Looks like a possible 1947 or late 46? Tapered stand with the stand tube angle not as steep as the early post war pieces and it appears to me that the drop outs are thicker. Drop center rims pre 1948. The serial stamping has clean thick hard struck numbers also unlike the real early post war pieces.
I've found more production details and have come to the conclusion that this a 1945 model.
Read the beginning of the Post. After 24 weeks at $700...it had just come down to $299...and I took it home for $170.
Seeing the way that the bike was "stored" in his garage, and being banged around with other bikes, I can only assume that most of the scratches/dings were from him.
I was shocked, though, to see the Goodyear tires that were still on it. Only missing the rear reflector!