The Leica model IIIc was introduced by Leitz in 1940 and discontinued in 1951. This model IIIc camera is a postwar version with a serial number in the low end of a range that was assigned in 1946-47. The f/3.5 50 mm Elmar lens was bought separately and has a serial number from 1946. The Leitz factory was located in the American zone of occupation and a great deal of the production at that time was for the American and British occupation forces. The civilian export market really didn't get going again until currency reform and the creation of the Deutsche Mark in 1948. The US list price of a Leica IIIc with a standard f/3.5 50 mm Elmar lens was $332.50 in 1948. It was an expensive camera when it was new. In 1951 the same combination was closed out at a still expensive list price of $259.00.
The wartime IIIc (1940-45) differs in a few details from the postwar IIIc (1946-51). The most visible differences in the wartime version are a step in the top plate where the advance-rewind lever is positioned and a different shape of the range finder focusing lever. The wartime cameras also have many variations in materials and finish. Leitz made about 33,000 of the wartime version and about 100,000 of the postwar version.