RARE 3-WINDOW '31 CHEVY, RESTORED TO STOCK SPECS, STOVEBOLT-6, 3-SPEED, CLEAN!
Hard to believe this upscale-looking coupe is really an affordable Chevrolet, isn't it? Looking far more substantial than a comparable Model A Ford, this handsome bowtie shows off an older restoration with lots of character that's ideally suited to touring.
There's really no such thing as an ugly 3-window coupe and when was the last time you saw one of these? Finding one at all is kind of remarkable, let alone one in factory-correct spec. The two-tone green bodywork is certainly period-appropriate, particularly with the contrasting black fenders that were all the rage back then. And while the restoration was finished some years ago, it still looks tidy and well-kept, if not exactly show-ready. Even with a wooden frame, the doors still fit quite well and dual sidemounts with a trunk rack give it a very prestigious look. The chrome bumpers and grille are in great condition, and there's an accessory radiator stone guard mounted up front. For safety in today's traffic, LED turn signals were fitted discreetly into the front and rear bumpers, although a single taillight was standard equipment in 1931.
Now obviously vinyl upholstery wasn't standard equipment in 1931, but the pleated bench seat and plain door panels are stitched in an authentic-looking way, complete with buttons on the seat back and map pockets on the doors. The Chevy's affordable price tag is hidden rather well inside, too, with a pretty engine-turned instrument panel full of gauges and knobs for everything from the choke to the headlights. A big 3-spoke steering wheel is mandatory for low-speed maneuvering and the 3-speed transmission should feel familiar to anyone who has driven a manual gearbox in the past. The pedals are arranged in the usual fashion, with the starter pedal being the silver one way up there near the top. The headliner and floor coverings are also in good condition, giving the whole interior a consistent look that's neither brand new nor deteriorated, but rather just right for driving and having fun. And where you might expect to find a rumble seat out back, this business coupe is instead equipped with a large trunk, ostensibly intended for travelling salesmen and still quite practical for touring today.
Chevrolet's infamous "Stovebolt" six was introduced in 1929, and by 1931 it was making a rather smooth 50 horsepower from just 194 cubic inches. The engine's appearance should be familiar to anyone who has owned a six-cylinder Chevy, although this early version uses an updraft carburetor like most of its peers. The gray engine is nicely finished and doesn't show any major issues, and all of its original equipment appears to be in place, from the generator to the distributor. It starts easily and runs far more smoothly than you'd expect from something so ancient and it should cruise happily at 50 MPH for easy touring. A 3-speed manual transmission was your only choice in 1931 and works well and the leaf-spring suspension with rigid axles at both ends is a little bouncy but feels agile and rugged on the road. Classic wire wheels were optional and carry 4.75/5.25-19 blackwall tires, as original.
Equipped with a full tool set in the trunk and a lot of upscale features, this neat little Chevy is a rather rare find despite out-selling Ford in 1931. If you're a member of the Bowtie Brigade, this is the early Chevy you've been looking for. Call today!
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