This significant story was released on the big screen across America over the weekend in Hollywood's "42." The movie depicts Jackie Robinson's struggles and triumphs throughout the 1940's. America was going through a lot of changes at this point in time. To commemorate this important period in American history, we would like to look back at Buick and GM during this era.
Roadmasters were in production from 1936 to 1958, and reintroduced later in
the 90's. In 1948 Buick introduced Dynaflow automatic transmission. The
Dynaflow transmission greatly increased acceleration, and made it a smoother
ride. The Roadmaster depicted in the picture above is a fourth-generation
model. Fourth-generation models were produced from 1942 to 1948.
1947 Buick Roadmaster
1949 Buick RoadmasterThe Roadmaster received its first major postwar restyling in 1949. Roadmasters were built on Buick's longest wheelbase, this was reduced on the 49' model. The Roadmaster also was fitted with a distinguished curved glass windshield. Buick also introduced "VentiPorts" on the 1949 Roadmaster, the three vents on the front fender behind the front wheels.
GMC suspended most truck production during World War II. Most pickups produced by GMC during the years of the war were basically 1941-1942 models. Directly after the war, little upgrades were added. It wasn't until 1947 that GMC introduced entirely restyled truck lines. These became the first rebodied General Motors vehicles produced after the war.
The picture above is a GMC One Ton Pickup Truck from 1949. It produced 94 horsepower with a 228 cubic inch Super-Duty Inline Six Cylinder engine.