1933 Chevrolet Master Eagle Series CA Cabriolet
Engine no. 3545272
Car no. DR691057MO
206ci, 65hp inline six-cylinder
Three-speed 'Silent Synchromesh' transmission
Top of the line 'Eagle' model
Nicely restored example
A unique alternative to a Ford Model 40
While Ford is most remembered for their pre-WWII success, thanks in large part to the Model T, it was Chevrolet that ruled the day in the 1930s. The Bowtie brand introduced its overhead valve six-cylinder engine in 1929, just a year after Henry Ford frantically retooled Dearborn to build the side valve four-cylinder Model A. It really wasn't much of a contest. Aside from Ford's stature in the marketplace and the affection and experience millions had with the Model T, any comparison between the two vehicles came down firmly on the side of the Chevrolet.
Initially 194 cubic inches in displacement and developing 46 horsepower, advancements and competition from Ford's V-8 had punched the six pot out to 206ci and 65hp, leaving the Chevy only 10hp off of Ford's most gutsy V-8. The wheelbase of 110 inches also offered quite a bit more room inside than the Blue Oval's offerings. Add to that nifty features like a Silent Synchro-Mesh transmission for easier gear changes and a Starterator that engaged the starter by simply pressing the gas pedal to the floor for more convenient instigation of forward progression and it is easy to see why Chevy's sales totals in '33 were 44% greater than Ford's.
The Eagle Cabriolet presented here was the top-of-the-line model offered that year. Like Ford's Standard and Deluxe options, Chevy offered the Mercury and Eaglethe latter being the less expensive of the two with a smaller 191ci straight six making 60hp and a shorter 107 inch wheelbase. Offered in an array of body styles, the Cabriolet option was the one to have if you wanted two seats and no rooffading popularity of the windowless Sport Roadster meant few were specified that way.
Finished in La Crosse Beige with Desert Sand fenders and Omaha Orange wheels and striping, this Eagle presents itself with a huge amount of style considering its humble origins and original price. Previously shown in a museum, it was purchased by a collector in 2005 and then came into the Oldenburg Family Collection the earlier part of 2010. The subject of a previous restoration, the car shows well today and offers an excellent alternative to the sea of cars from Dearborn that can be found at most shows. Hop in, put the pedal to the metalto start the car, of courseand see the U.S.A. in your Chev-ro-let.
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