<b>1931 Chevrolet Rumble Seat Coupe  <br /></b>Engine no. 22602207
Lot 182
Offered from the Heritage Museums & Gardens Automobile Collection
1931 Chevrolet Rumble Seat Coupe

Without reserve
Sold for US$ 22,000 inc. premium
Lot Details
1931 Chevrolet Rumble Seat Coupe

Engine no. 22602207

194ci OHV Inline 6-Cylinder Engine
Single Carburetor
50bhp at 2,600rpm
3-Speed Manual Transmission
Front and Rear Leaf Spring Suspension
4-Wheel Drum Brakes

*Offered from the Heritage Museums & Gardens Automobile Collection
*Handsome example of the Ford-beating Chevrolet Six
*A piece of early bowtie brand history
*Equipped with many optional extras
*A rumble-seat model with room for four



The Chevrolet Six

By the early 1920s Chevrolet had abandoned its attempt to compete head-on with Ford's Model T - Ford was able to drop its prices annually whereas Chevrolets 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 1930's helped consolidate the company's position as Ford's chief rival, but until then its mainstay had been four-cylinder cars.

Chevrolet introduced its new range powered by the famous 194ci (3.2-liter) 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 & Color department, the new line was known as the International in its first year, subsequently becoming the Universal and then the Independence in 1931.

Features of this year's model were a higher, larger radiator; afore this was a bowed tie bar carrying the headlights; while aft its hood had now gained vertical louvers on the raised side panels. Looking to the future, wire wheels were now standard.

The Motorcar Offered

This handsome rumble-seat coupe carries a number of the options offered on these cars, including dual side mounts with covers, front and rear bumpers, pedestal mirrors and a luggage rack. The car joined the Heritage Auto Museum Collection in 2003, and prior to this had been the property of Donald Sullivan of Ann Arbor, Michigan. According to Mr. Sullivan, for many years it had previously been in the W.A. Smith Museum in nearby Flint, Michigan.

Offered with a period handbook, the car is understood to have received its restoration in the 1950s and during that time had its appearance generally enhanced with Sports Roadster wheels and some trim pieces. For an older restoration, the Chevrolet presents beautifully, and was running well at the time of cataloging.
Without reserve

Saleroom notices

  • Please note that this vehicle is titled under its engine number and its title is in transit.
Auction information

This auction is now finished.

If you are interested in consigning in future auctions, please email us at motors.us@bonhams.com or request a complimentary motorcar appraisal.

If you have queries about lots purchased in this auction, please contact customer services.

Buyers' Obligations

ALL BIDDERS MUST AGREE THAT THEY HAVE READ AND UNDERSTOOD BONHAMS' CONDITIONS OF SALE AND AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THEM, AND AGREE TO PAY THE BUYER'S PREMIUM AND ANY OTHER CHARGES MENTIONED IN THE NOTICE TO BIDDERS. THIS AFFECTS THE BIDDERS LEGAL RIGHTS.

If you have any complaints or questions about the Conditions of Sale, please contact your nearest customer services team.

Buyers' Premium and Charges

For all Sales categories excluding Arms & Armor, Coins & Medals, Motor Cars, Motorcycles, and Wine & Whisky:

Buyer's Premium Rates
25% on the first $100,000 of the Hammer Price
20% from $100,001 to $2,000,000 of the Hammer Price
12% on the excess over $2,000,000 of the Hammer Price

Payment Notices

Payment for purchases may be made in or by (a) cash, (b) cashier's check or money order, (c) personal check with approved credit drawn on a U.S. bank, (d) wire transfer or other immediate bank transfer, or (e) Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover credit, charge or debit card. A processing fee will be assessed on any returned checks. Please note that the amount of cash notes and cash equivalents that can be accepted from a given purchaser may be limited.

Shipping Notices

For information and estimates on domestic and international shipping as well as export licences please contact Bonhams Shipping Department.

Contacts
  1. Mark Osborne
    Specialist - Motor Cars
    Bonhams
    Work
    220 San Bruno Avenue
    San Francisco, United States 94103
    Work +1 415 503 3353
    FaxFax: +1 415 391 4040
  2. Rupert Banner
    Specialist - Motor Cars
    Bonhams
    Work
    580 Madison Avenue
    New York, United States 10022
    Work +1 212 461 6515
    FaxFax: +1 917 206 1669
  3. Jakob Greisen
    Specialist - Motor Cars
    Bonhams
    Work
    220 San Bruno Avenue
    San Francisco, United States 94103
    Work +1 415 503 3284
    FaxFax: +1 415 391 4040
  4. Evan Ide
    Specialist - Motor Cars
    Bonhams
    Work Boston, United States
    Work +1 917 340 4657
  5. David Swig
    Specialist - Motor Cars
    Bonhams
    Work
    220 San Bruno Avenue
    San Francisco, United States 94103
    Work +1 415 503 3285
    FaxFax: +1 415 391 4040
  6. Eric Minoff
    Specialist - Motor Cars
    Bonhams
    Work
    580 Madison Avenue
    New York, United States 10022
    Work +1 917 206 1630
    FaxFax: +1 917 206 1669