The Pick of the Day is something hardy ever seen or remembered, a 1931 DeVaux 6-75 in rare Sports Coupe configuration. Of the 52 6-75 models produced, just seven were Sports Coupes, and this is one of them, a rare survivor from a little-known brand.
DeVaux motorcars were not made in France, as the name might indicate, but in Grand Rapids, Michigan, by wealthy General Motors car dealer Norman de Vaux. The company only lasted from 1931-32 before folding, after building something like 4,800 automobiles.
De Vaux was a personal friend of GM president William Durant and served as an executive for the short-lived Durant car company, whose designs influenced the DeVaux automobiles. The cars were powered by L-head 6-cylinder engines that produced 70-80 horsepower.
The Sports Coupe is an attractive example, not perfect but in very nice condition and totally drivable, according to the private seller in Riverside, California, advertising the car on ClassicCars.com.
“The car runs and drives straight without any shimmy,” the seller says. “The engine runs smooth and quiet. The transmission, clutch, and rear end all seem to be in good working condition. The brakes work as well as most old-time drum brakes worked.”
The seller goes into details about the coupe’s overall condition, noting that the body has been repainted maroon with black fenders and “shows no visible dents or scratches.” The wire-spoke wheels are painted red, and all the glass is in good, unmarred condition.
“The roof has been completely replaced and looks like fresh out of the factory,” the seller notes.
The styling of this little Sports Coupe is sporty and crisp, with room for two inside and a rumble seat out back. Observers might mistake it for a Model A Ford or other more-common brand, but a closer look shows the model’s unique details.
The gauges need some work, the seller adds, with a non-functional fuel gauge and a temperature gauge that always reads hot, although the engine does not overheat; “I think the sensor unit needs to be replaced.” The heater has been bypassed and needs to be hooked up, and the vacuum-operated windshield wipers are not working.
“The speedometer shows 70,893, but I do not know if that is accurate,” the seller adds.
The asking price for this rare veteran, which should be a conversation starter at any car show, and a fun car to own and drive, is $17,500.
To view this vehicle on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.