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  • Condition: Used
  • Item location: McMinnville, Oregon, United States
  • Make: Chevrolet
  • Type: Sedan
  • Year: 1931
  • Mileage: 27,156
  • VIN: GAE35754
  • Color: Blue
  • Engine size: Stovebolt Six Original
  • Number of cylinders: 6
  • Fuel: Gasoline
  • Transmission: Manual
  • Drive type: RWD
  • Interior color: Gray
  • Options: Rare Radio
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Chevrolet INDEPENDENCE SEDAN 1931 Description

Today we have listed for sale a completely restored 1931 Chevrolet Independence 2 door sedan. This is an always garaged car that is adult owned and nice weather only driven.It belongs to some friends of mine who have decided to narrow down their collection of classic cars - this isn't a 'fire sale' or a ditching of an edgy car, they just have a couple more old cars than they can use and would enjoy seeing this go to the right new home. I'm here to help them do that. This is also the first time on the market for this car, so it's definitely not something you've seen, and seen again!.I will do my best to describe it so that you feel you know it. It's hard to show the total story of thiscar in the words I use, but I have added as many pictures as possible -I tried to use pictures that covered the overall feel and look of the car. These pictures were mostly all taken at Evergreen Air Museum - I usually take them in front of a Douglas C-47 Skytrain that was part of the Normandy invasion in 1944.You will also note the Spruce Goose, a Saturn rocket and other planes in the background of some of the pictures. Evergreen is gracious in letting us use their planes and facility as a backdrop for these pictures. If you're ever in the McMinnville are please stop and see them - they have not only the air museum but an aerospace museum and an indoor water park! I use lower resolution so that anyone in the world can download them with relative ease.Please be aware that this car is advertised and for sale locally, nationally and globally, and we do reserve the right to end this auction at any time if the vehicle sells before auction ends. Thisverycool, collectible, stylish and solidAmericanclassic caris definitely for sale and definitely on the money price wise. If you are SERIOUS about thecar - please call my cell # 503.580.6225 if I don't answer the first time - try again later - if I am at work I may not be able to answer your call. Please be considerate of the time. This is an amazing ly honest, umolested vehicle and overall is simply a greatcar - one you can drive, show off mess around withand show with pride - and know something that most people don't. Someone is going to get an enjoyable, fun and great old car here. Buy it today and be the envy of those who hesitated and missed.


The early 30's Chevrolets are some of the most elegant and gorgeous Chevys ever produced. I've seen very few of them, and I think the main reason there are so few is the wood in the body structure. Most I have seen are four doors, and this is one of the few 2 doors I have ever seen, let alone in this condition. Chevrolet beat Ford at the sales race - partly because of it's powerful 6 and elegant styling, and the 1931 year is different from both 1930 and 1932 Chev's, with very few parts interchanging. This car was restored in 1978-79 to the condition you see it in here, and it has been meticulously maintained, serviced and indoor stored since then. A man named Frank Springer in the Portland Oregonarea did all the body work and basic restoration - and he did a beautiful job. Lets go through the car. The engine is the or at the very least an original engine, and you will see the engine # represented in a photograph here. This engine was rebuilt by A.C. Nutter in 1994 and it runs very strong The number stamped on the engine block pad is 2625020 (there may be a 3 after on this pad but am not sure). Other nmbers/letters are: GONV-4 / E 4 1 then 26XX below that - I assume the E 4 1 is a casting date such as 5th week, 4th month 1931 or maybe 5th month 4th day etc....I believe the cubic inch displacement on these was 194 cubic inch. The inline (I and many others call them Stovebolt) six is an awesome engine and the forerunner of the 216 and 235 that powered Chevy cars just about forever. This was the third year of the engine that had come out in 1929, and had been vastly improved. It appears to be all stock in equipment down to manifolds, carb, exhaust etc. In fact, all the running gear is as OEM, is restored and functions just like a 1931should. The car stops, steers, drives great and is a definitedriver. The car drove 25 miles or so for this picture with no issues at all, and is driven regularly by the owners. They arein their late 70's,so no needto worry about the car being hot rodded too much! Hop in, turn the key and go driving. The odometer on the car reads 27156 - obviously with the car being 84 years oldwedon't know if that is over, original or exactly what. Tires are 5.50x19, and they most likely were installed at the time of restoration. They have some cracks from age, but other than that are nice tires - this is pretty typical for an older restoration. The title is clean and clear and in the name of the people who have owned it for many years - no brands and nothing funny. The VIN Is on the data plate by the passenger front seat, and we have also had a VIN Tag made with a bit clearer VIN if your DMV or overseas shipper needs it - this comes with the car and is included in the sale. The interior of the the car is all Hampton Coach, and wasdone in the 70's. Everything works as it should from the cool roll up windshield to the dome light! The car has a Philco Transitone radio that was restored in 'the day' by Tony Cerasin. We don't know for certain if it works, as the owner has never messed with it at all, but it looks like new. These radios in their time often cost more money that the actual car itself! It'sin amazing condition for having been done nearly 40 years ago. No funny smells or anything funky, and absolutely everythingappears to me to beas it should be.Allglass is in great shape with no cracks or breakss, all windows operate as they should as well.There are a few accessories such as stone guard, oil can underhood, rear window shade, rear mounted spare, cowl lights, the forementioned radio and possibly the dual blade bumpers, though not sure about thatThe body is simply amazing, and all steel. The wood structure, which isa huge part of these cars is solid and as nice as I have ever seen in one of this era Chevrolet or any car for that matter. (I owned an award winning 1932 Confederate Sedan for years) The nailheads all appear as they should be and the panels all are beautiful, even underneath such as looking up at the rear 1/4's from the running boards up. The fenders appear to have next to no repairs or splits in them, and again, are as nice as I have seen - though there is a small 'gink' in the left rear one, not terrible but there - these fenders are really sweet for a vintage car. They have been nicely finished top and bottom. This car is as honest as you will find, anywhere at any time on the planet. The paint is nicely applied and could very well be laquer, definitely not base/clear - it's possible it is enamel, but this car was pretty painstakingly restored for the era, so my guess is laquer, though that's a guess. There aren't any signs of any rust or rot in the car, no bubbles, pimples or bondo cracks - they must have started with a really really nice car for the resto to have fared this well over the years. Look closely at the gap and fit of the doors - flush mounted as opposed to a Model A of that era which overlapped. These doors fit super nice, which doesn't happen when shoddy work is done, or poor wood is present. Check out the undercarriage - this was a top notch restoration for the late 70's let alone today. This car has not been detailed, fluffed or buffed in any way - no touch ups, nothing hidden, nothing covered, in fact just as the car's been kept by its current caretakers. We didn't even scrub or armorall the tires.Just a sweet, clean, honest and solid old car.Please keep in mindit IS an 84 year old car -and as such isn't perfect, and it wasn't perfect new - but it represents itself well and what you see pictured is what the car really is, and could, in many ways, be better than new. With a fluff and buff this car will stand with the very best of them - buy it and take it to Barrett Jackson and I bet there's a chunk of money to be made. Old cars are a much different animal than a new or late model 'belly button' car, but if you are reading this you most likely already know this. It's sold as is, and the title is clean, clear and in the owners hands ready to sign off to you. This car couldn't be restored, let alone bought and restored for anywherenear the money that we areasking, and it represents a great value - better than money in the bank. You'll have fun driving and showing this car - be prepared to get tons of smiles and thumbs up - and be the hit of any car show you take it to, with most likely a trophy or 3 to take home for the trouble, I will try and answer any questions I can as quickly as I can, and as honestly as I can. We are hoping that someone who digs what the car IS will be able to purchase and continue to love on and appreciate it. It will be the source of many smiles, waves, envious stares and enjoyment that we know for sure. Buy it drive it and enjoy it - it's better than money in the bank and one heck of a lot more fun!

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