1916 Chevrolet Baby Grand

Although there were earlier Chevrolets than the 1914 Series H Four, it is this lightweight, four-cylinder, overhead valve, 3-speed selective shift Series H, offered as the Royal Mail Roadster and as this Baby Grand Touring car, which were the basis of Chevrolet's success. All the events that followed -- including Billy Durant regaining control of General Motors, the eventual takeover by DuPont and Alfred P. Sloan's years at the helm -- happened as a direct result of the success of the Chevrolet Series H. It also is from the first year in which Chevrolet used the "Bowtie" emblem. Although only 5,005 Chevrolets were built in 1914 the following years was a resounding success with production of 13,600 in 1915 and 52,000 in 1916, making the 1914 Chevrolet Series H Baby Grand a singularly important model in the history of the automobile. The 171 cubic inch overhead valve inline four gives 24 brake horsepower (four more than the competition from Dearborn) and the 3-speed sliding gear transmission is much more familiar to today's drivers than the Model T's 2-speed planetary transmission. This example was restored many years ago and has been museum displayed since. It is fitted with electric lighting and a starter (both optional in 1914) and has standard wooden spoke wheels, a rear mounted spare and aluminum step plates on the running boards. With its 104" wheelbase it is visually distinctly different from its Ford competition. Very few of these early Chevrolets have survived, despite their importance to the automobile's history. It will make a very rewarding and unusual car to own, drive and eventually to re-restore.

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