SLEEK '48 BUSINESS COUPE, 350 V8 W/ 305 HEADS, POWER STEERING, FRONT DISC, A/C,
If you buy this sizzling red 1948 Chevy coupe, we can almost guarantee you'll have more fun with it than the guy who just spent six figures on a custom build. With a bunch of cool retro touches, it's a bargain-priced cruiser that eschews all the clichés and delivers traditional hot-rod fun that would be a deal at twice the price.
Fat-fendered rods have always been about comfort as much as speed, and this car's generous proportions make it an ideal long-distance hauler. The '48 Chevy was a nicely proportioned car that was popular with guys looking for some speed, and the monochromatic red paint job is a familiar look that'll never get old. The body itself is quite straight, and just finding one of these that looks this good can be a challenge, particularly with that fender line that extends into the front doors, which was introduced in 1942. The paint was done a few years ago and shows a few signs of use and some minor blemishes, but at this price, it will have everyone thinking you got a major bargain. It has been shaved and cleaned up in the traditional style, and things like the grille, headlight, rings, and bumpers were painted to match the body, adding to its sleek look. A few bright pieces, particularly the cool hood ornament and trunk handle, add some much-appreciated contrast. Even the original split windshield remains in place, giving the car a delightful old-fashioned hot-rod vibe that everyone will appreciate.
On a car like this, there is no better choice than a white interior with all the traditional styling tricks included. The original bench seat has been upholstered in light-colored vinyl that chooses simplicity over flash, with subtle patterns stitched into the seating surfaces. The door panels are upholstered in matching vinyl with traditional pleats, and all the factory hardware and window moldings remain. Even the original dash is pretty much as it was in 1948, with the instruments clustered to the left of a larger speedometer, which is mirrored by the clock over in front of the passenger. A tilt column carries a wood-rimmed Grant GT steering wheel and A/C has been neatly installed under the dash. And remember, this is a business coupe, which means no back seat but cavernous storage that more than doubles the already spacious trunk's carrying capacity.
For some extra cool points, there's a 350 cubic inch V8 under the pointed hood, a very user-friendly choice for guys who like to drive. Dressed in bright chrome, the silky smooth V8 looks functional and well-sorted, with good service access and traditional horsepower-builders like long-tube headers and an HEI ignition system. Heads from a 305 bump the compression up to a cackling 11:1, so it needs premium but moves like it's got an extra 30 cubes on tap. Underneath, the chassis is solid and clean, with a Camaro front clip that includes power steering and disc brakes, while the rear end is a rugged 10-bolt with a TH350 3-speed automatic in-between swapping the gears. Handsome 15-inch chrome wheels have an old-school Torque Thrust look and carry 205/60/15 front and 225/70/15 rear blackwall radials.
This little Chevy is an awesome entry-level cruiser that will generate a ton of attention and more smiles per mile than just about anything else in our showroom. Call today!
- Air Conditioning
- Front Disc Brakes
- Power Brakes
- Power Steering
- Tilt Wheel
- Vinyl Interior
- Transmission Spec
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