Although each decade in history is different; the decade of the 1940's
is by far the most unusual in U.S. automobile history. This was the only
period of time when automobile production stopped for a period of 3-4 years.
No cars were manufactured after 1942 due to World War II. Production for
civilians did not resume until 1946 .
During this period U.S. manufacturers did continue to design cars with new
styling for introduction when the war would end. Substantial alterations
in fender and roof lines were made in the late 1940's. There is no question
the production of war machinery (including the Jeep) lead to a healthy post-war
Although there were many interesting automobiles produced during the
1940's; it was only recently that the model/ toy industry began to produce
miniature replicas of this decade in 1/64 scale. Now, these companies are
beginning to provide the market with selected models of '40-'41 Willys ,
early Fords and '49 Mercury's . In this summary review I have attempted
to list all known models. For clarity, I have categorized these models in
alphabetical order by the car manufacturer and then listed them chronologically.
Roadmaster - Tootsietoy issued this model - believed to be a Buick
Special - By Vintage Casting (1940) slush casting . No additional
Roadmaster - This model was produced by Road Champs in 1985. This
fastback model features opening doors. Roadmaster - This same model
appears to have been copied very crudely by Summer about 10 or more years
ago and was one of many toys included in a large play set.
Riviera - This was introduced by Racing Champions( RC) in 1997 in
their Mint Edition series #113. This casting features a side opening hood
with a detailed engine. RC also produced a modified version of this casting
in their Hot Rod series #139 .The hood on this model opens from the front
and there is a sun visor attached to the windshield.
4 Door Sedan - By MRC #01 (1970's) No additional information.
Coupe de Ville - This was produced by RC in the Mint Edition Series
# 243 in 1999 and also has an opening engine hood.
Cadzilla- Hot Wheels produced the customized car in their limited
edition Collectibles Boyd Coddington set in 1999.
Fleetline - Revell- Monogram has just issued this fastback model
in their Lowriders series # 3352 . This is a very nice replication of the
real car except the wheels should have been larger, but it is a Lowrider.
Thankfully they did not omit any chrome detail.
Sedan & Coupe - By Renwal #'s 143 &144 . These models may
be plastic. No additional information.
Coupe - RC introduced this model in their Hot Rod series in 1997
# 16, along with a Pickup truck . A Station Wagon in was issued
in 1999 in the Field and Stream series #1.
Pickup Truck F-1 - Johnny Lightning issued this model in their Truckin'
America series in 1998.
2 Door Sedan - Hot Wheels issued this fastback model # 3919 first
as the 40's Ford 2 door in 1983 and later as the Fat Fendered '40. It is
still available at present.
Station Wagon - HW issued the 40's Woody in 1980 under model # 1131.
It has a chrome engine protruding through the hood. It has been produced
many times since in assorted colors and model #'s.
Pickup Truck - HW produced this model in 2000 as a dragster and is
presently available as a limited edition promotional for So Cal Timing Association.
Roadster - HW produced this car in the limited Collectibles Reggie's
Cars in 1999 Coupe Street Rod - Ertl produced this custom model # 1927 in
the early 80's. It features a sun roof.
Tail Dragger Coupe - HW issued this customized model as a First Edition
in 2000. It appears to be a Ford, but this is not a consensus opinion among
Jeep- Maisto has been producing this model for quite a few years.
Ford was commissioned by the US Military to produce these vehicles in cooperation
Convertible- HW also produced this Collectible in the Reggie's Cars
set- owned by former baseball player Reggie Jackson.
Station Wagon - this HW Collectible model first appeared in the 'A
Day At The Races' set. It has been reissued at present as a Mercury, but
the grille detail is definitely a Ford.
Custom Sedan and Custom Convertible - These were issued by Tootsietoy
in their non-detailed style.
Woody ( Station Wagon) Issued recently by Kinsmart as a pullback
toy. This model is slightly smaller, but the detail is remarkable.
Continental - RC introduced this model # 212 in their Mint Editions
series in 1999. It has an opening engine hood and is an excellent model
of the real car.
Continental- LJN Toys introduced this model which featured Spider
Man about 1975. This model has no rear spare tire- probably to avoid licensing
requirements since it could be argued that the car is not a Continental
Continental- This model was also reportedly produced by Laramie and
featured Captain America. No additional information is available.
Mercaholic Coupe - HW produced this radically customized model in
their Newtons Low Boyz Collectibles set. Mattel identifies it as a 39 or
Station Wagon Woody - See HW Ford
Sedan - Racing Champions produced this model in their Mint Edition
series, offered through Sears in a gift set. A simple toy version was also
offered in the Street Wheels series.
Station Wagon (Woody) This model being issued at this time by JL
is the Mod Squad vehicle in the Hollywood on Wheels set.
Custom - HW produced this radically custom car in 1999. It was last
included in the recent Collectible set ì Gone In 60 Seconds' to coordinate
with the movie.
Sam Barris Custom - This model was issued by JL in the Show Rods
set in 1999.
1942 -1947 (?)
Urritas Phaeton - This model was also issued in the JL Show Rods
set. The Front end could pass for a 46-47 car, but the rear trunk portion
has been greatly changed.
98 Holiday Coupe - This model was introduced by Valvoline in a promotional
set in 1993.
4 Door Sedan - Barclay introduced model # 318. No Additional information.
Champion - Tootsietoy produced this model which is now recognized
to be extremely rare.
Champion- Allied Plastic reportedly produced this model. No additional
Sedan - Summer produced this stylized model in 2000. It had very
limited distribution and appears to have been only available on the West
Coast of the US and Canada.
Triclops - This modernized model was introduced by HW in their Newtons
Low Boyz set. It suggests what a modern Tucker might have looked like if
the company had continued after 1948.
Street Rod - RC produced this Hot Rod in 1998
Pro-stock - JL first produced this dragster model in their Red Card
series in 1999. Playing Mantis also issued models in their Thunder Jet series.
Gassers - Muscle Machines by Funline is presently producing very
stylized models .
Gasser - HW introduced this model in their limited Collectibles series
Customized Coupe - HW introduced this model as a First Edition in
1941 - 1946
Jeep - JL is presently offering WWII models in their Lightning Brigade
and Pearl Harbor sets
Jeepster - Tootsietoy produced a stylized model of this hybrid car.
This completes my review. Those models listed with no additional information
were gleaned from Weiland and Force Detroit in Miniature , 1982. Any additions
or corrections are welcome.