Fords of the 1930s certainly seem to get the lion’s share of attention as classics today, but in 1931 it was Chevrolet, under the leadership of William Knudsen, that actually knocked Ford off the top in low-priced car sales. As the Model A was rather long in the tooth and Ford’s new V-8 was not yet ready, many motorists flocked to the offerings at General Motors, and Chevrolet’s lead from 1931 was maintained into the next year thanks to numerous mechanical and cosmetic improvements. Many of these went to Chevy’s 194 cubic inch straight six, including increased compression and a downdraft carburetor, while the “Silent Shift Syncro-Mesh” on second and third gears of the three-speed gearbox improved drivability. Affectionately nicknamed the “Baby Cadillac”, the 1932 Chevrolet also bore a strong resemblance to GM’s more upscale product, a trait that clearly appealed to many buyers.
This example is quite nicely presented with a tan body, brown accents, black fenders, painted wire wheels with whitewall tires, and a brown interior. Adding to its charming, classic character are landau bars, a rumble seat, twin dual chrome horns, a chrome radiator with ornament, chrome hood vents, and a rear-mounted spare. An attractive driver, it has a three-speed gearbox as well as freewheeling, another feature that was improved for 1932. A rare and refreshing classic Chevy in what seems like a sea of old Fords, this car has lots of usable appeal and a serious amount of character.