1940 Chevrolet Special Deluxe Sedan
Chassis no. 14KA0220629
216.5ci valve-in-head inline 6-cylinder engine
Carter downdraft carburetor
85bhp at 3,400rpm
3-speed all-synchromesh manual transmission
Front Knee-Action springs with double-acting hydraulic shocks and semi-floating rear axle with semi-elliptical leaf springs
4-wheel hydraulic drum brakes
*Beautifully preserved original example
*Showing fewer than 55,000 miles
*Chevrolets top of the line model
The Special Deluxe
By the early 1920s Chevrolet had abandoned its attempt to compete head-on with Ford's Model T and repositioned itself as a 'middle-market' manufacturer whose products possessed a degree of refinement lacking in the Model T. Chevrolet introduced a new range powered by the famous 'Stovebolt' overhead-valve six in 1929the popularity of which helped General Motors out-sell Ford through the 1930s. Chevrolets were redesigned for 1937 featuring flat-sided wings, a wrap-around radiator grille and body-colored headlamp shells. The box girder chassis was stiffer, a hypoid bevel rear axle was adopted and the six-cylinder engine was bumped up in capacity to 216.5ci but more compact and powerful. Minimal changes followed for the next two years until the all new, Royal Clipper body style were adopted for the 1940 K-series models. Chevrolets best equipped and most expensive, the Special DeLuxe line-up was newly introduced for that year.
The Motorcar Offered
While the Special Deluxe was the most expensive model line offered by Chevrolet in 1940, it was the bestselling with 431,199 units sold. A number of luxury and convenience features came with the upgrade, including uprated suspension, additional chrome and stainless trim, and other niceties. This car was squirreled away by a major Pennsylvania used car dealer, who often kept the cream of the crop for himself, in early 1970s. Off the road since the mid-1960s and showing less than 55,000 mileslikely from new based on an oil change stick in the door jamit presents itself as a very original machine. The interior is beautifully preserved and the trim still sparkles.
A rare, original example of one of the most popular cars from the early 1940s, this Chevy is as much a fixture of Americana then as now.