1931 Chevrolet Six Tourer
Registration no. AAS 905
Chassis no. AE12836
Engine no. 376749
By the early 1920s Chevrolet had abandoned its attempt to compete head-on with Fords Model T - Ford was able to drop its prices annually whereas Chevrolet's steadily rose - and re-positioned itself as a middle market manufacturer whose products possessed a degree of refinement lacking in the Model T. The highly popular six-cylinder Chevrolets of the 1930s helped consolidate the companys position as Fords chief rival, but until then its mainstay had been four-cylinder cars. Introduced in 1914, the first of these was the H Series, whose 171 cubic-inch (2.8-litre) overhead-valve engine would endure until the Sixs introduction in 1929. The 1928 Chevrolets were larger cars than before - their new 107 in wheelbase (previously 103 in) chassis paving the way for the forthcoming six - and featured four-wheel brakes for the first time. Chevrolet introduced its new range powered by the famous Stovebolt overhead-valve six in 1929, the Cast Iron Wonder being enthusiastically marketed as a Six for the price of a Four. Styled by Harley Earl at General Motors Art & Colour department, the new line was known as the International in its first year, subsequently becoming the Universal and then the Independence in 1931.
This right-hand drive, export model Six was the subject of a ground up restoration some time ago. Mellowed slightly, it remains in excellent cosmetic condition. A new hood will have been fitted and the dickey seat area re-trimmed by time of sale, while the remaining trim is excellent. The vehicle is believed to run and drive well, though the transmission is beginning to show signs that an overhaul may be due. Finished in red with black interior, the car is offered with current road fund licence, MoT to October 2006 and Swansea V5.
- The vendor has not had time to get a hood for this lot.