ALL-STEEL CABRIO, STRONG SBC V8, 4BBL, AUTO, MUSTANG II FRONT CLIP, PS, PB, A/C!
While Ford's Model A is a familiar sight at car shows, it's easy to forget that Chevrolet was still the #1 auto maker in the US that year. You don't see many 1931 Chevrolets today, especially not ultra-rare cabriolets like this awesome red rod. Polished and carrying the look of a much bigger, more impressive car, the Chevrolet looks and acts like it's in a separate class altogether, which maybe it is.
This car was built a few years ago and since then it's been driven a bit, but nothing diminishes the handsome good looks of the 1931 Chevrolet. Beautifully styled with upscale touches like the mesh grille guard, graceful fenders, and chrome hood doors, it looks a lot like its bigger, more expensive cousins over at Buick and Cadillac. The bright red paint captures the fun and upscale attitude that Chevy was trying to emulate, and even though it's been a few years since it was finished, it still looks fantastic with only a few signs of use. The cabriolet is easy to spot with its chrome landau irons on the folding top, and they've neatly converted the rumble seat into a trunk and removed the rear-mounted spare, so it has a very clean look. The brightwork is excellent, with plenty of chrome on the grille, bumpers, and even the lovely little cowl lights and twin taillights out back. Unlike the Fords you see everywhere, this Chevy looks nothing like a bargain priced machine.
Simple black vinyl makes up the interior of this Chevy, but as a cabriolet with roll-up windows instead of an open roadster, it has a few upscale design details. Note the bright red stitching on the seats, subtle black dashboard, the beautiful door panels with integral arm rests, and a full complement of gauges to monitor the engine. A late-model tilt steering column houses a fat leather-wrapped steering wheel that looks right at home here and the controls for the Vintage Air A/C system are built into the dash. The seats and carpets remain in excellent condition with minimal signs of use and that big steering wheel gives fingertip control when matched with power steering. Power windows were added during the build and the little coupe seals up rather well given its age. The black canvas top is in excellent condition and has an opening rear window for ventilation on those days that just aren't quite hot enough for full A/C.
The engine is a familiar 305 cubic inch V8, and you'll never hear a single complaint about a Chevy in a Chevy at car shows. Wearing a few chrome dress-up pieces and an Edelbrock 4-barrel carburetor for reliable horsepower, it's always a great choice in a hot rod if you want easy-to-maintain performance. The accessories are packed in tight to the block and the firewall has been cleaned up to make the engine bay look detailed and smooth. It's been driven, so it's not perfect, but it's in excellent condition throughout and runs superbly. Turn the key and it fires right up, idling with a nice V8 burble from the twin pipes out back and performance is energetic given the car's light curb weight. A TH350 3-speed automatic feeds a Ford 9-inch rear end, while the front suspension is a Mustang II setup that offers disc brakes and rack-and-pinion steering. With a bit of a rake to its stance, it looks the part of a hot rod and sits on staggered Torque Thrust wheels and recent Kumho blackwall radials.
Far more unusual than a Ford and arguably even more attractive, this Chevrolet offers a unique combination of style and practicality that were its hallmarks then and today. Call now!
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- Engine Size
- 305 V8
- Transmission Type
- Automatic (Column)
- Transmission Spec
- Body Or Basic Color
- Body Style
- Paint Type
- 3,188 (Unknown)
- Interior Or Basic Color
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- Shifter Type
- Center Console