1932 Chevrolet BA-Series Confederate

HIGHLIGHTS


  • Lovely, restored example
  • Imported in 2007
  • Loads of history and invoices
  • Perfect wedding hire or promotional vehicle

THE APPEAL


Introduced in 1932 at the height of the Great Depression, the Chevrolet BA-Series Confederate replaced the 1931 Independence model. 

Despite economic headwinds, over 332,000 Confederates were sold in 1932, making it the USA’s best-seller – offered in variety of sedan, touring or coupé body styles, all powered by GM’s legendary "Stovebolt" six-cylinder engine, a unit renowned for its durability. 

A three-speed synchromesh transmission was fitted and a freewheel mode called ‘Wizard Control’ was standard, which permitted the car to coast when the driver's foot was lifted from the accelerator, making it technologically advanced for its time. 

This example is a beautiful restoration, completed in the USA and imported to the UK in 2007, where the vehicle remained with its first British owner until 2019. He used it for wedding hire purposes and kept it in tip-top condition. Since then, the car has been stored as part of a private collection but is now being sold to make way for some new acquisitions.



THE HISTORY AND PAPERWORK


  • Imported in 2007
  • Full UK V5
  • Tax and MOT exempt
  • Previous MOTs
  • Original New Jersey certificate of title
  • Lot of invoices from previous ownership
  • Two A4 folders full of paperwork
  • Old photographs
  • Period sales brochure
  • Costs and repairs broken down by year
  • Always garaged since restoration



THE INTERIOR


  • Grey velour seats with matching door cards
  • Excellent headlining
  • Good grey carpets
  • Dash painted to match body and in good order
  • Rope grab handles
  • Some minor stains to front seat fabric
  • Wooden Chevrolet gear knob
  • Smart four-dial dash
  • Art-deco pull handles and window winders in excellent order



THE EXTERIOR 


  • Very smart overall 
  • Restored in early 2000s and well looked-after since
  • Generally excellent condition with a few minor scuffs and paint chips, but nothing of any importance
  • Underside appears extremely solid and is wax protected
  • White-painted 60-spoke wire wheels with Chevrolet “bow-tie” hubcaps and whitewall tyres
  • Good chrome all-round with only minor pitting
  • Ornate chrome ‘Chevrolet’ exhaust finisher
  • “Town and Country” air horns with different tones
  • Period fog and auxiliary driving lamps
  • ‘Foxy Lady’ signature and Betty Boop graphics
  • Original lockable and detachable luggage trunk
  • Upgraded lighting system with electric indicators


THE MECHANICS 


  • 3.2-litre “Stovebolt” straight-six
  • Low-revving, unstressed 60bhp unit renowned for its reliability and longevity
  • 60k mileage believed correct
  • Three-speed syncromesh
  • Electric start
  • Drum brakes
  • Stainless exhaust system
  • New clutch, water pump, carburettor and brake overhaul in 2018 – little use since
  • Vendor reports that it drives well with no known faults or problems



SUMMARY


This is an absolutely gorgeous example of a fabulous 1930s vintage saloon, finished to a high standard and with a wonderful amount of originality retained. 

It’s in lovely condition and, while it could be again used commercially for wedding hire, it would make a fine addition to any collection. Either way, it’s an exceptionally pretty thing and is guaranteed to turn heads wherever it goes.

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1932
  • Make Chevrolet
  • Model BA-Series Confederate
  • Colour Cream
  • Odometer 60,083 Miles
  • Engine size 3179
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Saint Olaves
  • Location Norfolk
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
11 bids from 6 bidders
  • DC•••• £13,000 30/11/22
  • be•••• £12,500 29/11/22
  • mi•••• £12,000 28/11/22
  • be•••• £11,000 28/11/22
  • Al•••• £10,250 27/11/22
  • mi•••• £10,000 27/11/22
  • bi•••• £8,000 27/11/22
  • ka•••• £7,500 27/11/22
  • mi•••• £7,000 27/11/22
  • bi•••• £6,000 26/11/22

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