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DEARBORN - On July 3, 1945, the new 1946 Ford became the first civilian car to be built, following more than three years of shut-down for World War II defense production.
Henry Ford II drove the first of the ‘46s off the line in the Rouge “B” Building in Dearborn, Mich.
On that first day’s production, a total of 23 cars were built.
The 1946 Ford was similar to the pre-war 1942, but with 10 additional horsepower and a re-designed grill.