1938 Chevrolet Sport Coupe
1938 Chevrolet Sport Coupe
Chevrolet advertised that its 1938 models had new modern body styling. In truth, the body shell, fenders and running boards were the same as in 1937. A new grille was composed of horizontally arranged chromium bars, alternating one wide and four narrow. It was in two pieces, right and left. A center molding divided them. New bumper had a full width indentation, about one half inch wide, that was painted black. Headlights and tail lamps were of a carryover design. The hood had ventilators highlighted by three chrome horizontal moldings. The bullet shaped headlights were mounted closely to the radiator grille. Inside the seats were two inches wider. Improved worm and roller sector steering was used.
For consignment, a 1938 Chevrolet Sport Coupe dipped in a Root Beer Exterior color (actually Honda Mayan Bronze) fully restored, nice interior customized, and a 350ci V8 crate mill under the hood. She was a street rod and titled so, then after a few changers and owners, is now titled as a 1938 Reconstructed Vehicle.
1938 brought a nice designer's pen to the drawing table and created this 2 interior seat and rumble seat Rubenesque styled sport coupe. Receiving a full stripping and sanding, then bathed in the Root Beer miles deep paint, its minding its gaps very nicely. This procedure was performed mid 2012. The front of the car starts out narrow for the grille and flanking bullet headlights, and widens as it goes to the front glass. Free flowing fenders on front and rear are connected by a running board with a stainless step trim in the center. On back the Continental kit is seen with a stainless surround and an airbrushed artwork proclaiming the car a “Root Beer Float”. Below this is a nice chrome bumper with a bump out nicely polished. 14 and 15 inch respective to front and rear American Racing Torque Thrust wheels are all around.
A swing of the door and a nice wide swatch of tan leather covers the door panels. It sports the original chromed sill, and levers and cranks. On the bottom is Root Beer metal and a dark brown armrest/pull is also seen. Moving inside late model overstuffed bucket seats with fold down center armrests, sit neatly on maroon tubs and are ergonomically perfect to fit any driver size. Nice tan carpet floods the floors, and upfront is a beautifully restored and slightly modified dash made up of root beer painted metal with plenty of art deco inspired stainless and chromed accenting. Gauge cluster is new, the center panel is custom fabricated and houses the temp and fan controls which include vintage air conditioning courtesy of “Hot Rod”. Another stainless panel is reserved for the glovebox door and a small central shiny panel mounted below the dash houses two buttons and the new wiper system on/off knob. Below this is an aftermarket Alpine Sound System. A 1998 Pontiac Grand Prix provided the steering column which is topped by a leather covered rally steering wheel. A shout out to the rumble seat which opens up with ease and is also covered in the pristine tan leather. (Mother in law “you sit back here!”)
Under the hood could not be more impressive where here we see root beer painted interior, and then a totally polished and blinged out 350ci V8 crate engine has been slipped in, and it just gleams. On top is a polished Edelbrock intake manifold with an Edelbrock 4-barrel carb. On back is a TH400 3-speed automatic transmission, and way back is a Ford 9-inch rear with 3.00 gears. Some special bolt ons as of note would be a Ron Francis wiring kit, a Walker Cobra radiator, HEI Distributor, new CPP master cylinder, and a Holley fuel pump with stainless steel lines throughout.
Underneath is nearly showroom quality with care taken to restore the frame and adding on a new gas tank, a new exhaust system courtesy of Lo-Coast complete with Patriot headers at the engine, chrome oil pan, tubular upper and lower control arms, Flaming River & Borgenson steering components, and Chassis Engineering rear suspension. Disc brakes are now upfront and drums for the rear, all power assisted.
An easy in and out, plenty of room and adjustments to make it just right baby bear. She fired right up and ran like the local fire brigade rushing to a nearby conflagration. Great handling, smooth shifting and all functions working properly. A nice cruiser too!
This is a nicely built foundation from which our consigner proceeded to bling it out with some new parts, and making it over the top just like the head of the root beer does when you add the dollop of ice cream, make it float away, and you too can have a barrel of fun driving it around.
Classic Auto Mall is a 336,000-square foot classic and special interest automobile showroom, featuring over 600 vehicles for sale with showroom space for up to 1,000 vehicles. Also, a 400 vehicle barn find collection is on display.
This vehicle is located in our showroom in Morgantown, Pennsylvania, conveniently located just 1-hour west of Philadelphia on the I-76 Pennsylvania Turnpike. The website is www.classicautomall.com and our phone number is (888) 227-0914. Please contact us anytime for more information or to come see the vehicle in person.
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