NICELY RESTORED CHEVY, INLINE 6, VERY CLEAN INTERIOR, RUNS GREAT, MUST SEE!
This 1949 Chevrolet Deluxe 4-door is one of those cars that just shouldn't exist. Not that 1949 Chevrolets are unobtainium, but rather that finding one restored to this exceptional degree is, well, unheard-of. Clearly a labor of love, this might be the nicest one in existence, and if you like the old-school look, you're going to love how it drives.
Maroon always looks right on '40s cars, representing the conservative values of the time and there's nothing more conservative than a Chevrolet 4-door sedan. On the other hand, even the everyman Chevrolet was beautiful to look at and exquisitely detailed, so today it looks like it should cost thousands more than it does. Getting four doors to fit as well as they do here, plus that big hood, means that a lot of hours were spent sweating the little stuff. The curvaceous fenders make for a very appealing '40s look and the sweep of the roof remains one of the best in the automotive kingdom. Accessories include fender skirts and a windshield visor, both popular in 1949 and lending this Chevy an upscale look. The chrome and brightwork has been fully restored as well, including the beautiful plastic hood ornament, which is pretty cool all by itself. Nice stainless trim buffs up beautifully and the blue dots in the taillights seem to be the only non-original feature.
For understated elegance, nothing beats the 1940s. The striped upholstery, the low-key carpets, and the beautifully simple instrument panel make this Chevy as inviting as your grandmother's house. All of it has been correctly restored and it shows only minor signs of use, most notably some light stretching of the front seat upholstery. Otherwise, it looks very fresh and very well done. The gauges are all housed in a single round pod ahead of the driver and the effect is very appealing. Bakelite knobs control lights and wipers, and there's a 3-speed manual transmission on the steering column, so brush up on your shifting. This is one of the few '40s cars we've featured where the original AM radio is functional, which is always a nice surprise, and that odd-looking device atop the speedometer pod is called a "trafficator" which is a prism that allows the driver to see overhead stop lights despite the large exterior visor. Neat, right? The back seat is completely untouched and for family vacations, the big trunk with rubber mat and matching spare tire is ideal.
Chevy's bulletproof 216 cubic inch inline-six was the backbone of the company for decades, and in this car it affords bright performance and reasonable economy, too. Insanely simple to work on and famous for its durability and smoothness, you'll find that this is an easy car to love. The engine bay is nicely detailed with corporate blue paint on the block and reproduction decals throughout. It starts easily with a great six-cylinder grumble from the single tailpipe and is happy to cruise at 60 MPH without complaints. Brakes are drums at all four corners, of course, but they're powerful enough for this car's modest performance and the ride will surprise you. It's quite clean underneath, proving that it spent its life in a mild climate, and with 6.70-15 wide whites on painted steel wheels with trim rings and hubcaps, it looks dashing from any angle.
A very neat little car with a restoration that cost several orders of magnitude more than the asking price. If you like these cars, you'll probably have a hard time finding a nicer 4-door anywhere. Call today!
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- AM Radio
- Cloth Interior
- Bias Ply Tires
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