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Pick of the Day: 1935 Chevy 3-window Standard coupe with rumble seat

The small, sporty model looks to have been restored to factory specs

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The Pick of the Day is a 1935 Chevrolet Standard 3-window coupe with a rumble seat that’s about as cute as a Chevy can be.  Restored to original with a tan body, brown fenders and red wire-spoke wheels, the sporty little car looks like a ton of fun for show or go.

The Standard lineup was Chevrolet’s less-expensive variety of passenger cars during the mid-’30s, with the Master Deluxe models ruling the roost.  The Standard cars notably deviated from the Master Deluxe cars with entirely different sheet metal and a 107-inch wheelbase, compared with the 113-inches of the pricier cars.

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To the modern eye, the Standard versions – or EC models as they were classified – look trimmer and sportier than the bigger Chevrolet cars.  This simple little coupe looks particularly enjoyable. 

Power comes from the sturdy 206.8cid Stovebolt Six engine, although producing a detuned 74 horsepower compared with 80 for the heaver Master Deluxe models.  Still, the inline-6 engines were new across the board for 1935, and put out comparable power to the heralded flathead-V8 engines from arch-rival Ford.

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Despite the economic woes of the time, the Chevys sold well in 1935, with a total of about 550,000 Standard and Master Deluxe cars going out the door, according to the Denver dealer advertising the coupe on ClassicCars.com.  Of those, the bigger and more-expensive Master Deluxe cars were the top sellers by about 100,000. 

For the Standard cars, the full-bodied Coach versions were far and away the best sellers, being more practical and family friendly than the coupes.

standard, Pick of the Day: 1935 Chevy 3-window Standard coupe with rumble seat, ClassicCars.com Journal

“Available production figures for 1935 show that 11,900 three-window coupes were built and 40,200 five-window models,” the seller says in the ad.

The dealer selling this Standard coupe provides decent information about the model but scant details about this particular car, aside from it having just 54,545 miles on its odometer.  From the photos with the ad, the Chevy looks professionally restored to factory specs and very clean outside, inside and underneath.

The asking price for this interesting relic is $26,000.

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

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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.

8 COMMENTS

  1. Boy would I like to have this relic. My very first car was a 1935 Chevy standard 4 door sedan. It was a dark blue with tan mohair interior. When purchased in non running condition in 1960 it cost a whopping $35.00. Now I’m retired, widowed and poor so there’s no chance of ownership of this fine coupe but it sure does bring back fond memories from a time long gone by.
    God bless America

  2. Great but… That rumble seat is a tremendous draw-Yet it isn’t shown open ????? I absolutely know rumble seat has more “draw” than suicide doors. …. hmmmm..

  3. My first car as a teenager in the Air Force was a 34 coupe that looked like this except it had a knee front wheel suspension without shock absorbers. Mine was a solid black that had 70,000 miles when I bought it in 1952. It had been in storage and was for sale for $50. I was the first to see the car and drove away before anyone came. The front end bounce over a bump took several mimnutes to stop so it was difficuklt to drive but it was great tranmsportation for short hauls.
    Frank Britt

  4. lovely little car. I reside in Australia and have a ’35 locally Holden bodied three window that I have owned since 1964.
    It’s just had a ground up restoration and I will be driving it until I drop and fortunately my Daughters have vowed to keep it in the family.
    The Holden body closely resembles the Fisher body apart from a more rounded turret, a ‘mail slot’ rear window which gives it a chopped appearance and slightly different body swaging.
    I’ve owned scores of old cars over the years including a ’35 Auburn phaeton but the Chevy remains my favourite., A great car.

  5. Godday mate.I lived in your country in mar 62 when assigned to Project Mercury recovery team space shot #3 Col Glenn.Hospitality was outstanding.Finally a. chance to say Thanks to Bob East &company at RCAF in East Sale Melborne. Holdens had 53 chev dashboards.Great team work recovering capsule 36 Air Rescue Johnson/Tachikawa Air Base.Capsuls were restored also at space museum Florida Thanks Again.

  6. Gidday Dick.
    Hope You enjoyed Your time with us.
    You’re right about the Holden cars dash, the early 50’s models were merely scaled down 40’s chevys.
    The differences between the Fisher bodied ’35 Coupes and the Holden bodied Australian version are minor apart from the rear window and shape of the turret.
    Holdens were an Australian firm of saddlers, later turning to manufacturing horse drawn vehicles. Their first auto body was built in 1917 for an Adelaide Dodge dealer, Bert Cheyney. Holdens went on to build car bodies for many other makes but predominately, General Motors. Holdens was purchased by General Motors in 1930-31 when due to the great depression Holdens faced insolvency. From that time on, Holden built bodies differed in appearance to Fisher models.
    Hope to see You back here for another visit.
    All the best.

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