Pick of the Day has single-family history

Dad bought the 1934 Chevy coupe while he was in high school; his grown daughters are now selling

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1934 Chevy
This 1934 Chevrolet coupe is being sold after nearly 80 years of family ownership

The Pick of the Day is a 1934 Chevrolet coupe that comes with a wonderful story of family ownership.

“Our father bought this car when he was a senior in high school in 1942 from his best friend,” reports the private seller, which turns out to be four sisters.  (The car cost $485 new; Dad paid $144 for the car.)

“Our parents dated in this car, and then drove it for a few years before starting a family. 

Parents Ruth and Doug dated in the Chevy before their marriage in 1945

“Then Dad dutifully stored the car away with the idea that someday he would restore it,” the sellers continue.  “In 1999, nearly 50 years later, Mom talked him into tackling this project.  It took them nearly two years to rebuild the engine and mechanical parts of the car and then to restore the body and interior. We have the written info and pictures that explain what was done in the process.

“The end result has brought tremendous joy to our families as it was driven in various parades,” the sisters note. 

“When Dad passed away, we loaned it to the Montana Auto Museum where it has been on display and enjoyed by thousands of others through the past 10-12 years.”

Now, however, the sisters have decided it is time to sell the car, which is being offered for $38,500 through an advertisement on ClassicCars.com.

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The car, which appears in the photos with the ad and from the museum to be in immaculate restored condition, is in Helena, Montana, and is a two-tone green coupe with tan interior. 

On display in the Montana museum
Proudly driven in parades

According to the placard displayed with the car in the museum, it is equipped with a 181cid inline-6-cylinder engine rated at 60 horsepower. The engine is linked to a manual transmission.

The advertisement notes that the engine has been rebuilt and is running, that the exterior of the car is in “very good” condition, and that the car has a cloth interior.

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.

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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

3 COMMENTS

  1. OMG! This is like the first car I ever owned! It was a drop top with a rumble seat. I overhauled the engine in 1948 and traded it even for a ’35 Buick. The new owner, Bill Davis, drove it to California and I lost track of both him and the car. Wish I had been able to keep it. Bob Ervin

  2. I have ’35 in original condition. Starts right up and runs down the road, about 45 mph max. I have a friend who constantly lobbies me to hot rod it, but alas, just can’t bring myself to change what’s survived for almost 90 years.

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