After nearly four years of war in which no civilian passenger cars had been produced, the public was starved for new cars, so sales kept pace with production. To jump-start its passenger car business, Chevrolet went back to its 1942 model year tooling to jump start its passenger car business. After all, the paid-for factory tooling was already in place, and the demand for new cars was unprecedented. The result was that the cars changed very little for a few years as Chevrolet made as many vehicles as possible.
The Fleetmaster line was Chevrolet’s middle trim level in this period, comparable to the Special Deluxe trim level from the prewar years, with the Stylemaster being the budget offering and the Fleetline being the top trim level. Collectors are drawn to this era for its potential in both restoration and custom work.