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1932 Chevrolet BA Confederate DeLuxe Sport Roadster

  • Extensive body-off-the-frame restoration
  • Provenance includes 31 years of single enthusiast ownership
  • Well-accessorized and ready for outings and judging
  • A remarkably well-kept and well-presented example

VIN: 3189857

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In the early 1930s, the United States was in the midst of the Great Depression. Automobile manufacturers of all makes struggled to stay afloat, and many were forced to reduce production or shut down altogether. Even with this going on, Chevrolet managed to weather the storm with the release of a new automobile, the 1932 Confederate. It was designed by Harley Earl, who would go on to become one of the most famous automotive designers of all time. Of all the body styles that were offered, the Sport Roadster was considered the most attractive and featured a low-slung, streamlined body with a long hood and short, rounded tail that gave it a memorable and classy look. Even though it was arguably the best looking, the Sport Roadster only represented a mere two percent of Chevrolet production in 1932.

Riding on a 109-inch wheelbase with 18-inch yellow wire wheels, trumpet horns, chrome door vents on the extended hoods, dual side-mounted spare wheels topped with chrome mirrors, and a tilting windshield with an optional wiper, this 1932 Chevrolet BA Confederate DeLuxe Sport Roadster is considered to be one of the best six-cylinder vehicles of the pre-war era. Before the current owner welcomed this example into his climate-controlled collection, it resided with the same owner for 31 years, from 1987 to 2018. Under the previous owner's care, this DeLuxe Sport Roadster went through a rigorous body-off-the-frame restoration with strict attention to originality. If you didn't know, you would expect to learn the restoration just recently took place, but in reality, it occurred in the late 1990s. This is a true testament to the work performed and the care this Confederate has received through the years.

Wearing a Primrose Yellow-like color and black fenders with subtle black pinstriping, the body lines are straight and narrow, and the doors open and close with no catch. Exterior amenities include dual cowl lights, an optional wiper attached to the tilt-out windshield, wind wings, dual-mounted spare tires, a fold-down rear luggage rack with a color-matched trunk, and a rumble seat draped in fine brown leatherette upholstery. The cabin matches the rumble seat, as the door panels and bench are lined in the same fine brown leatherette upholstery. The dashboard features a speedometer, fuel gauge, oil pressure gauge, water gauge, amperes gauge, and an optional dealer clock. Under the dash, one will find an original genuine Chevrolet heater.

Power is derived from a smooth-operating six-cylinder engine that produces an ample 60 horsepower, which is a major improvement over the previous year's model, which topped out at just 50 horsepower. The 194-cubic-inch engine is mated to a three-speed manual transmission with a new for 1932 synchromesh system, which makes shifting gears easier. Freewheeling was introduced for the 1932 model year, which can be engaged with the pull of a knob located on the dash.

The 1932 Chevrolet Confederate Roadster was a memorable car that helped define the automobile industry during a difficult time in American history. Its sleek design, impressive performance, and affordable price point made it a popular choice for all drivers. Wearing its wonderful body-off-the-frame restoration and ready to be judged at AACA and similar events, this '32 Confederate Roadster remains a beloved automobile that continues to garner attention among automotive enthusiasts around the country.

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