Best Cars Of 1945 – The Greatest Cars In The World This Year
During WWII, U.S. automakers manufactured a wide variety of vehicles, munitions, and more for the government. They made tanks like the Fisher Body Grand Blanc, the Ford M10 Wolverine, and the M18 Hellcat, produced by the Buick Motor Car Division of General Motors.
Automakers also produced parts for planes, including the infamous Enola Gay. The 18-foot nose section of the fuselage was built by Chrysler. Chevrolet alone produced 60,000 engines for Pratt & Whitney cargo and bomber planes between 1942 and 1945, along with 500,000 trucks, 8 million artillery shells, and much more.
By the time the Second World War ended in 1945, the total value of goods produced by the U.S. auto industry for the war would exceed $29 million (nearly $400,000,000 in today’s money). With the war over, automakers were free to return to manufacturing new cars for the consumer public.