This 1946 Ford is a Post-War Beauty!

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After facing several years of restricted civilian production due to the war, 1946 saw the dawn of a new era for Ford. In dire straights financially, and dealing with the departure of Henry Ford as the leader of the company, Ford was ready to get back on track.

1946 also saw the return of things we now take for granted, such as chrome trim and even spare tires. Ford focused on ramping up truck production first, because they were desperately needed to help restart the economy and the country. Americans were quite simply more than ready to get back to work.


This particular Ford 1946 might be one of the nicest you’ll ever see. Black is arguably the best color ever put on these trucks, and the paint job here is perfection. It makes the shiny chrome stand out even more, and really accentuates the wide white-wall tires and hub caps.


Inside, things are also stock and as basic as it gets, with a vinyl bench that’s as flat as a 2×4, and a no nonsense rubber floor mat beneath it. Under the hood lies a 226 cubic inch flathead six-cylinder, backed up by a three speed manual transmission.

If you like trucks that tell a story, this one is certainly your cup of tea. It represents a very important time in this country and is literally a rolling piece of history. The significance of the auto industry and its roll in restarting the economy post-war cannot be understated, and neither can this beauty of a truck.

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Brett Foote is a longtime contributor to Internet Brands’ Auto sites, including Chevrolet Forum, Rennlist, and Ford Truck Enthusiasts, among other sites.

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