Classic Cars

Chevrolet Suburban 2nd gen. (1937-1947)

May 31, 2012

Chevrolet Suburban 1946_01A new, streamlined exterior styling for the Chevrolet Suburban was introduced in 1937, although otherwise the car stayed the same. Power came from Chevrolet’s durable inline-six engine that was affectionately known as the Stovebolt engine. The Stovebolt displaced 207 cubic inches (3.4L) and produced 79 horsepower. In 1940 the Suburban was fitted with sealed beam headlights, which offered significantly improved visibility when driving at night. During the Second World War the auto industry was mostly converted into war production and virtually no cars or light-duty trucks were produced for civilian use between early 1942 and late 1945.

Chevrolet Suburban 1946_03Because the end of the war was difficult to predict, there were no new models on the drawing boards when the factories finally switched back from bombers to passenger vehicles. All the major automakers basically picked up in 1946 where they left off with the 1942 models. Early production of the 1946 models was virtually identical to the ’42 models, including a lack of war-rationed chrome trim.

Later in 1946, bright trim reappeared and other refinements were added to the Suburban. The 1946 Suburban was powered by the Stovebolt-six engine producing 90 horsepower and plenty of low-rpm torque that made the Suburban great for hauling people and cargo. The engine was backed by a three-speed manual transmission and hydraulic brakes were standard.

1946 Chevrolet Suburban


  • Two-door


  • 115 inches


  • 216.5-cubic-inch (3.8L) I-6


  • 90 hp / 3300rpm


  • 165 lb.-ft. / 1000-2000 rpm


  • 3-speed manual

Curb weight

  • 3,400 pounds


  • $1283

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