1931 Chevrolet Sedan
1931 Chevrolet Sedan
Everybody craves the finer things in life. It's human nature. Even in the depths of the Great Depression, many of the people who could afford a new, low-priced car had their sights set high, wanting a vehicle with a bit more style, power and refinement than the run-of-the-mill economy offering. In the early 1930s, those people often turned to Chevrolet, and drove off the dealer lot in a 1931 Independence or a 1932 Confederate. (Thx to Hemmings).
For consignment, a slightly rodded 1931 Chevrolet 2 door sedan. It sports a 350ci V8 engine, some snazzy suspension, 1953 Caddy wire wheels with '31 Chevy center caps, a bronze painted body with some brown curvaceous fenders and an open cowl hood. Classy, tasteful but making some noise both visually and auditory. A goer and a shower fer sur!
Stripped down to its bare bones the stock frame was restored then the steel body was bathed in bronze paint. Low slung curved fenders for the front and rear are joined in the middle of the body with a running board Some tan pin striping edges the curved like Mae West looking fenders. Cadillac from 1953 supplies the bronze painted wire wheels in 15-inch form, and these have a shiny trim right on the edge, and 1931 Chevrolet shiny caps in the center. In front an open cowl hood ends with a shiny radiator surround and grille. In front are two large round headlights and a curved chromed steel bar bumper. The passenger area has 5 windows and a flat vertical front windshield with a sun visor in metal on its top edge. For the mid top a black canvas covering is on, and this was done because there was not enough technology to create a press that could shape it in one piece. Hence the canvas or vinyl top in the center. On back stalked oval taillights rise from the rear fenders like growing spring flowers. Also, on the back is another sport tire with the wires and chrome trimmings, and a brown painted gas tank. A hitch is residing just above the rear chromed bar bumper.
A swing of the simple doors reveals a horizontal ribbed black vinyl panel with tuck and roll, and a simple shiny actuator handle and window crank. Stepping in over the threshold, we can be seated in low back black vinyl buckets from a late model car. These have some tears revealing the interior padding. Upfront on the bronze painted metal dash is a central machined panel in aluminum which houses more modern SW blackface gauges and some knobs and pulls. In front of the driver, are 2 round silver bezel gauges showing as a speedometer and tachometer, both late model style. In front of the passenger seat is an aftermarket AM/FM/Cassette player sound system. In back is a bench seat covered in black vinyl and matching the pattern of the front buckets. A headliner is black and has a few slight sags, and carpeting is black and floating all the seating. A tilt column rally steering wheel is seen fronting the bronze metal new gauge dash.
Under the open side cowled hood sits a 350ci V8 engine, and this has a set of newer heads put on. Inside it is an RV cam, on top is a Holley 4bbl carburetor, and it is sparked by a 1 wire alternator and HEI ignition. On the back is a Turbo 400 with a shift kit attached.
Bolted on to this original chassis we have in front tapered springs, Teflon lined reversed eyes and Moly shackles, and on back we note stock rear springs with Moly shackles. The front shocks are chrome tube adjustable, and the rear shocks are tubular. The front axle is a More-Drop courtesy of a Chevy truck from 1954. The rear axle is from a Tri-Five era car and is a 3.73 geared posi rear. Braking is drums on all 4 corners.
A quick starter, and a decent driver, although in need of a tune up. I could feel the cracks in the vinyl on by butt, however the ride was excellent, with bias free braking, and smooth acceleration.
Slightly rodded, totally tasteful with a few faults in the paint especially on the fenders, this open cowl hood (cowls do come with the car) newer wheels original hubcaps and wonderfully engineered suspension, it rides like a dream, and looks classy as a Chevrolet from 1931 would.
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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