LOTS OF OWNERSHIP INFORMATION, RUNS AND DRIVES GREAT, ALL ORIGINAL CONDITION
Once again we're shocked by how beautiful and affordable some '30s cars can be. This 1936 Chevrolet Master DeLuxe sedan looks like it should cost twice as much as it does, proving once again that there are still great bargains to be had in the old car world. Smooth, fun to drive, and roomy enough for the whole family, this Chevy still offers all the virtues that made it a best-seller back in 1936.
The entire history of this Chevy is known. It was purchased in California by a school teacher named Pearl Diffin, who drove it regularly for an astonishing 29 years. In 1965, she donated the car to a local museum, where it was on display for another two decades, nicely preserved and not racking up mileage. In 1986, the museum collection was liquidated, and the lovely little Chevy was finally restored with new paint and interior as well as a mechanical freshening. Given that the car hasn't been used much since the restoration was completed 25 years ago, it still looks fantastic. The burgundy paint looks quite good on the mid-30s shape, which highlights the streamlining that was just starting to influence designers. Obviously, this was a very solid car to begin with, which probably explains why the doors open and close so easily and the beautiful state of the bright trim, which shows only very minor signs of age. Optional fender skirts accentuate the long, sleek look, along with subtle pinstripes that highlight the moldings. As I said, this car looks a lot more expensive than it is.
The interior was treated to a full facelift as well, now dressed in gray fabric that has a button-tufted pattern to replicate the original upholstery. Both front and rear seats are inviting and comfortable in a way that most folks haven't experienced in a modern car, and with matching door panels, it has a very high-quality look. The simple Chevrolet dash is painted gray to match, with the instruments sensibly laid out ahead of the driver and visible through the spokes of the big black steering wheel. Controls are simple and logical, and with a 3-speed manual shifter and Synchromesh, it's as easy to drive as a modern car. Options include a heater and a radio, which are rather unusual for the period. The trunk is also remarkably spacious, making this little Chevy a fantastic tour candidate for your family.
Power comes from Chevy's reliable and torquey "Stovebolt" six, which in 1936 made a very respectable 79 horsepower. Nicely finished with a restorer's eye for detail, the engine bay looks great with nothing standing out as terribly inauthentic, which is perfect for a car that's going to get driven. The original carburetor and oil bath air cleaner feed it, and cast iron manifolds feed a single exhaust that sounds right. The top-of-the-line Master series featured optional "Knee-Action" independent front suspension, which is found on this car and vastly improves ride and handling, and hydraulic brakes were available for the first time, making this car feel quite modern on the road. With rather tall gears out back, this Chevy is comfortable cruising at 55 MPH, and thanks to correct 5.25/5.50-17 whitewall tires, it looks very authentic doing it.
Representing an amazing value, this wonderful Chevy sedan is an outstanding choice for the entry-level hobbyist who wants to experience life from his grandparents' perspective. Call today!
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