Bombs is a term used (from as far back as I can remember) by the guys in the neighborhood to describe automobiles which were made right before, and right after World War II. These late 1930s to early 1950s fat fender beauties share a lot of W W II Military references when it came to describing them. They were built like Tanks. They’re shaped like Torpedoes or German Helmets. Some maybe riding on Artillery wheels, with a Bullet air cooler. So I guess the term Bomb just fit.
My love affair with these rides started many summers ago. Growing up in the 1960s I remember this one particular Bomb that used to roll down our street. It was 2-tone (beige with brown fenders) and it was a Fleetline. It looked so long and low, with that Torpedo backend that seemed to slant and blend seamlessly and into the street. It belonged to a well respected older guy from my neighborhood. It was back then as a youngster that I said to myself, one day that will be me, I’m going to get a Bomb like that some day. Well years passed, and I lost track of that Bomb and that guy, but I did end up buying my favorite type of Bomb, a 1946 Chevrolet Fleetline Aerosedan. I purchased it from a well known Bomb builder in a nearby neighborhood. It had a lacquer paint job (a beautiful burgundy color), and it was just what I was looking for. I’ve had it now for close to 30 years. I have always had a close connection with this car, maybe because as it turns out... A long time ago it used to be 2-tone (beige with brown fenders).