When Chevrolet launched its new model for 1923, it bestowed upon it the name Superior. Superior to what, you ask? Well, the idea was that it was superior to what was then by far the greatest-selling automobile, the Ford Model T.
But while clearly more advanced than its Ford rival, the Chevy was beaten in at least one area – price tag. In 1926, the base-model Ford cost $360 while the base Chevy went for more than $500. And in 1926, Ford sold more than 1.5 million Model Ts while Chevy sold less than a third as many Superiors.
The Pick of the Day is a 1926 Chevrolet Superior Series V Roadster, said to be “professionally restored to near-perfect, as-factory condition.” The roadster is handsomely presented with wood-spoke wheels, whitewall tires and pale-yellow paint with black fenders.
This Superior is from the final year of the model’s four-year run before the updated Capitol took its place, which happened just before Ford unveiled its next popular car, the Model A.
The roadster features a 171 cid inline-four engine that produces 26 horsepower, a 3-speed transmission, folding convertible top and a dashboard that includes amperage and oil-pressure gauges, and a speedometer/odometer.
“This ’26 Chevy has a very desirable option package that includes an electric starter, 3-speed selective transmission, attractive yellow paint, luxurious amenities for the time and low mileage,” according to the Corona, California, dealer advertising the car on Classiccars.com. The low mileage is not specified in the ad.
This antique Chevy would be an easy car to own and enjoy, and it would stand out among the sea of Fords at a vintage car show. The asking price is $17,900.
To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.