This is my collection of ads from the early postwar years, Oldsmobile 1946 – 1947.
Note that ads are sorted according to publishing date. As car model years changed in October each year it is possible that cars of a model year show up in an overview of the previous year when the ad was published.
Example: A 1947 model is featured in November 1946 magazine ad and therefore would show up in the 1946 overview.
Cars manufactured in these years were warmed over versions of prewar models. Just the trim and some minor technical details were updated. The war had brought production of civil cars to a halt in early 1942.
1942 cars (not shown here) have typically less chrome than previous years (and after war cars), but instead black painted areas.
Oldsmobile 1946 – 1947 cars had all projecting front fenders, dependable and durable straight 8 and straight 6 engines that gave these cars only modest performance. On the other hand, the engines are durable and (almost literally) live forever.
How to tell the year: There are only a few details to distinguish between different production years: 1946 cars have a small rounded badge at the end of the chrome side stripe. 1947 have a more elliptical shape. There may be other ‘micro’ differences that I am not aware of.
Overview of body measurements