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This blog is to detail my 43 years (1973 - 2016) with a 1928 Chevrolet tourer, affectionately called "The Red Chev".

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Monday, December 10, 2012

Chevs 1911 to 1949

Its 1911, and William C. Durant asks Louis Chevrolet, a distinguished race car driver to help in designing a new car.
 
Chevrolet had ambitions of building his own car, and since the name Chevrolet was well established in motor car racing Durant felt he was just the man to get the job done. By sponsoring Chevrolet in building his own car complete with a "Chevrolet" nameplate, Durant quickly got the research and development finished on a new automobile, a fast race about, although more importantly it promoted the name of "Chevrolet".
 
 
Louis Chevrolet

 
William C. Durant
 
Louis Chevrolet employed Etienne Planche an engineer from France to assist him, Chevrolet had known Planche from his days in Brooklyn with the Walter, Planche had also designed and engineered the Roebling-Planche (precursor to the Mercer). Also assisting them was a mechanic and machinist named Henry Winterholf whom Louis Chevrolet had met while he was working with the Racing Team at Buick.
 
In March 13, 1911, in Detroit Michigan, Louis Chevrolet rented the second floor over D.M. Schulte and Sons Garage located on Grand River Ave. to begin the design of his first Chevrolet automobile. Suspicions were that Durant funded the operation, employing Louis Chevrolet as a independent contractor. There have never been any documentation found in any Michigan records showing any such company being founded up by either Durant or Chevrolet. The Flint Daily Journal leaked some news on May 30, 1911 of the upcoming Chevrolet automobile by Durant. The following day, on May 31, the Flint Daily Journals headline stated "Little Is Manager" and announced that Bill Little was going to be in charge of Chevrolet operations. it was Bill Little who was the former Buick plant manager and not only did he understand how important it was to build low, medium price, and high end automobiles, but exactly how go about it. Flint Michigan's businessmen along with the Flint board of commerce sought after the Durant Chevrolet Company to locate in their town, and not in Detroit according to an article in the Flint Daily Journal June 2, 1911. Durant along with banker A.G. Bishop agreed to locate a factory within Flint along with a partnership with A.C. Mason to build the engines to install in the Chevrolet company in the future during the first part of August.

A lease for 2 years was negotiated July 15, 1911. Subsequently Little moved the operations into the former building of the Corcoran Light Co. he had leased which was located on West Grand Blvd in the City of Detroit. The Flint Daily Journal of July 15, 1911 heading read: "Chevrolet Company. to Start Up In Detroit - Secures a Lease on Temporary Basis". The journal quoted Bill Little as saying: "I am organizing this new company while Mr. Durant is helping me all the way. Researchers have yet to find any formal kind of documentation that a Chevrolet Motor Car Company ever legally existed in Michigan commerce records and no proof of Mr. Little conducting business using a DBA as The Chevrolet Motor Car Company or any similar name. Among the names listed on the company payroll were those of Louis Chevrolet, Henry Winterholf and Etienne Planche .


Early Chevrolet Factory in Flint Michigan


1911 Experimental Chevrolet

1911 Experimental Chevrolet
 
1912 Chevrolet

1912 Chevrolet
 
1913 Chevrolet

1913 Chevrolet
 
1914 Chevrolet

1914 Chevrolet
 
1915 Chevrolet

1915 Chevrolet
 
1916 Chevrolet 490 Touring

1916 Chevrolet 490 Touring
 
1912 Chevrolet Model D with a V8 Engine

1917 Chevrolet Model D V-8 - Notice the larger cowell and smaller headlights
 
1918 Chevrolet

1918 Chevrolet
 
1919 Chevrolet

1919 Chevrolet
 
1920 Chevrolet

1920 Chevrolet



1921 Chevrolet
 
1922 Chevrolet

1922 Chevrolet
 
1923 Chevrolet Roadster

1923 Chevrolet Roadster
 
1924 Chevrolet Superior

1924 Chevrolet Superior
 
1925 Chevrolet

1925 Chevrolet Series K Touring
 
1927 Chevrolet

1927 Chevrolet
 
1929 Chevrolet
 
The 1929 Chevrolet had a 3 speed manual transmission and a 171 c.i.d., 35hp, 4 cylinder engine. The interior photo below shows that instrumentation was pretty sparse. Steel disk wheels were standard equipment, front and rear bumpers were options.


1928 Chevrolet Tourer
 
1930 Chevrolet

1930 Chevrolet Coupe - In 1930 Chevrolet offered a new model called the Special, pictured here, which included wire wheels.
 
1931 Chevrolet Coupe

1931 Chevrolet Coupe - It shared the same motor as other 1931 Chevrolet models, a 194 cubic inch inline six cylinder that produced 50 horsepower. Front and rear bumpers were options.
 
1932 Chevrolet Sedan

1932 Chevrolet Sedan - This 1932 Chevy five passenger sedan has the optional bumpers and side mount spare tire. The chromed vent doors on the side of the hood were a feature of the Deluxe models. Power came from a 194 cubic inch inline six cylinder that produced 60 horsepower. That was an increase of 10 horsepower from the 1931.
 
1933 Chevrolet 3 Window Coupe

1933 Chevrolet Master Eagle 3-window sports rumbleseat coupe - It was powered by an overhead valve straight 6 cylinder motor and a 3 speed manual transmission
 
1934 Chevrolet Sedan

1934 Chevrolet Sedan
 
1935 Chevrolet Surburban

1935 Chevrolet Suburban - These share the front sheet metal and frames of the 1/2 ton pickup models of the same year, but featured all-metal wagon bodies differing very little in shape from contemporary "woodie" wagons. Seating for up to eight occupants was provided, with three in front row, two in the middle row, and three in the rear row. Either rear panel doors or a rear tailgate/lift window were provided for easy loading and unloading of luggage.
 
1936 Chevrolet Touring Sedan

1936 Chevrolet 4 door touring sedan
 
1937 Chevrolet Master Deluxe

1937 Chevrolet Master DeLuxe 4 door sedan - The 1937 Chevrolet had a 216.5 cubic inch inline six cylinder engine that developed 85 horsepower. A radio, clock, and heater, were some of the available options.
 
1938 Chevrolet Master Convertible

1938 Chevrolet Master Convertible - The 1938 Chevrolet got a restyled grille. The vents along the sides of the hood were also restyled.
 
1939 Chevrolet Deluxe 4 door sedan

1939 Chevrolet Deluxe 4 door sedan In 1939 the Master Deluxe was the top of the line at Chevrolet. The two door Town Sedan was a top seller. A steering column mounted shift lever was option, a floor mount shift lever was standard equipment.
 
1940 Chevrolet Master Business Coupe

1940 Chevrolet Master Business Coupe - All 1940 Chevrolet coupes and sedans rode on a 113 inch wheelbase. This coupe has the optional dual windshield wipers
 
1941 Chevrolet Special Deluxe Business Coupe

1941 Chevrolet Special Deluxe Business Coupe - The Special Deluxe was the top of the line Chevy in 1941. This business coup is loaded with the optional bumper guards, bumper wing guards, wheel trim rings, and white wall tires.
 
1942 Chevrolet Fleetline 4 door sedan

1942 Chevrolet Fleetline 4 door sedan
 
1943 Chevrolet Fleetmaster

1943 Chevrolet Fleetmaster
 
1946 Chevrolet

1946 Chevrolet
 
1947 Chevrolet Fleetline

1947 Chevrolet Fleetline
 

1948 Chevrolet Fleetline 4 door sedan
 
1949 Chevrolet Deluxe Fastback

1949 Chevrolet Deluxe Fastback - The 1949 Chevy came with a 216.5 cubic inch, 92hp inline six cylinder engine as standard equipment.
 

2 comments:

  1. Man, these classics seem to be well taken care of. I'm so impressed on how the owners take care of them. The value of these cars are sure to rise up even more as time passes by and if they manage to keep the original parts in good working order, it’s resale value will surely double or maybe even triple!


    Sara Anthony

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  2. What a very informative post! Thanks for exerting the time and effort in making this nice post. I’m a Chevy fan and reading something about it’s history is a big thing for me. Thanks again and I hope you’ll be posting more facts about cars. :)

    -Enoch Ross-

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