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Billed as the epitome of both style and comfort, all that needs to be said about the Chevrolet Stylemaster is in it's very name. The car, produced between 1946 and 1948, underwent three revisions (once every year) until it was replaced by the 1500 GJ Series Chevrolet Special in 1949.
Chevrolet Stylemaster: a brief model history
Designed and manufactured by Chevrolet, the Chevrolet Stylemaster was first released in 1946 with the DJ Stylemaster as the base model. The higher-end model, for enthusiasts, was also released, yet it was known as the DK Chevrolet Fleetmaster instead. The base Chevrolet Stylemaster came with a 3.5L straight-six engine coupled with a 3-speed manual gearbox. The vehicle came in four different arrangements. The first being a 2-door Town Sedan, the second being a 4-door Sport Sedan, third being a 2-door Business Coupe and the final also being a 2-door Business Coupe except that it had 5 seats (3 in the rear) instead of 2.
The first revision of the Chevrolet Stylemaster came the following year in 1947. Essentially, the car was almost exactly the same as its predecessor, with the exception of a new front grille, and that it had a somewhat more horizontal body. The second revision meanwhile, which occurred in 1948, was also largely unchanged. This time, a vertical bar was placed down the middle of the front grille, and the 2-door 5-passanger Coupe offered in 1947 was scrapped in favour of the new Club Coupe model.
The Club Coupe would be the final model offered for the Chevrolet Stylemaster before being replaced shortly after. And although it didn't do so well in the American market, it did manage to sell quite comfortably in Australia. Though it is not clear exactly how many models were produced in Australia, aAll-in-all, almost 1.8 million Chevrolet Stylemasters were produced over 4 years. And, although we can only guess how many of these ended up being sold during that time, that number is a pretty solid accomplishment in itself.
Chevrolet Stylemaster goes Down Under
Though the Chevrolet Stylemaster was mainly intended for the US market, it did produce and sell decently well in Australia via the GM-owned manufacturer Holden. In essence, the cars were exactly identical under the hood, with the only notable differences found on the exterior. The Australian Chevrolet Stylemaster variants had more spacious trunks and included a pick-up Coupe variant (known as a utility coupe in Australia). Aside from these aesthetic alterations, the grille and overall shape remained identical to Chevrolet Stylemaster vehicles sold throughout the US.
Chevrolet Stylemaster: final days
With the 1500 GJ Series Chevrolet Special released in 1949, it was clear that there was no more room for the Chevrolet Stylemaster in the growing automobile industry. Despite its short lifespan, the car remains an icon of 1940's America and has featured in numerous films and TV-series throughout the century. The car has managed hold its aesthetic value exceptionally well, and to this date, still guarantees to turn some heads whenever it's seen making the rounds around town.