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Jim Hills Ford Receives the new 1946 Ford Models

Jim Hills Ford Receives the 1946 Models For Car Hungry Buyers

This press photo shows a scene played out across the country many times after World War II when the eager public had waited for years for the chance to buy a new car. Finally after production started again, many would show up to watch as the new 1946 models began to arrive at car dealerships across the country. The new cars were the first to be available to the public since the 1942 production year was cut short at the beginning World War II.

This press photo is dated October of 1945 and gives the location of Jim Hills Ford and Mercury as being in Oak Park, Illinois. It appears that they also have a 1946 model on the showroom floor inside, behind the group on the sidewalk eagerly watching the new cars arrive. Check out the enlargeable photos below for more detail. You can view an earlier five-part series called Moving the Metal that covers auto delivery by truck here on The Old Motor.

Jim Hills Ford Receives the new 1946 Ford Models

Jim Hills Ford Receives the new 1946 Ford Models

Jim Hills Ford Receives the new 1946 Ford Models

6 responses to “Jim Hills Ford Receives the 1946 Models For Car Hungry Buyers

  1. I drove a car hauler for about one month back in the 70’s part time for a used car dealer in Houston, TX. It was a workout and rather scary driving cars up top. Once you got it parked you had to climb out the window then crack the door open enough to roll up or power up the window. Then you had to chain them down for the trip.

  2. Great photo! I really like the ’41 (?) Lincoln Zephyr V-12 Coupe parked to the right of the truck too. That model probably wasn’t too common in the 40’s & would now be much rarer than a ’41 Lincoln Continental.

  3. Buying a car right after WWII ended was not as easy as walking into a dealership and picking out a car. From what my Father told me, you had to go to the Office of Price Administration (OPA) and get a certificate to purchase a particular vehicle in a dealer’s inventory. One also had to prove an urgent need to purchase a particular vehicle. The price that you had to pay for the vehicle was also established by the OPA.
    My Father, after getting out of the service went to the OPA and was given a certificate for a 47 Desoto Custom Club coupe. When he went to the dealer to pick-up the car, while still in uniform, the dealer refused to sell the car to him for the price on the certificate. Some dealers wanted money under the table to acquire a new vehicle. My Father went back to the OPA, they contacted the dealer who was forced to sell the car to my Father for the stated price. The salesman was very upset and cussed my Father out for not offering them some under the table money. My Father was a physician and in those days, he made house calls & had a priority need for a vehicle.

  4. I remember when my dad bought a new 46 Chevy in New Orleans. His was one of the first and while on a short trip “across the lake” we saw another 46 Chevy. Dad tooted the horn and the other driver tooted back. We were so proud of our new car.

  5. Working as car hauler must have been much more difficult than today. Not, that it’s an easy job today!

    Today, buying a car is easy. Often people don’t even go to the dealer when they start searching. They simply check online. It’s startling how much things have changed over the last few decades.

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