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Lot 372: 1940 Chevrolet KA Special DeLuxe Convertible Coupé

Collectors' Motor Cars & Motorcycles, Bonhams (13 September 2008)

By the early 1920s Chevrolet had abandoned its attempt to compete head-on with Ford's Model T - Ford was able to drop its prices annually whereas Chevrolet's steadily rose - and repositioned itself as a 'middle-market' manufacturer whose products possessed a degree of refinement lacking in the Model T. Formerly relying on four-cylinder cars, Chevrolet introduced a new range powered by the famous 'Stovebolt' overhead-valve six in 1929, these highly popular six-cylinder Chevrolets helping General Motors’ mainstay out-sell Ford for most of the 1930s. Chevrolets were redesigned for 1937 in 'Diamond Crown' style, featuring flat-sided wings, a wrap-around radiator grille and body-coloured headlamp shells. The box girder chassis was stiffer, a hypoid bevel rear axle was adopted and the 'Cast Iron Wonder' also came in for revision, being larger in capacity at 216.5ci (3,549cc) yet more compact and powerful at 85bhp. Not surprisingly, given the extent of the makeover, there were only minor changes for 1938 and a relatively insignificant revamp for ’39, before a longer wheelbase and a more modern, all new, ‘Royal Clipper’ body style were adopted for the 1940 K-series models. Chevrolet’s best equipped and most expensive, the Special DeLuxe line-up was newly introduced for that year.
This Chevrolet Special DeLuxe Convertible Coupé was imported by the vendor from the USA in 2002 having been restored to a very high standard two years previously. The work undertaken in the USA included a full re-spray and electrical rewiring, and while in the vendor’s ownership the car has benefited from an engine rebuild. Since coming to this country the Chevy has been used for international rallying, including the Scottish Malts and Angoulême events in 2003 and the Jordan Rally in 2005. Representing a wonderful opportunity to own a stylish, 1940s, American soft-top, the car is presented in ‘ready to run’ order and offered with sundry restoration invoices, current road fund licence, MoT to June 2009 and Swansea V5.


Lot Details
Auction Collectors' Motor Cars & Motorcycles
Bonhams, National Motor Museum, Hampshire
TypeCar
Lot Number372
Estimate£17000-£22000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£40000
Hammer Price (inc premium)£45500
Year1940
Condition rating
Registration numberMAS 975
Mileage-
Chassis number
Engine number2939527
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors