1935 Chevrolet Standard Coupe

The 1935 Chevrolet is a rare car today. This popular vintage automobile became a hot rod of choice for many car enthusiasts and a beautifully restored one such as the Chevrolet Standard 3 Window Coupe featured in this article is rare indeed. This particular automobile is located in East Setauket, New York and recently has been awarded trophies in five out of six car shows. The car is a real original beauty.

1935 Chevy Standard Coupe

1935 Chevy Standard Coupe

The 1935 Chevrolet car featured in this article has the original engine, transmission and drive train and was manufactured in Flint Michigan in April 1935.¬† The car is equipped with an AM radio that added $45 to it’s price. This car also was built with the No Draft Ventilation Cabin that deflected cigarette smoke. Original sticker price for this vehicle was $445.

A Three Window Coupe is an automobile popular up until World War Two and consists of two side windows and a backlight. The Five Window Coupe by comparison has an extra window on each side.

1935 Chevrolet Coupe

1935 Chevrolet Coupe

So many cars from the 1930′s were modified into hot rods just about any car that hasn’t been heavily modified from this decade is somewhat rare. Many were chopped up into hot rods during the 1950′s.

Fords from the 1930′s are another popular hot rod modified model.

If you were to name the most popular Chevys of this decade that was modified into street rods they would probably be the 1933 and 1934 models nevertheless the 1935′s were also in high demand as hot rods.

For those wishing to restore a 1935 Chevy Coupe, finding one that is fairly rust free is a challenge. If you’re lucky enough to locate one you may be paying five figures to acquire it. You’ll probably find them a bit more rare than Fords of that period since Ford produced many more units than Chevrolet.

1935 Chevrolet Styling

Vintage automobiles for the most part are considered those built between World War One and World War Two. This was a period when materials were readily available as was a sizable workforce. Many innovations were introduced during these years.

Most auto companies struggled through the Great Depression years in various degrees but when World War Two began materials were scarce and civilian production was halted in February 1942. The beautiful 1935 Chevy Standard Three Window Coupe was one of those cars designed and built during these vintage years.

1935 Chevy Three window Coupe interior and dash

1935 Chevy Three window Coupe interior and dash

For the 1935 Chevrolet line GM promoted quality at low cost. Chevrolet offered ten different models for 1935 and this included a sedan and coupe convertible.

The two basic models produced in 1935 were the Standard and the Master Deluxe.

Base price for the Standard was about $500 and for the Master Deluxe about $600. The Great Depression had it’s effects on new car prices. You might have paid well more for a car during the 1920′s and even in the decade before that.

The Standard model was little changed from 1934. The design looked lean and trim. The Master Deluxe on the other hand was almost a completely new car but being longer didn’t have the same athletic look to it. You’ll find the Master Deluxe to look more rounded. There were also two convertible models in the standard line that included the Phaeton and Roadster.

The 1935 Standard Chevys were also the last to have external radiator caps. Another nice touch on the 1935 Chevys was the long winged hood ornament.

The 1935 Chevy Standard models included  The Master Deluxe models were the first to have a two piece V shaped windshield. AM Radios, which were first produced for automobiles in 1928, were available in the 1935 Chevys.

1935 Chevy Inline six cylinder engine

1935 Chevy Inline six cylinder engine

1935 Chevrolet Standard Three Window Coupe Specifications

The 1935 Chevrolet Coupes came off the production line with 206.8 cubic inch straight six cylinder engines delivering 74 horsepower. The 1935 models had a bigger engine than the 1934′s which used an engine originally designed in 1928.

Transmission was a three speed manual.

The 1935 Chevy Standard wheelbase was 107.0 inches. Wheelbase on the Master Deluxe was 113.0 inches. These measurements illustrate the big difference between the two models.

Brakes on the 1935 model were drums both front and rear.

Suspension on the 1935 Chevrolet Standard model was a plain beam axle and semi-eliptic springs on the front. Master Deluxe models had GM’s Knee Action front suspension available.

The car’s weight averaged about 2,600 lbs. Master Deluxe models were about 3,000 lbs.

1935 Chevy Standard Coupe

1935 Chevy Standard Coupe

Available production figures for 1935 show that 11,900 three window coupes were built and 40,200 five window models. Chevrolet built a total of about 550,000 Standard and Master Deluxe models for 1935. The 1935 production year was shortened with cars built only January to September. Both the Chevy Standard and Master Deluxe sold well in 1935 with the Master Deluxe selling about 100,000 more vehicles.

See our article along with interior photos on the 1939 Ford Deluxe Coupe Convertible on the link below…

1939 Ford Deluxe Coupe Convertible

1935 Chevrolet Standard Coupe Values

As mentioned above, so many of the 1935 Chevys have been modified into street rods that unmodified models aren’t easy to find. This fact also makes original unmodified models that adhere to the original specifications quite valuable.

Many asking prices for 1935 Chevrolet Standard Coupe models in mint show condition could be north of $40,000. Don’t be surprised to see a $50,000 plus price tag. The more original parts on a restored 1935 Chevy the higher the price.¬† As mentioned above, a 1935 non restored project car might be priced in the five figure range, perhaps $12,000 to $15,000, if there aren’t serious rust issues.

Price will ultimately depend on condition, degree of restoration and originality. The more original the stronger the value.

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1940 Ford Deluxe Convertible Coupe

The 1940 Ford Deluxe Convertible Coupe may be one of the prettiest cars that Ford ever produced. This car has the styling of Ford Motor Company’s Bob Gregorie’s design department along with a lot of influence from Edsel Ford. Edsel Ford’s main challenge at the automaker was to convince the elder Henry Ford to approve innovations.

1940 Ford Deluxe Coupe

1940 Ford Deluxe Coupe

The Styling of the 1940 Ford

Bob Gregorie, formally Eugene T. Gregorie, was a designer who worked for Ford a couple of times. A high school dropout, Gregorie began his designing career as a yacht designer on the east coast, moved to General Motors in Detroit during the Great Depression, was recruited to Ford Motor by Edsel Ford and departed the company after Edsel Ford’s unexpected death in 1943.

After being hired at Ford in 1932 Gregorie soon became head of Ford’s design department in 1935 and worked closely with Edsel Ford. One of Gregorie’s first assignments with Ford was to design a car for the European market which he did with Ford’s Model Y.

1940 Ford Convertible Coupe

1940 Ford Convertible Coupe

The 1940 Ford had clean styling which was actually introduced in 1939 and was freshened up for the 1940 model year. Major changes were on the front end along with a new interior and dashboard. The car is noted for it’s sleek roof curves and it’s split angular windshield as well as it’s fully integrated grille. The 1940 Ford was one of the first streamlined cars from Ford. It was also one of the first V-8 cars in it’s price range.

Bob Gregorie was lured back to Ford in 1945 but left again for good a few years later. Interestingly enough, the yacht designer turned automobile designer ended up returning to boat designing after his years at Ford Motor.

A Popular Restoration Vehicle

Today, you may very well see several of the 1940 Ford Coupes at auto shows with a good number of them modified into hot rods. The hot rodding with the 1940 Ford Coupe took off after World War Two.

1940 Ford Convertible

1940 Ford Convertible

The 1940 Ford is one of the most collectable cars of the pre war era. The cars are so popular that Ford now has licensed complete reproduction bodies. These all steel reproduction Ford bodies are licensed by Ford Restoration Parts. Hot rodders can order these bodies with a modified firewall.

Since 1940 Fords in good enough condition to restore are not exactly easy to find the reproduction bodies are becoming quite popular among hobbyists. Ford unveiled their 1940 hot rod using a reproduction body at the Specialty Equipment Market Association show in Las Vegas. As of this writing, the basic 1940 Ford body shell sells for around $12,000. Adding doors and deck lids might put another $4,000 on the price tag.

1940 Ford Deluxe Coupe Specifications

The eight cylinder 1940 Ford Deluxe Coupe shown in this article was produced with an L-head 221 cubic inch 85 horsepower V-8 engine.

The transmission was a three speed manual. The transmission could be either floor mounted or column mounted. The brakes were four wheel hydraulic drums which were also on the 1939 Fords.

1940 Ford V-8 Coupe

1940 Ford V-8 Coupe

The car’s wheelbase came in at 112.0 inches.

The 1940 Ford Coupe had a weight of just under 3,000 lbs.

The car seated two passengers and there was a small jump seat in the rear of the interior.

Total Ford Motor production for 1940 was 541,900 vehicles. Out of this total 23.700 were Convertible Coupes and 20,200 were Business Coupes. A total of six production Ford models were available for the 1940 model year.

Total production numbers for all models for 1940 for Ford was 542,000 and for Chevrolet 764,000.

Two additional Ford articles you may find interesting on the links below…

1946 Ford Convertible

1930 Ford Model A Roadster

The 1939 Ford Deluxe Convertible Coupe

1940 Ford Deluxe Convertible Coupe

1940 Ford Deluxe Convertible Coupe

1940 Ford Coupe Prices

As mentioned above, the 1940 Ford Coupe was and is a popular collector’s car. An original restored 1940 Ford Coupe is going to have an asking price of perhaps $38,000 to $45,000 plus. A 1940 Ford Deluxe Convertible Coupe may be in the $65,000 to $70,000 plus range depending on degree and quality of restoration. These are mint condition prices. Any 1940 partly restored Ford Coupe not in showroom condition will sell for less.

1940 Ford original Coupes are rare for really two reasons. There weren’t those many built and so many of those that were produced were modified into hot rods. This is the major reason that a fully restored 1940 Ford Coupe or Convertible Coupe in mint condition and as an original passenger vehicle can attain high selling prices.

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