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1946 Chevrolet Fleetmaster

Year:  1946
Make:  Chevrolet
Model:  Fleetmaster
Price:  $12,950


The Chevrolet Fleetmaster was the top of the Chevy line in 1946, and its interior appointments reinforce that fact. A comfortable 4 door that the owner purchased at Barrett Jackson’s Scottsdale auction two years ago, this car drives and looks like one with that pedigree. Re-finished in Cameo Cream exterior with a matching light brown fabric interior, this car shows well.

The paint is in excellent condition with a few minor scrapes on the driver’s side (see picture) that should be repaired to make it perfect. The chrome is in average to good condition, with some evidence of pitting and some dents in the lower rocker trim. The interior is spotless, from the seats to the headliner. In 2004 the interior was completely redone—upholstery, door and kick panels, headliner, carpet and wood grained dash/window frames. There is no evidence of rust, and the body panels are all nicely aligned.

Mechanically, the car starts, drives and stops as it should. It has Chevrolet’s “valve-in-head” 6 cylinder, 90 horsepower engine, and double-articulated hydraulic brakes. Chevrolet also employed a three-speed manual transmission with synchromesh, actuated through a column-mounted shift lever that was called “Vacuum-Power shift” to move the car through the gears with a minimum of driver effort.

This is a perfect car for someone who loves the early post-war Chevys or who wants to get into the classic car hobby with an extremely clean and reliable fully restored car at an affordable price.

All in all, this Scout SR-2 appears to be in excellent original condition, and has been well-cared for.  The current owner has had this vehicle since 1999.  Scouts have a reputation for being bullet-proof tough, and as such are often in a condition that reflects hard use.  This Scout, however, appears to have been carefully used and well cared for, and represents an unusual opportunity for a new owner to get a vehicle that cannot be duplicated.