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Pick of the Day: 1931 Chevrolet Victoria Landeau Phaeton in as-new condition

This 90-year-old looks spry after ‘frame-off restoration to the highest degree’


The Pick of the Day is a 1931 Chevrolet Victoria Landeau Phaeton, a beautiful example of a special model that has been meticulously restored, according to the Benson, North Carolina, dealer advertising the vintage Chevy on ClassicCars.com.

The Victoria Landeau Phaeton was the top-of-the-line model offered by Chevrolet in 1931, and benefited from a number of upgrades that year, the seller notes.  This one, powered by its original rebuilt overhead-valve inline-6, looks splendid in its tan finish with orange wire wheels and trim.


“1931 was a great year in the automotive industry and the Chevrolet was no exception,” the seller says in the ad. “The 1931 Chevrolet AE Independence was greatly improved with a heavier, more-solid frame give a much better ride quality. The bodies were roomier and more stylish.

“The Victoria Landau was the most-stylish and versatile of all the convertibles. The Victoria featured roll-up framed windows front and rear. A removable chrome divider pillar separated the windows and provides a complete Phaeton open feel when windows are rolled down.”

The Chevrolet was rebuilt mechanically and refurbished aesthetically “less than 10 years ago, and looks like it was done last week,” the seller notes.

“This particular example is one of the best-known to exist today,” the seller contends. “The car has received a frame-off restoration to the highest degree. The body was removed from the chassis. The chassis was powder coated and rebuilt from the ground up.


“All new lines, brakes, suspension components were used. A stainless-steel exhaust system was installed. The engine was carefully rebuilt and reassembled like new. The tan canvas soft top was custom made and fitted to perfection. All of the chrome has been triple chrome plated to look new again.”

The classic Chevrolet is priced at $34,500, which seems like a pretty good deal for such a lovely car in apparently immaculate condition.

Or, as the seller notes, “A restoration of this level today would easily cost six figures.”

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

Bob Golfen
Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle. He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and SPEED.com, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs. A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.



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