Mention the year 1929 and most Americans will immediately think of what has become known as “The Great Depression”. Certainly one of the darker times of the 20th century for the United States, three days of multi-digit losses on the New York Stock Exchange wiped out $30 billion in value and sent folks into a panic. The catastrophic loss at the time was an amount 10 times greater than the federal budget and ushered in a period of austerity unseen in modern history. On a brighter side, Chevrolet began the model year with a new platform replacing the previous AB with the new AC, also known as the International. GM design chief Harley Earl drew inspiration from his sensational LaSalle design and created a car that looked much more expensive than it was. Earl retained the chassis from the previous model year and developed a car that was much lower (due mostly to decreasing the tire size from the previous year) and more modern in appearance.
The most notable change in the 1929 model year could be found under the hood. Chevrolet engineers had been tasked with developing a six-cylinder engine that could be produced for virtually the same cost as a four cylinder and introduced the basic engine platform that would be the standard for over a quarter-century. The new 194 cubic inch six-cylinder motor was advertised as “A Six in the Price Range of a Four” and proved to be true, adding only $10 to the vehicle cost and was $100 lower than competing six cylinder vehicles. That engine became known as the “Stovebolt Six” and, with some modifications along the way, was a mainstay in the Chevrolet line until the introduction of the 265 cubic inch V8 in 1955. Also, the 1929 models were the first Chevrolets to have mechanical fuel pumps in place of the problematic vacuum pumps.
This car was extremely well restored several years ago to an exacting standard of originality and still presents very well. The level of detail that went into this restoration outshines the few very minor imperfections that can be found. The green and black livery is classic and understated and works well with lines of the vehicle. This car would be a welcome addition to the portfolio of virtually any investor/collector.