Dodge Wayfarer of 1949 / Photos, Specs, Model History

The Wayfarer was the low-priced model in the all-new 1949 Dodge lineup, offering a minimum of chrome and other stylish trim and accessories. There were three body styles offered with the Dodge Wayfarer. These included a three-passenger business coupe, a fastback sedan, and a convertible roadster.

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1949 Dodge Wayfarer

The car featured in this article is a 1949 Dodge Wayfarer Fastback Sedan.

When you look at Dodge during the late 1940's and early 1950's, the automobiles were noted for their excellent engineering. Styling wasn't necessarily a strong suit. The Dodge Wayfarer offered a hybrid of standard and automatic transmissions. This transmission system combined a conventional manual clutch with a hydraulic coupling. The Wayfarer could accelerate from a stop without using the clutch  In the years before fully automatic transmissions became widely available, the Dodge Fluid Drive was a popular feature.

In essence, the Fluid Drive, a trademark of the Chrysler Corporation, was an early attempt at a semi-automatic transmission. The mechanism had characteristics of both a manual and automatic transmission. Chrysler's Fluid Drive first appeared in 1939 and continued to 1954. It was used on Chrysler, De Soto and Dodge models.

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Dodge Wayfarer Styling

As mentioned above, the lower priced Dodge Wayfarer didn't lead the pack in styling. After all, the car was advertised as a low priced Dodge model so styling wasn't a huge selling point. The car was boxy and conservative for these model years. The model did however have a new grille with a chrome badge which added a nice touch. By the same token, the slab sides and tall roof line did allow a roomy cabin with excellent headroom. Men and women could step in and out of the Wayfarer comfortably with their hats on. It's a car that loooked low on the outside but high on the inside.

The Wayfarer received styling facelifts in both 1950 and 1951 although the cars were still very conservative looking. In 1950 the roadster model became the "Sportabout".

1949 Dodge Wayfarer Specifications

The Dodge Wayfarer was built with a 230 cubic inch in-line L-Head six cylinder engine with a rated 103 horsepower. Top speed was rated at 75 MPH and, surely not being a muscle car, the Wayfarer did the 0 to 60 in about 25 seconds. This same base engine contunued throughout the Wayfarer production run.

Transmission was a Chrysler Fluid-Drive hybrid automatic. It had two gear positions. These were low, governing first and second gears, and high for third and fourth. The transmission did have a clutch which was only used to switch between low and high.

Brakes were four wheel drum.

Dimensions for the 1949 Dodge Wayfarer included a 115.0 inch wheelbase.

The independent front suspension used coil springs and the rear used semi-elliptic leaf springs.

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The Dodge Wayfarer Sedan shown here weighed 3,180 lbs. The model sold new for a bit over $1,700.

The 1949 model year still enjoyed the effects of pent up buyer demand due to the war years. Dodge, as a division, sold a bit over 250,000 vehicles for the 1949 model year. Total Dodge Wayfarer production for 1949 were 63,800 vehicles. The two door sedan was the biggest seller at 49,000 units. The next year, 1950, Wayfarer production increased by about 12,000 units and the Wayfarer Sedan increased by about 16,000 units.

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Dodge Wayfarer Collector Cars

The Dodge Wayfarer was a lower priced Dodge offering with a somewhat boxy style and, while very functional, is not typically a hot collector car. By the same token many believe they represent the last of the true American roadster. All in all, restored Dodge Wayfarers can be good values.

Restored Dodge Wayfarers may be priced in the $15,000 to $29,000 range. Convertibles will generally be on the higher end. Non-restored models should be well under $10,000.

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The Popular and Iconic 1971 BMW 2002 ti

The car that inspired the popular Sport GT was the BMW Model 2002, sometimes referred to as the "02" series. In addition to that it was the BMW 2002 that really opened the door for BMW when it was struggling selling large luxurious cars motorcycles. Some say that BMW was on the verge of bankruptcy during the 1960's and the 2002 Model and its performance derivatives are responsible for the performance reputation that BMW now enjoys.

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1971 BMW Model 2002

BMW, formally Bayerische Motoren Werke AG, started post World War Two production in 1952. The BMW cars of the 1950's included luxury automobiles, economy cars with motorcycle engines and motorcycles.

BMW's 2002 Series

The BMW Model 2002 gained a lot of popularity being an automobile that satisfied some of the sports car buyers who really needed a small sedan. It was one of BMW's most successful models.

The car featured in this article is a 1971 BMW 2002 ti. The BMW 2002's were produced from 1968 to 1976. During it's entire production run just under 402,000 of these vehicles were built. The car remained pretty much the same during it's entire production run with only a few minor styling changes. The higher performance models were the 2002 ti, tii and turbos. It's interesting to note that the performance tii models attained about 25 mpg, while the barely comparable performance American offerings of the day made about 10-15 mpg.

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BMW Series 2002

Body styles included a 2 door hardtop, a 2 door wagon/hatchback. a Baur Cabriolet  with a removable centre roof panel and fold down canvas rear section and a convertible with a full folding canvas hardtop. The wagon/hatchback was produced from 1971 to 1975 and the convertible was introduced in 1971.

1971 BMW 2002 ti Specifications

The engine on the 1971 BMW 2002 ti was a Four Cylinder 1990 cc single overhead cam. The BMW 2002 ti model had twin Solex 40 carburetors. Top speed was rated at 115 MPH. The tii models had a Kugelfischer Fuel Injector system. Kugelfischer is a company with long experience in supplying injectors for BMW factory sedan racers.

The Turbo model came out in 1974 and that engine's top speed was rated at 209 MPH.

Transmission was a Borg-Warner four or five speed manual with a ZF automatic as an option beginning in 1969.

The braking system included front wheel discs and rear wheel drums and the car had front and rear roll bars.

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Dashboard on the 1971 BMW 2002

The 1971 BMW 2002 Collector Cars

The 1971 BMW's make excellent collector cars and are relatively inexpensive to start a collection with. In fact, if you're looking for a collector car at a very reasonable price that could also be a daily driver, then the Series 2002 could fit the bill.

The 2002 Series BMW's had a blend of agility, style and power. In the U.S.: the single carb’ed, base 2002, and the sporty 2002tii. EPA standards at that time kept the ti model out of the U.S. In general, the BMW 2002 Series is held in high esteem by most collectors. It's been written that the BMW 2002 Models are perhaps the “ultimate cult cars” because people buy them just to drive them.

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Rear view of the BMW 2002 ti

Collectors and restorers should find parts fairly easy to find. BMW as of this writing reportedly has a good supply of parts.

Prices today will depend entirely on the actual mileage, condition of the vehicle and degree of restoration. Average asking prices as of this date seem to be in the $11,000 to $14,000 range. Higher end models will be in the $25,000 plus range. The BMW ti and tii performance models will be the higher priced models although the ti and tii models don't come up for sale too often.

NADA sale prices for the tii models have tripled over the past few decades. You might expect asking prices under $10,000 for non restored models needing work with high mileage.

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1930 Oldsmobile Deluxe


The automobile featured in this article is the 1930 Oldsmobile Deluxe. The Oldsmobile brand was on the higher levels of the General Motors price and luxury ladder.

1930 Oldsmobile Deluxe

1930 Oldsmobile Deluxe

The 1930 model year for just about all automakers was a challenging one. The model year began at about the same time as the great stock market crash in the fall of 1929 and the onset of the long Great Depression.

When the 1930 Oldsmobile models starting coming off the assembly line many car buyers however had not yet felt the full impact of the coming Great Depression.

Ransom E. Olds

A man named Ransom E. Olds along with financial partners began the Olds Motor Works in 1896.This was when Olds began selling his one cylinder four cycle Runabout in 1896. This was the curved dash Olds car which was produced until 1904.

What some might not be aware of is that Ransom Olds actually turned out America's first mass produced automobile. This was even before Henry Ford turned out his first car in 1903. The difference between what Ransom Olds accomplished compared to Henry Ford's assembly line was that Ford assembled cars on a moving assembly line. The moving assembly line concept is what is credited to Ford.

1930 Oldsmobile

1930 Oldsmobile

Olds bailed out of this company in 1904 after disagreements with a few investors and began the REO Motor Car Company. He ran this company right through 1936. The Olds Motor Works then joined GM in late 1908. General Motors historical information stated that this occurred about two months after Buick had joined GM.

Meanwhile Ransom Olds was at the helm of REO. Ransom Olds REO company ceased producing automobiles after 1936 but did continue to build trucks for years afterward.

General Motors placed the Oldsmobile brand in the middle of the product ladder. General Motors and it's leader Alfred P. Sloan believed in offering the car buying public several GM brands that they could move up to in luxury and of course price.

1930 Oldsmobile Deluxe Sedan

1930 Oldsmobile Deluxe Sedan

The End of the Oldsmobile Brand

As most know, General Motors discontinued the Oldsmobile brand in 2004. Sales had been dropping steadily. Profitability for the brand was also an issue. Also, beginning in the 1990's Oldsmobile felt stiff competition from some of the more upscale imports.

This announcement was quite significant to automobile enthusiasts in as much as the car brand had been around for 106 years. Ransom E. Olds sold his first automobile in 1897.

Oldsmobile's history was such that the car brand is also credited with introducing the first all automatic transmission in 1938. The Oldsmobile brand also introduced the first high compression V-8 engine in 1948. Oldsmobile history also mentions that the brand was the first to utilized chrome decorative parts. In essence, the brand had been around for a very long time and was credited with much automotive innovation. Oldsmobile's peak years would have been during the mid 1980's.

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1930 Oldsmobile Deluxe front seat interior.

1930 Oldsmobile Deluxe front seat interior.

1930 Oldsmobile Deluxe Specifications

The 1930 Oldsmobile Deluxe came with a 197.0 cubic inch 3.2 Liter 6 cylinder engine. The engine delivered 62 horsepower. All 1930 Oldsmobile's were equipped with six cylinder engines.

The car's transmission was a sliding three speed manual. Wheelbase was 113.5 inches.

Front brakes were three shoe drum with the rear brakes being outside contracting.

The suspension on the 1930 Oldsmobile was semi-elliptic spring at four corners. A straight front axle and a live rear axle.

The 1930 Oldsmobile Deluxe four door had a weight of about 2,800 lbs. The new car price for this model in 1930 was in the range of

Both wood and wire wheels were available.

Every Oldsmobile model in 1930 was offered to the buying public in three trim levels. These were named Standard, Special and Deluxe.

Oldsmobile built a total of 524,000 vehicles for the 1930 model year. Out of these totals, 14,400 four door sedans were produced. In it's lifetime, 107 years, Oldsmobile produced over 35 million vehicles.

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