished automobiles available to the motoring public. In the vital matters of economy of operation, road holding, acceleration and braking, we can collectively or individually more than hold our own'.
1949 AC 2-Litre Drophead Coupe
UK

AC 2-liter Drophead Coupe

  Also see: AC Car Reviews | The History of AC (AUS Edition)
 
The AC 2-liter Drophead Coupe was introduced in March 1949, and was in production for only a very short period. It was discontinued in 1950 after only about twenty had been made, most of which went for export. AC's principal product was the two-door Saloon.
1949 Allard P1 Two-Door Saloon
UK

Allard P1 Two-Door Saloon

  Also see: Allard Car Reviews | The History of Allard
 
The Allard P1 two-door Saloon first appeared in 1949 and was continued until 1953. It was basically similar to the open cars which had been in production since 1946. powered by Ford V8 engines and using many other Ford components. The P1 had an aluminum panelled coachbuilt body and sold at £1277.
1949
UK

Alvis Fourteen Model TA14 Saloon

  Also see: Alvis Car Reviews | The History of Alvis
 
The Alvis Fourteen, Model TA14, was offered in chassis, Saloon and Drophead Coupe form. The latter was discontinued in September 1949, the Saloon in October of the following year.
1949 Alvis Fourteen Model TB14 Special Sports Tourer
UK

Alvis Fourteen Model TB14 Special Sports Tourer

  Also see: Alvis Car Reviews | The History of Alvis
 
The Alvis Fourteen, Model TB14, Special Sports Tourer was introduced in October 1948. The bodywork was reportedly designed in Belgium and not surprisingly was frowned upon by traditional Alvis customers. Underneath was a 9 ft wheelbase modified Fourteen chassis with a twin-carburetor 68-bhp variant of the standard 1892cc OHV Four engine.
1949 Armstrong Siddeley Hurricane
UK

Armstrong Siddeley Hurricane

  Also see: The History of Armstrong Siddeley
 
The Armstrong Siddeley Hurricane was a two door, four seat drophead coupé automobile made by the British company of Armstrong Siddeley. It was made from 1946 to 1953 and based on the 1945 Armstrong Siddeley Lancaster. The chassis featured independent front suspension using torsion bars and a live rear axle with leaf springs. A Girling hydro-mechanical braking system was fitted, with the front drums hydraulically operated while those at the rear used rod and cable. Early models of the Hurricane were was fitted with a 70 bhp 1991cc six cylinder, overhead valve engine, carried over from the pre-war 16hp model but from 1949 this was enlarged to a 75 bhp 2309cc by increasing the cylinder bore from 65 to 70 mm. There was a choice of four speed synchromesh or pre-selector gearbox. The four seat, two door body was made of steel and aluminum panel fitted over a wood and aluminum frame. The doors were rear hinged, an arrangement that got the name of suicide doors. Changes during the model life were minimal: however, the bonnet line was slightly lowered for 1948 when the car also acquired stoneguards on the leading edges of its rear wings. At launch, the car cost £1151 on the UK market.
1949 Aston Martin 2-Litre Sports DB1
UK

Aston Martin 2-liter Sports DB1

  Also see: Aston Martin Car Reviews | The History of Aston Martin
 
The Aston Martin 2-liter Sports of 1948/49 became known as the OB1 with the advent of the OB2. Front suspension was independent with trailing arms, coil springs and anti-roll torsion bar. The rear axle was rigid, with coil springs, the torque being taken by arms extending from the axle to a cross member of the square-section fabricated steel tube frame.
1949 Aston Martin 2-Litre Sports DB1
UK

Aston Martin 2-liter Sports DB1

  Also see: Aston Martin Car Reviews | Le Mans 1949 / Le Mans 1950
 
The Aston Martin DB2 prototype, which was third at Spa in 1949 and raced at Le Mans in 1949 and 1950. This car was a development of Claude Hill's tubular space frame chassis with Tickford two-seater coupe bodywork. It was fitted with the 2·6-liter engine designed by W. O. Bentley for Lagonda (which, like Aston Martin and Tickford, was acquired by David Brown).
1949 Austin A40 Devon four-door Saloon
UK

Austin A40 Devon four-door Saloon

  Also see: Austin Car Reviews | The History of Austin (AUS Edition)
 
Austin Motor Company's bread-and-butter model for 1949 was the A40 Devon four-door Saloon, a carryover from 1948.
1949 Austin A70 Hampshire
UK

Austin A70 Hampshire Saloon Model BS2

  Also see: Austin Car Reviews | The History of Austin (AUS Edition)
 
The Austin A70 Hampshire Saloon Model BS2 was introduced in July 1948. and had the same 2199cc engine as the old Sixteen (which was discontinued in March 1949). The Hampshire was produced until early 1951 and could be called a scaled-up edition of the A40 Devon. It featured independent front suspension and steering-column gearshift. Brakes were Girling hydraulic 2LS front, mechanical rear and wheelbase was 8 ft. From November an Estate Car version was offered, the Model BW3 Countryman.
1949 Austin Austin A90 Atlantic
UK

Austin A90 Atlantic Convertible Model DB2

  Also see: Austin Car Reviews | The History of Austin (AUS Edition)
 
The Austin A90 Atlantic Convertible Model DB2, appeared in February 1949. It featured rather unusual body styling and was powered by a twin-carburetor (SU) 2660-cc OHV Four engine of 88 bhp (a larger-bore edition of the Sixteen and A70 engine). The Atlantic made history at Indianapolis, USA where it broke many international records during an impressive run which lasted seven days and nights.
1949 Austin A125 Sheerline DS1 and A135 Princess DS2
UK

Austin A125 Sheerline DS1 and A135 Princess DS2

  Also see: Austin Car Reviews | The History of Austin (AUS Edition)
 
The Austin A125 Sheerline DS1 and A135 Princess DS2 were carryovers from the previous year. In September 1949, an A125 Limousine was introduced. This car, designated Model DM1, was a lengthened six-light edition of the Saloon, with a wheelbase of 11 ft (v. 9 ft 11½ in). It had a glass partition between front and rear compartment and a two-piece propeller shaft. A Touring Limousine (DM2) version of the Vanden PIas bodied A135 Princess had been 46C Austin A90 Atlantic introduced in the previous October.
1949 Austin Austin A90 Atlantic
UK

Austin A90 Atlantic

  Also see: Austin Car Reviews | The History of Austin (AUS Edition)
 
Austin Hire Car, Model FL 1, was a four-door edition of the FX3 Taxi (1948-59) with single-piece front seat It had the 2·2-liter (2199cc) OHV Four engine, developing 67 bhp at 3800 rpm, driving through a four-speed gearbox and underslung worm drive rear axle. Brakes were Girling mechanical and four hand-operated Smith hydraulic jacks were standard fitments. Turning circle was 35 ft Later models had a hypoiddtype rear axle.
1949 Bentley 4 Door Sports Saloon
UK

Bentley 4 Door Sports Saloon

  Also see: Bentley Car Reviews | The History of Bentley
 
Bentley models from September 1948 featured a narrow chromium waistline strip, curved rear wing valances (half-spats) and new type pleated upholstery. As usual, there was a selection of body styles to choose from, including several by well-known coachbuilders. Shown is the Four-door Sports Saloon as produced by the makers, Bentley Motors (1931) Ltd, themselves and costing £4038. It was generally known as the 'standard body'.
1949 Bond Minicar
UK

Bond Minicar

 

Also see: Bond Car Reviews | The History of Bond (AUS Edition)

 
Bond Aircraft and Engineering Co (Blackpool) Ltd of Longridge, Lancashire, introduced their first three-wheeler in mid-1948. Intended as a 'runabout for shopping and calls within a 20-30 mile radius', the car had a chassisless body of stressed-skin construction. It was powered by a 125-cc Villiers two-stroke engine, mounted on a swivelling fork which carried the front wheel, suspension being by means of a trailing link. The brakes operated only on the unsprung but resiliently and independently mounted rear wheels. Shown is a prototype. Quantity production commenced in 1949 with the Mark A.
1949 Bristol 400 and 401 Saloon, 402 Convertible
UK

Bristol 400 and 401 Saloon, 402 Convertible

  Also see: Bristol Car Reviews | The History of Bristol (AUS Edition)
 
Bristol produced three types of cars, namely the 400, the 401 (five-seater Saloon, from September 1948) and the 402 (Convertible version of 401). The latter chassis was used also by some other coachbuilders, including Pinin Farina (later Pininfarina) of Turin, Italy. Shown is a Farina Cabriolet 2 posti.
1949 Cisitalia 202 Spider
Italy

Cisitalia 202 Spider

  Also see: Cisitalia Car Reviews | The History of Cisitilia (AUS Edition)
 
1949 Cisitalia 202 Spider.
1949 Daimler Straight Eight Limousine
UK

Daimler 2½-liter 0818 Special Sports Coupe

  Also see: Daimler Car Reviews | The History of Daimler (AUS Edition)
 
Daimler 2½-liter 0818 Special Sports Coupe, bodied by Barker, was made from October 1948 until 1953. It had a twin-carburetor OHV Six engine with light-alloy cylinder head, producing 85 bhp at 4200 rpm (v 70 bhp of the standard 2½-liter). Price was £2560.
1949 Daimler Straight Eight Model DE36 Drophead Coupe
UK

Daimler Straight Eight Model DE36 Drophead Coupe

  Also see: Daimler Car Reviews | The History of Daimler (AUS Edition)
 
Daimler Straight Eight Model DE36 chassis with Drophead Coupe bodywork by Hooper. This huge car, shown at the Earls Court Motor Show in October/November 1948, was finished in canary yellow and cost £7000. The 12ft 3 in wheelbase chassis sold at the basic price of £2025, the coachwork always being produced and fitted by specialist coachbuilders.
1949
UK

Daimler Straight Eight Limousine

  Also see: Daimler Car Reviews | The History of Daimler (AUS Edition)
 
Daimler Straight Eight with Limousine coachwork by Hooper. The engine was an OHV eight-cylinder in-line 5½-liter with two SU carburetors and an output of 150 bhp at 3600 rpm. It drove the hypoid rear axle through a fluid flywheel with preselector gearbox. Also available in chassis form only was the DE27, a six-cylinder variant with the same bore and stroke (85·1 x 120 mm) and shorter wheelbase (11 ft 6½ in).
1949 Daimler Straight Eight Limousine
UK

Daimler Straight Eight Limousine

  Also see: Daimler Car Reviews | The History of Daimler (AUS Edition)
 
Daimler Straight Eight with Limousine coachwork by Hooper. The engine was an OHV eight-cylinder in-line 5½-liter with two SU carburetors and an output of 150 bhp at 3600 rpm. It drove the hypoid rear axle through a fluid flywheel with preselector gearbox. Also available in chassis form only was the DE27, a six-cylinder variant with the same bore and stroke (85·1 x 120 mm) and shorter wheelbase (11 ft 6½ in).
1949 Ford Anglia Model E494A
UK

Ford Anglia Model E494A

  Also see: Ford UK Car Reviews | The History of Ford
 
Ford Anglia received a facelift in October 1948, and was re-designated Model E494A. The new radiator grille followed the same contour as that of the Eights and Tens of 1937-39, but now had two upright vertically-slatted openings. Introduced at the same time was an Anglia export version with the 1172-cc engine of the Prefect. This car differed in having a '10' radiator badge, the rear number plate mounted on the left and an extra tail lamp. The 1953-59 Ford Popular 103E was a direct descendant from this export-Anglia (which could be bought in the UK only for dollars i). The E494A standard Anglia retained the smaller-bore 933-cc engine. Both were long-stroke (92·5 mm) Fours.
1949 Ford Prefect E493A
UK

Ford Prefect E493A

  Also see: Ford UK Car Reviews | The History of Ford
 
Ford Prefect also had a restyled front end, but more so than the Anglia. The radiator grille of the Prefect. now designated E493A. was not unlike that of the larger Pilot but the headlamps were incorporated in the wings, which were also higher than before. In its new form, but retaining the old 1172-cc engine, it was made until 1953.
1949 Ford Pilot V8 Model E71A
UK

Ford Pilot V8 Model E71A

  Also see: Ford UK Car Reviews | The History of Ford
 
The Ford Pilot V8 Model E71A was continued with periodical modifications and improvements, rather than annual face-lifts. In March 1949, for example, the rear axle ratio was changed from 4·11 to 3·78: 1, and a bonnet safety catch was added.
1949 Hillman Minx Mark III
UK

Hillman Minx Mark III

  Also see: Hillman Car Reviews | The History of Hillman (AUS Edition)
 
The Hillman Minx models were entirely restyled for the 1949 model year. The new Mark III models, introduced in September 1948, incorporated the most drastic changes in the long line of these popular family cars since 1936 (the original Minx dated back to 1931). The full-width bodywork was styled by Raymond Loewy, who was also responsible for the post-war Studebakers. The new car retained most of the existing mechanical components but had independent front suspension with coil springs Wheelbase was 7 ft 9 in. Price £505.
1949 Hillman Minx Mark III Drophead Coupe
UK

Hillman Minx Mark III Drophead Coupe

  Also see: Hillman Car Reviews | The History of Hillman (AUS Edition)
 
The Hillman Minx Mark III Drophead Coupe shared the 1949 restyling with the Saloon. Compared with the Mark II it now had rear quarter windows, which could be cranked down into the bodysides. The price was £576.
1949 Hillman Minx Mark III Estate
UK

Hillman Minx Mark III Estate

  Also see: Hillman Car Reviews | The History of Hillman (AUS Edition)
 
The Hillman Minx Estate Car, as before, combined the styling of the Saloon and the Commer Supervan. The Estate Car sold at £595, the Van at £350. They had the same 1185-cc side-valve Four engine as the other Minxes.
1949 Humber Hawk
UK

Humber Hawk

  Also see: Humber Car Reviews | The History of Humber
 
The Humber Hawk was completely restyled, along the same lines as Rootes' smaller Hillman Minx, the main difference being the vertical radiator grille. Unlike the Minx, the Hawk retained a separate chassis frame. The new model was designated Mark III and, again like the Hillman Minx, featured independent front suspension, but had the engine of the previous model, in this case the 1944-cc side-valve Four unit (which was also used in certain Rootes Commer and Karrier trucks). Wheelbase was 8 ft 9½ in, price £799.
1949 Humber Super Snipe Mark II
UK

Humber Super Snipe Mark II

  Also see: Humber Car Reviews | The History of Humber
 
The Humber Super Snipe for 1949 (Mark II) was also restyled, but not as dramatically as the Hawk. It was now a full six-seater, with longer wheelbase. steering-column gearshift and other modifications. The engine was basically the same 4086-cc 100-bhp Six as before. The Snipe was discontinued. The Pullman became available in Saloon form, without partition and designated Imperial, and the Super Snipe Saloon was joined by a Touring Limousine variant. both in the autumn of 1949.
1949 Humber Super Snipe Mark II Drophead Coupe
UK

Humber Super Snipe Mark II Drophead Coupe

  Also see: Humber Car Reviews | The History of Humber
 
The Humber Super Snipe Drophead Coupe was produced in very small quantity by Tickford. The top was of the three-position type: fully open, half closed and fully closed.
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UK

Jaguar Mark V Saloon and Drophead Coupe

  Also see: Jaguar Car Reviews | Jaguar - A Racing Pedigree
 
Jaguar Mark V models, Saloon and Drophead Coupe, were introoduced in October 1948. They were available with 2½ and 3½ liter engine. The 1½-liter model was discontinued in March 1949, and the old style 2½- and 3½- liter Saloons were kept in production until October.
1949 Jaguar XK120
UK

Jaguar XK120

  Also see: Jaguar Car Reviews | Jaguar - A Racing Pedigree
 
The Jaguar XK120 was a brand new and sensational Sports Two-Seater, and it hit the automotive world like a bombshell. It had a new twin-OHC 3½- liter 160-bhp six-cylinder engine, extremely fast and yet sufficiently docile for ordinary motoring. On a stretch of the Brussels-Ostend motorway near Jabbeke, an XK120 was officially timed at over 132 mph, the only non-standard fitment being an undershield. An American journal, Californian Autonews, wrote: 'it is typically British that Jaguar never claimed more than 120 mph for this car'.
1949 Jaguar XK120
UK

Jaguar XK120

  Also see: Jaguar Car Reviews | Jaguar - A Racing Pedigree
 
The Jaguar XK120 was uniquely and beautiifully styled. The car was originally intended for a limited production run, but the demand was so great particularly in the USA that it was kept in production until 1954 and then continued in XK140 and XK150 form until superseded by the E-type in 1961.
1949 Jaguar XK120
UK

Jaguar XK120

  Also see: Jaguar Car Reviews | Jaguar - A Racing Pedigree
 
Jaguar XK120s in standard and modified form took part in numerous sporting events. This picture shows the 1949 Silverstone race winner in full swing, hotly pursued by another XK and a Healey. In 1951 a special competition version appeared: the C-Type (XK120C), which was very successful at Le Mans.
1949 Jaguar XK120 at Silverstone
UK

Jaguar XK120 at Silverstone

  Also see: Jaguar Car Reviews and Le Mans 1951
 
Jaguar XK120s in standard and modified form took part in numerous sporting events. This picture shows the 1949 Silverstone race winner in full swing, hotly pursued by another XK and a Healey. In 1951 a special competition version appeared: the C-Type (XK120C), which was very successful at Le Mans.
1949 Jaguar XK120 - Rear View
UK

Jaguar XK120 (rear view)

  Also see: Jaguar Car Reviews and Le Mans 1951
 
Rear view of the Jaguar XK120
1949 Jaguar XK120 Interior and Dashboard
UK

Jaguar XK120 (dash)

  Also see: Jaguar Car Reviews and Le Mans 1951
 
Rear view of the Jaguar XK120
1949 Jaguar XK120 Super Sports
UK

Jaguar XK120 Super Sports

  Also see: Jaguar Car Reviews and Le Mans 1951
 
Rear view of the Jaguar XK120
1949 Jensen 4-Door Saloon and Convertible
UK

Jensen 4-Door Saloon and Convertible

  Also see: Jensen Car Reviews | The History of Jensen
 
Jensen Motors Ltd of West Bromwich, who before the war had built Ford V8-engined Specials, announced a new luxury car in 1946. Actual series production commenced in 1948, there being a four-door Saloon and a four-door Convertible. The eight-cylinder OHV engine, produced by Henry Meadows Ltd, had a capacity of 3860 cc and a maximum output of 130 bhp. In September 1949, this engine was replaced by the 4-liter Six of the Austin A125 Sheerline.
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UK

Jowett Javelin Series PA

  Also see: Jowett Car Reviews | The History of Jowett
 
The Jowett Javelin Series PA was one of the first of British post-war car designs that kept selling well in both the UK domestic market and overseas. In September, the 1950 Series PB was announced in Standard and De Luxe form, with differences in trim and equipment. Javelins came 1st and 3rd in the 1949 Monte Carlo Rally (1½-liter class) and 1st in the Belgian 24-hour Grand Prix (2-liter touring class).
1949 Lagonda 2½-Litre Mark I Saloon
UK

Lagonda 2½-liter Mark I Saloon

  Also see: The History of Lagonda
 
The Lagonda 2½-liter Mark I Saloon was continued from 1948 without change and produced until October 1952. The Mark I Drophead Coupe was continued until 1953.
1949 Lanchester Ten, Series L010
UK

Lanchester Ten, Series L010

  Also see: The History of Lanchester
 
The Lanchester Ten, Series L010, with all-steel saloon bodywork by Briggs, was conceived before the war and produced from 1946 until September 1949, when it was replaced by a four-light Barker-bodied (coachbuilt) saloon on the same 8 ft 3 in wheelbase chassis. This is the Briggs-bodied car. The Barker-bodied successor was made until mid-1951 .
1949 Land Rover Station Wagon
UK

Land Rover Station Wagon

  Also see: Land Rover Car Reviews | The History of Rover (AUS Edition)
 
Rover introduced a 6/7-seater Station Wagon on the LandRover 80-in wheelbase chassis in October 1948. Not many were made. however, and this body style was discontinued in mid-1951.
1949 Lea-Francis Fourteen
UK

Lea-Francis Fourteen

  Also see: The History of Lea-Francis
 
The Lea-Francis Fourteen for 1949 had restyled six-light bodywork with the headlamps incorporated in the front end, and front wings flowing back to blend in with the rear wings. The 9 ft 3 in wheelbase chassis now had independent front suspension with torsion bars. There were two versions: the Mark V and Mark VI (shown), the latter being a luxurious edition with sliding roof, heater, radio, etc. Both were made primarily for export.
Mercedes 170D
Germany

Mercedes-Benz 170D

  Also see: Mercedes-Benz Car Reviews | The History of Mercedes-Benz
 
As with its twin the 170S, the 170D was the first serious production Mercedes saloon to appear after the war. The 170D naturally shared its body with the 170S, but with the implementation of a diesel motor the car was able to offer the motoring public a much more economically viable method of transport at a time when economic hardship was rife. In fact, it was the experience gained in 1936 with the 2.6 liter diesel engined passenger cars that Mercedes had been manufacturing prior to the war that allowed the rapid development of a post-war diesel powered Mercedes.
1949 MG Midget TC
UK

MG Midget TC

  Also see: MG Car Reviews | The MG Story | The History of MG
 
The MG Midget TC was now in its last year and for 1950 was modified in several respects such as the adoption of independent front suspension, rack and pinion steering (as on Y-type) and bolt-on disc wheels. Of the TC approximately 10,000 were built from late 1945 until December 1949.
1949 MG TD
UK

MG TD

  Also see: MG Car Reviews | The MG Story | The History of MG
 
Developed in 1949 for the 1950 model year, the MG TD combined the TC's drivetrain, a modified hypoid-geared rear axle, the MG Y-type chassis, a familiar T-type style body and independent suspension using coil springs from the MG Y-type saloon. Also new were rack and pinion steering, smaller 15-inch (380 mm) disc type road wheels, a left-hand drive option and standard equipment bumpers and over-riders. The car was also 5 inches (130 mm) wider with a track of 50 inches (1,300 mm).
1949 Morris 10cwt Estate Van
UK

Morris 10cwt Estate Van

  Also see: Morris Car Reviews | Morris Production Details 1939 - 1950
 
1949 Morris 10 cwt station wagon.
1949 Morris Minor
UK

Morris Minor

  Also see: Morris Car Reviews | Morris Production Details 1939 - 1950
 
Morris introduced their completely new post-war designs in October 1948, following many years of development. The development of the Minor, in fact, can be traced back to the war years when Mr (later Sir) Alec Issigonis first put its basic shape on paper. It was then code-named Mosquito and intended to have a flat-four engine. When it appeared as the Minor it was powered by the 918-cc Series E engine of the Eight which it replaced, but apart from this the car was a total departure from earlier Morris practice.
1949 Morris Minor Series MM
UK

Morris Minor Series MM

  Also see: Morris Car Reviews | Morris Production Details 1939 - 1950
 
The Morris Minor Series MM was available originally in two-door Saloon and Tourer variants. Later more body styles were added and, from June 1951, the Tourer was known as Convertible. The Minor had a 27·5-bhp side-valve Four engine with four-speed gearbox and 7 ft 2 in wheelbase. The front wheels were suspended independently, and steered by rack and pinion. Tyre size was 5.00-14 and price £383 for both models.
1949 Morris Oxford Series MO
UK

Morris Oxford Series MO

  Also see: Morris Car Reviews | Morris Production Details 1939 - 1950
 
The Morris Oxford Series MO was introduced simultaneously with the Minor and featured the same basic styling. It was available only as a four-door Saloon. at £546. Engine was a 1476·5-cc (73·5 x 87 mm) side-valve Four, developing 41 bhp at 4200 rpm. driving through a four-speed gearbox with column shift. Like the Minor, the car had independent front suspension with torsion bars and unitary body-cum-chassis construction.
1949 Morris Six Series MS
UK

Morris Six Series MS

  Also see: Morris Car Reviews | Morris Production Details 1939 - 1950
 
The Morris Six, Series MS, was the Company's third new car for 1949. Priced at £672, this model had the same bodyshell as the Oxford but a longer bonnet, accommodating a 65-bhp six-cylinder OHC engine, and a vertical radiator grille. Wheelbase of the Oxford and Six was 8 ft 1 in and 9 ft 2 in respectively.
1949 Riley 2½-Litre RMD Drophead Coupe
UK

Riley 2½-liter RMD Drophead Coupe

  Also see: Riley Car Reviews | The History of Riley
 
The Riley 2½-liter RMD Drophead Coupe was produced from September 1948, until 1951. It cost £1215 and was based on the 2½-liter Saloon. In addition there were the three-seater Roadster at £1125 and the 1½-liter Saloon at £913. The Roadster had steering-column mounted gearshift until January 1950, when it became a two-seater with centrally mounted remote control lever, like the other models.
1949 RolIs-Royce Silver Wraith 4¼-Litre Touring Limousine
UK

RolIs-Royce Silver Wraith 4¼-liter Touring Limousine

  Also see: Rolls-Royce Car Reviews | The History of Rolls-Royce
 
The RolIs-Royce Silver Wraith 4¼-liter Touring Limousine by Hooper, which cost £6068 and was the most expensive model in the 1949 catalogue. July saw the introduction of the smaller export-only Silver Dawn, which had the steel saloon body of the 'standard' Bentley. It was not until late in 1953 that the Silver Dawn became readily available on the home market, by which time it had undergone several detail modifications.
1949 Rover 75 Cyclops
UK

Rover 75 Cyclops

  Also see: Rover Car Reviews | The History of Rover (AUS Edition)
 
The Rover Seventy-Five was superseded in September by the P4 Series, which was entirely new with the main exception of the six-cylinder engine - in 1953 the Sixty was brought in line with the P4 Seventy-Five and another version, the P4 Ninety, added.
1949 Rover P3
UK

Rover P3

  Also see: Rover Car Reviews | The History of Rover (AUS Edition)
 
The Rover P3 Series was continued unchanged from 1949, in four- and six-cylinder form.
1949 Saab 92
Sweden

Saab 92

  Also see: Saab Car Reviews | The History of SAAB
 
All early Saab 92s were painted in a dark green color similar to British racing green. According to some sources, Saab had a surplus of green paint from wartime production of airplanes. Saab's rally history already started two weeks after the 92 was released, when Saab's head engineer Rolf Mellde entered the Swedish Rally and came second in his class.
1949 Singer SM1500 Saloon
UK

Singer SM1500 Saloon

  Also see: Singer Car Reviews | The History of Singer
 
The Singer SM1500 Saloon made its appearance in October 1948, and during 1949 the earlier Super Ten and Twelve Saloons were phased out. The SM1500 was placed into quantity production in mid-1949, alongside the Nine Roadster, and was an entirely new modernized model with coil-spring independent front suspension, full-width body on longer wheelbase (separate) chassis. The body styling was not as elegant as most of its contenders in the 1½-liter class. The price was £799.
1949 Standard Vanguard Series 20S
UK

Standard Vanguard Series 20S

  Also see: Standard Car Reviews | The History of Standard
 
Standard continued their well-selling Vanguard Series 20S (later known as Vanguard Phase I) Saloon, which had now become available on the home market. Like most British 1949 models, the car featured separate side lights from September (1950 model year). Phase I models remained in production, with periodical modifications, until 1953 when the beetle-back body was restyled and given a 'notch-back' rear end with projecting boot.
1949 Sunbeam-Talbot 80 and 90
UK

Sunbeam-Talbot 80 and 90

  Also see: Sunbeam Car Reviews | The History of Sunbeam
 
The Sunbeam-Talbot Ten and 2-liter Saloons were superseded in the summer of 1948 by completely restyled models, the 80 and the 90, selling at £889 and £953 respectively. The very sleek bodywork, retaining the exclusive rear side window configuration, was by Thrupp & Maberly and was the same for both cars. The main differrence was in the engine size, which was 1185 and 1944 cc like the preceding Ten and 2-liter resp., but now with overhead valves and other modifications resulting in better performance, namely 47 bhp for the 80 and 64 for the 90.
1949 Sunbeam-Talbot 80 and 90
UK

Sunbeam-Talbot 80 and 90

  Also see: Sunbeam Car Reviews | The History of Sunbeam
 
The Sunbeam-Talbot 80 and 90 were availlable as two-door Convertible Coupe with three-position top. They cost £991 and £1055 respectively.
1949 Tatra Tatraplan 600
Czech Republic

Tatra Tatraplan 600

  Also see: Tatra Car Reviews | The History of Tatra
 
After World War 2 the Tatra works were nationalised in by the Czech government, and car production was concentrated on two types, the old front-engined 57B four-cylinder model and the rear-engined 87 eight-cylinder, though Tatra's main immediate post-war task was to replace the 60,000 railway waggons and carriages lost by Czechoslovakia. But the firm was still the country's biggest car and truck maker, accounting for 46 per cent of car production in 1946 and 1947 and employing over 5000 workers. A new passenger car was introduced in 1948 to replace the 57B and 87 - the Tatraplan T600, based on the pre-war 97 but with a two-liter engine mounted in the rear. Production of this car was transferred in 1951 from Koprivnice to the firm's AZNP Mlada Boleslav factory, in order to make way for the manufacture of T128 and T111 R trucks in quantity. (Production of railway rolling stock also ceased in the same year for the same reason.)
1949 Tatra Tatraplan 600
Czechoslovakia

Tatra Tatraplan 600

  Also see: Tatra Car Reviews | The History of Tatra
  Years of production: 1949-1951-1953 (pre-series 1947 (Tatra 107))
4x2 rear-motor 4-door sedan
Engine: 52hp/4000rpm, aircooled 4-cyl. boxer OHV, 1952cc
Bore/Stroke: 85/86 mm
Compression ratio: 6 : 1
Length: 4,54m, width: 1,67m, height: 1,52m
Wheelbase: 2,70m
Front suspension: parallelogram with 2 transversal leaf springs
Rear suspension: independent, with 2 coil springs
Front- and rear wheeltrack - 1,300mm
Weight: 1200 kg
Mechanical brakes on all wheels
Maximal speed: 130 km/h
Fuel consumption: 11 L/100km
3 cars built with non-petrol but oil engines.
In 1951 production was moved from Koprivnice to Mlada Boleslav.
1949 Triumph Mayflower
UK

Triumph Mayflower

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The Mayflower was the first small car to be built by Triumph under their new owners the Standard Motor Company and used a version of the pre-war Standard 10 side-valve engine updated by having an aluminum cylinder head and single Solex carburetor. The engine developed 38 bhp (28 kW) at 4200 rpm. The 3-speed gearbox, with column shift, came from the Standard Vanguard and had synchromesh on all the forward ratios. There was independent suspension at the front using coil springs but a solid back axle and half-elliptic leaf springs, also based on the one used on the Vanguard, was at the rear. The front-suspension design went on to be used on the Triumph TR2. Lockheed hydraulic brakes were fitted. A car tested by the British magazine The Motor in 1950 had a top speed of 62.9 mph (101.2 km/h) and could accelerate from 0–50 mph (80 km/h) in 26.6 seconds. A fuel consumption of 28.3 miles per imperial gallon (9.98 L/100 km; 23.6 mpg-US) was recorded. The test car cost £505 including taxes. In the same year the similarly sized but less well equipped and more aggressively priced Morris Minor was advertised at £382.
1949 Triumph Triumph Roadster 2000
UK

Triumph Roadster 2000

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The Triumph 2000 Roadster, Series 20TR, was in its last year. Compared with the preceding 1800 model, the 1949 model had the same engine as the Standard Vanguard and also the latter's three-speed gearbox, replacing the earlier four-speed type. In all, about 4500 Roadsters were made. Visible ahead of the boot lid handles is the hinged glass-panelled lid, which, when erected, formed a windscreen for the passengers in the dickey seat.
1949 Vauxhall Wyvern and Velox
UK

Vauxhall Wyvern and Velox

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Vauxhall 1949 models comprised the new Wyvern, Model LlX, and Velox, Model LIP, Saloons. The basic bodyshell was like the preceding Twelve, but front and rear end were new, and there were many other changes. The Wyvern differed from the Velox mainly in the following respects: four-cylinder 1442-cc engine (v. 2275cc Six), wheels in body color (v. cream), no bumper overriders and smaller-section tires (5.00-16 v. 5.25 and later 5.90-16). For export to Australia special variants were produced, i.e. with a normal chassis frame for the mounting of Australian Saloon and Tourer bodywork (Wyvern LBX, Velox LB P).
Volkswagen Beetle
Germany

Volkswagen Beetle

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The car that needs little introduction, Adolf Hitler's dream of building a low-cost car for the masses has proved to be a huge hit for decades and boasts over 21 million sales.
Volkswagen Beetle
Germany

Volkswagen Beetle

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It was in the 1930s when Ferdinand Porsche created the "people's car" - the Volkswagen. The Type 1 Volkswagen with its distinctive shape became known as the "Beetle" and became the most popular mass-mobility car of all time. The first VW Beetle arrived in New York in January of 1949.
Volkswagen Beetle
Germany

Volkswagen Beetle

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The selling price of the 1949 Beetle was $800 and two were sold that year in the U.S. By 1960, Volkswagen had imported 500,000 Beetles into the U.S., and by 1981 the 20,000,000th Beetle was produced. The rear-engine, rear-wheel-drive car had excellent road-handling capabilities, especially in winter. The gasoline tank was mounted under the front hood. Early models did not have a gas gauge but did have a reserve tank that was activated by a lever in the passenger compartment. The Beetles were powered by a four cylinder 1.13 liter motor that delivered 18.6 kW (25 hp) at 3000 rpm.
Volkswagen Beetle
Germany

Volkswagen Beetle

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The horizontal pistons had a bore of 75 mm (2.94 in) and a stroke of 64 mm (2.52 in) with a compression ratio of 5.8:1. The crankcase was a two-piece design with bolt-on finned cylinder heads. The centrally mounted camshaft was gear driven directly off the forged steel camshaft. The pushrods were housed in separate tubes connected to the aluminum alloy heads. The engine was air cooled by an upright fan connected by a shaft to the generator, that was belt driven.
1949 Wolseley British Army FV1800 Series ¼-ton 4 x 4 Mudlark
UK

Wolseley British Army FV1800 Series ¼-ton 4 x 4 Mudlark

  Also see: Wolseley Car Reviews | Wolseley Production Numbers 1940 - 1950
 

Wolseley produced a small number of pilot models of the new British Army FV1800 Series ¼-ton 4 x 4 vehicle, which was developed from the Nuffield 'Gutty' and powered by a Rolls-Royce B40 petrol engine. In one British Military publication the vehicle was listed as 'FV1801 Wolseley B. Jeep' ; it was also known as Wolseley GP Vehicle, 5-cwt. 4 x 4. The Austin-built Champ, which was the eventual quantity-production model differed mainly in having restyled wings and stiffening ribs pressed in the bonnet and body side panels.

1949 Wolseley Four-Fifty and Six-Eighty
UK

Wolseley Four-Fifty and Six-Eighty

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The Wolseley 1949 programme consisted of two four-door Saloons, the Four-Fifty and the slightly longer Six-Eighty. They shared the bodywork and many other components with the Morris Oxford and Six, but had their own distinctive radiator grilles with the traditional illuminated radiator badge. The engines were similar in design, differing only in the number of cylinders and carburetors (Four-Fifty; single-carb. 51-bhp 1476-cc Four; Six-Eighty; twin-carb 72-bhp 2215cc Six) Bore and stroke were the same, 73·5 x 87 mm; both engines had an overhead camshaft. Prices were £704 and £767, wheelbase 8 ft 6 in and 9 ft 2 in respectively.

1949 Wolseley 4/50 Saloon
UK

Wolseley 4/50

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1949 Wolseley Four-Fifty saloon, powered by a four-cylinder 1476cc engine good for 51 bhp @ 4400 rpm.

1949 Wolseley 4/50
UK

Wolseley 4/50

  Also see: Wolseley Car Reviews | Wolseley Production Numbers 1940 - 1950
 

Quoting the brochure: "The first glimpse of the Wolseley Four-Fifty gives an impression of a car of unusual grace and style. Designed and built with meticulous care, no detail affecting the comfort and safety of driver and passengers has been overlooked. The 1.5 liter four-cylinder overhead valve engine, with valves operated direct from the camshaft, develops 50 brake horse power. It will cruise happily at 60 m.p.h. and exceed 70 m.p.h. Long torsion bars and telescopic shock absorbers ensure smooth travel, free from roll. Sparkling new colors are founded on a strong "Monoconstruction" body, rust proofed throughout for long life and lasting beauty. All upholstery is in leather with Dunlopillo foam rubber cushioning. An air circulating and heating unit is standard. Hydraulic brakes are of the latest type Lockheed with two leading shoes at the front; safety glass is fitted to all windows. The Wolseley Four-Fifty is a full five-seater car."

1949 Wolseley 6/80
UK

Wolseley 6/80

  Also see: Wolseley Car Reviews | Wolseley Production Numbers 1940 - 1950
 

Quoting the brochure: "The Wolseley Six-Eighty is designed for the motorist requiring luxury combined with a high standard of performance. It is powered by a 2.5 liter o.h.v. six-cylinder engine, overhead camshaft engine, developing between 70 and 80 b.h.p. Wire wound, controlled expansion aluminum pistons ensure even compression and maximum output at any engine temperature; a wonderfully smooth flow of power is delivered throughout the speed range. Twin S.U. carburetors are fitted for high efficiency performance. Large diameter Lockheed hydraulic brakes, smoothly positive in action, give perfect confidence at the high speeds attainable with this car. All upholstery is in fine quality English leather. A car heater with in-built de-mister and heater ducts is a standard fitting and provision is made for the installation of radio. The polished wood facia panel is a new design. The Wolseley Six-Eighty is a long wheelbased car -110 in.- combining the fine features of the Four-Fifty with unusual luxury and superlative performance. It is a car which will delight the most critical of motorists."

1949 Hillman Minx Phase III Saloon
1949 Hillman Minx Phase III Saloon.
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