Chevrolet overhauled its entire lineup in 1949 with the first new styling after the war and produced them up to 1952.
The new Fleetline and Styleline designs offered in Special and Deluxe models, Deluxe being the upper end model, were brand new cars with modern full-width bodies and pontoon fenders. Nothing like the former prewar designs the industry had tired of. The car had a lower, sleeker profile, with the lines of the front fenders smoothly blending into the doors to be countered by the rear fenders that continued to bulge out of the sides of the car. A two-piece curved windshield improved vision and added to the overall sleek look. It was referred to as a "fastback" because of its distinct sloping roof which extended through to the trunk lid. Improvements in chassis and suspension design made the 1949 Chevrolet one of the best handling to date.
The Styleline was represented by notchback styles of sedans, coupes, station wagons (the last for Chevy with structural-wood construction.), and a convertible. The 1949 cars came in two trim levels, the stark Special and the nicer DeLuxe. Fender skirts were part of the DeLuxe trim package.
The Fleetline series had both two and four-door fastbacks and is highly collectible today, with its sleek looks. Many are made into street rods with the common Chevrolet 350 Small block V8 and the 350 or 400 turbo transmission being used in these vehicles.