The Corpus Christi Old Car Museum Auction

Lot 182
1936 Chevrolet 'Phaeton'

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1936 Chevrolet  'Phaeton'


• Lovely bodywork with excellent panel gaps
• Sharp clean interior with leather seating surfaces
• Six-cylinder power for safe modern touring
• Room for five in this elegant Phaeton

207 cid inline six-cylinder engine, 79 HP, three-speed manual transmission, front and rear leaf spring suspension, four-wheel drum brakes; wheelbase: 109

1936 brought major styling changes to the Chevrolet Motor Division. The radiator cap was hidden under the hood, the fenders were more rounded and added was a waterfall grille. Steel-spoked wheels were standard and wire wheels were optional. The frame was changed from an X design to a lighter and stronger box-girder design. The wheels were 17 and gone were the numerous small gauges set into the instrument panel and new were two larger tan colored instrument clusters that included the basic information for engine operation. Another major change was the addition of hydraulic brakes for added stopping power.

This beautiful automobile has been fully restored, with fine cream colored paint finishes and contrasting black fenders and running boards. The soft top is tan and in excellent condition, and all credit is due the Chevrolet designers because this car looks just as good with it up or down. The leather interior is supple and clean, as are the door and floor panels. Everything on the car functions properly and, from top to bottom, its obvious that this Phaeton has been well-cared for and enjoyed properly for many years.

Pop the hoods, and youll see why these cars were so popular - the inline six-cylinder engine brought the ability to cruise at highway speeds to modestly priced cars for Chevrolet. The drivetrain is smooth and quiet, and the car starts readily and idles smoothly. Its not hard to see how Chevrolet took back first place in sales from Ford - the new 1936 models boasted a 70% increase in sales over their 1935 models. Its a sporty yet classic Chevrolet in gorgeous condition; one that is sure to both attract attention from collectors and continue to provide a quality motoring experience to the next caretaker.

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