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AutoHunter Spotlight: 1938 Chevrolet Master Street Rod

Still turning heads and sounding strong at age 86

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Featured on AutoHunter, the online auction platform driven by ClassicCars.com, is this 1938 Chevrolet Master Street Rod.

The beauty of a custom-built restomod is that it blends vintage looks with modern power and conveniences. Back in the 1930s, things like power steering, CD sound systems, air conditioning, power disc brakes, and independent front suspensions weren’t part of vehicle specification sheets. But today, you can seamlessly blend old and new for the best of both worlds. Case in point: this pearlescent teal 1938 Chevrolet Master. It is being offered by a dealer in St. Louis, Missouri, and the auction will end on Tuesday.

The listing says that the car’s aerodynamic body is all-steel. The Master launched in 1933 on what General Motors called the A-body platform. It was available in various configurations over the next decade or so, including a coupe, a cabriolet, a sedan, and even a pickup truck. (These were the days before pickups and passenger cars had distinct underpinnings.)

Most notably, there have been some very custom touches to set this Master apart from any other car even remotely like it: The bumpers have been removed, the door and trunk lid handles have been shaved, the running boards have been painted body-color, the rear fenders have been molded, and a pair of flush-fit custom taillights have been added.

Under the hood, power comes from a later-model 350cid small-block V8 that has been upgraded with a FiTech fuel injection system, chrome valve covers, an aluminum intake manifold, and tube exhaust headers. A three-speed automatic transmission sends power to a set of American Racing Torq Thrust wheels at the rear end. The drivetrain sounds great! Be sure to check out the two-minute video on the Revheads YouTube channel which shows a start-up, a rev, an exterior walk-around of this one-off Chevy.

By the way, Revheads has listed a number of vehicles on AutoHunter in the past and has a special story worth sharing. The Sales Director, Damon Bounds, has been an automotive enthusiast since growing up in the 1980s. He was influenced and inspired by his father who he called “Pops.” Damon moved into a new chapter by launching a marketplace for collector cars that adopted a brick-and-mortar presence in 2023. Today, Revheads has a customer-centered approach: “With transparency, education, and a little courage, anyone can appreciate the unique experience of stepping back in time and experiencing transportation like our ancestors did,” he said.

The auction for this 1938 Chevrolet Master Street Rod ends Tuesday, May 14, 2024 at 11:45 a.m. (PDT)

Visit the AutoHunter listing for more information and photo gallery

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Tyson Hugie
Tyson Hugie
Tyson Hugie is a Phoenix-based automotive enthusiast who has been writing for The Journal since 2016. His favorite automotive niche is 1980s and 1990s Japanese cars, and he is a self-diagnosed “Acura addict” since he owns a collection of Honda and Acura cars from that era. Tyson can usually be found on weekends tinkering on restoration projects, attending car shows, or enjoying the open road. He publishes videos each week to his YouTube channel and is also a contributing author to Arizona Driver Magazine, KSLCars.com, NSX Driver Magazine, and other automotive publications. His pride and joy is a 1994 Acura Legend LS coupe with nearly 600,000 miles on the odometer, but he loves anything on four wheels and would someday like to own a 1950 Buick Special like his late grandfather’s.

1 COMMENT

  1. I really like the 38 look. Tell me about the motor approximately how many miles on it. What’s the horsepower and torque? The tranny is a three-speed Auto when was it last gone through? Is all the electrical working headlights blinkers brakes? Please be a specific as you can as I want to make a good sound judgment. Thank you. Mike

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