Recently I was at a car show where there was a 1938 Chevrolet Coupe on display. I understand that the car has been owned by the same family since it was new.
The 1938 Chevrolet Master Business Coupe
I believe that this model is the Master Business Coupe. The more upscale Master Deluxe Business Coupe had signal lights and windshield wipers as standard equipment. I did not see any signal lights on this car, so on that basis, I believe that this car is basic Master Business Coupe.
The Business Coupes Only Had a Front Bench Seat and a Very Large Trunk
The business coupe appealed to people who needed basic transportation to drive to work. It was also popular with traveling salesmen who needed a large trunk to carry samples around to their potential customers.
The 1938 Chevrolets Were Powered By an Inline Overhead Valve 6-cylinder Engine
The 1938 Chevrolets were powered by a 216 cubic inch overhead valve 6-cylinder engine. The engine had a compression ratio of 6.25:1 and produced 85 horsepower at 3,200 rpm and 160 lbs/ft of torque at 1,400 rpm. While Chevrolet’s competition, Ford, had the flathead V8 engine, it too produced 85 horsepower, so Chevrolet was not giving anything away in terms of power to Ford.
The Interior of the 1938 Chevrolet Is Basic, But Tasteful
The 1938 Chevrolet had a synchronized floor-mounted 3-speed transmission. The interior is rather plain, but very functional and clutter free. I rather like it.
A Chevrolet Ad From 1938
These late 1930’s Chevrolet Business Coupes were the cars that Juan Manuel Fangio used to develop his racing skills on those long Argentina road races. These days several of these 1938 Chevrolet Business Coupes have successfully competed in the Peking-to-Paris rallies.
This 1938 Chevrolet Has Been Very Nicely Restored