A SPEEDSTER FOR ALL SEASONS
Ben and his Dad, Dave brought their 1927 AA Capitol Speedster to the 45th Anniversary Rally at Warwick, Queensland. The speedster is made up from parts from many donor 1920's Chevrolets and goes as fast as it looks! The pair drew many curious looks in their matching helmets and Dry-as-a-bone coats.
LATEST CLUB-MEMBER'S RESTORATION
Seems quite a while since we have seen a new restoration in our Club. This 1926 Chevrolet Superior V is the work of Noel & Margot's son Brendan who hopes to have it ready for his forthcoming marriage to Jess. Here we see the tourer off to have the exhaust system fitted. Next step - upholstery and roof. Stand-by Ian, your Dating & Inspection duties will soon be required!
RARE 1932 AUSTRALIAN FACTORY-BUILT UTE DISCOVERED IN USA?
Ron from Perth, West Australia contacted us in December, 2013 and sought comments from our Members regarding the then current availability for purchase in Michigan, USA of a 1932 Chevrolet Roadster Pickup Truck said to have been built in Australia. He sent a link to the website (see below) advertising the sale. Ron is the owner of several 1931/32 Chevrolets and was sceptical of the origins of the pickup. He pointed out that the cowl was a 1931 bodypart and the front-end was 1932. Without inspecting the vehicle closely he was of the opinion that the vehicle was a one-off amateur body on a 1931 roadster chassis.
Club Member Kevin responded pointing out that right-hand-drive Chevrolets were being manufactured in South American countries in 1932 and possibly that was the origin of the pickup.
In January 2014, Willis from Utah, USA inquired whether any of our Club Members would be interested in a 1932 right-hand-steer "UT" which had spent it's entire life in the western deserts of USA. He attached this photograph:
When Willis was informed that there was a similar vehicle recently for sale in Michigan, he stated the two vehicles were one and the same and he intended inspecting it at it's location in Idaho, USA! Later, he sent these photos:
Compare this ID plate with that attached to Darryl's 1932 Moonlight Speedster which is featured elsewhere within this website.
A photo of the ID plate attached to Ron's 1932 business roadster is included for more comparison. The " Trans " probably refers to the roadster being for commercial purposes. The " BTK " is said to stand for "Batik" which was the name code for a paint colour at the time.
So...... an "Holden" bodied 1932 Chevrolet factory-built roadster utility! Where was it built? Why was it built? What does the " EXP " on the body tag mean - experimental? - export? - express delivery? How did it get to USA?
Willis says the vehicle is still for sale and he is willing to assist a genuine restorer with it's purchase.
There has been conjecture amongst our Members regarding the discovery.
Michael has commented: "I would say that this is a genuine 1932 factory roadster utility. The windscreen frame and posts are 1931, the firewall has the elongated grommet for the cables to go through that was first used in 1932. Darryl's Speedster had a 1931 firewall with the '32 grommet fitted to it and he believes the body was built in 1931 but sold in 1932 as the chassis is the same length for '31 & '32 with the same mounting points and the front sheet metal will fit either year. The car in the photos could have been built in 1931 or it could have been during the transition between the two years using left-over parts. The body badge is interesting and I would like to know what "exp" stands for as I doubt it means "export" and it would be interesting to know how it made it's way to America and when"
Bryan has commented: "What an interesting find. Looks to me like a genuine Holden bodied factory ute so how did it end up in the USA? Perhaps an experimental vehicle send from GMH to GM headquarters for evaluation? The tailgate is reminiscent of that on Ron Daw's 1935 ute which could be a clue."
Ron from Perth has commented: "Yes, that body ID plate is fascinating, isn't it? I've never seen "Exp" stamped on one before. It could stand for "export" or "experimental" or even "exposition" (for display at an Expo or Show). However, "experimental" certainly seems the most likely one. If it was put on show somewhere, there'd be reports in the papers of the time. I'm still puzzled as to how it has 1931 cowl and windscreen posts and a 1932 front end. Kind of makes me suspicious it has been rebuilt from a wreck. It's certainly a mystery vehicle and it would be interesting to try to trace it's ownership. I'm still of the opinion that it has been imported in to the US in recent years. One has to question why would they send a RHD vehicle to US in 1932 and then sell it off? There were plenty of new LHD pickups available in the US. Another thought is the ute may have been exported to a RHD country in the Pacific or the Islands or even South Africa and it found it's way to USA from there."
If you can add to the story, please contact us at email@example.com
Jason from Darwin (Northern Territory) has requested that we add the manufacturing details of his 1954 sedan to the list of known 1953's & 1954's on the page "Bryan's Articles of Interest". Jason says he purchased the car in a restored condition and has sent the following photographs:
Update! Trevor Wynne from Western Australia advises that he is now the owner of the 1954 pictured above. He sent the following photo -
Club Member Bryan's 1927 Chevrolet coupe. The little coupe was imported from USA West Coast and has since received some TLC.
See the May-Jun 2014 issue of "Restored Cars" magazine which includes a feature on Aussie utes.
The article includes photos of some of our Club Members' utes. Here are some of the pictures taken at the photo-shoot in February, 2013.
These two 1931's have recently been imported in to
Queensland from the USA. The blue one is a 5-passenger
coupe - the maroon one is a 1931 coach which still
has the original paint and upholstery. It has travelled
only 23,800 miles from new!
The following photo is of a 1924 4-passenger coupe
which came in the same container as the 1931s.
How's this for an authentic "Aussie" photo from 1947?
Just add a koala and the harbour bridge in the background!
From Michael's collection, some pages from sales brochures of the era:
Club Members Noel & Lyn have shared photos of the
restoration of their 1939 Sloper -
This is Noel eager to
start work after hauling the remains from the Dalby
See more on Noel & Lyn's car on
www.mister-cars.com/Articles/Classic-Car-Reviews/54/ scroll down to Chevrolet
and click on Coupe (Australian Sloper 1939)
Following on from the article about the 1927 Chevrolet Utility in
the "Maybe We Can Help" page, the following photographs of
special-bodied "utes" reveal how widespread was the production
of such vehicles - the first pair of pictures are obviously taken
within the factory - although the vehicles are all new tourers -
was the dealership and the factory within the same building?
Now a selection probably taken by the factory publicity team -
see the Chevrolet sign in the background of one:
The "C" cab van with the signwriting "Sackett Bros." has the
bodybuilder's plate "John H Miller" on the sill below the door
and beneath the three drawers at the rear of the vehicle.
Thanks go to Roger for sharing some of his collection of
photographs of interesting and unique vehicles.
Don Bradman "the Don" 1908 - 2001
On Wednesday, February 28, 2001 "The Advertiser" published a
supplement with highlights of Don Bradman's brilliant career - included was
this photograph. The preamble read "General Motors presented him with the
Don Bradman Special, a red Chevrolet roadster in honour of his deeds during
the 1930 tour of England. While Australians generally applauded the idea of
the gift, it transpired that singling out Bradman for reward resulted in further
unfair and unwarranted criticisms". The caption refers to period photographs
of the don's mother Emily, his fiancee Jessie Menzies and tennis greats
Jean Wilson & R.V. Thomas.
The General Motors Alphabet, or
A for Acadian
B for Buick
C for Chevrolet and so on:
by Bryan Cantrell (050)
This story begins in Spain in 1996 when Judy and I were in Madrid. Across the road from our hotel, in a second-hand car showroom, I came across an unusual “Chevrolet” with Chevrolet insignia on the grille and boot lid, but also the above logo and Acadian ‘Canso’ badges. What was going on?
I recently unearthed my photographs of this car and began to search the internet for more information. Wikipedia has a web page on the Acadian, explaining that it was produced by GM Canada starting in 1962. What follows is based on the Wikipedia information.
The Acadian was introduced so that Canadian Buick and Pontiac dealers would have a compact model to sell alongside their full-size cars. The logo uses the ‘Maple Leaf’ symbol to identify its Canadian origins and perhaps the name has a link to the Acadian race which inhabits the Atlantic provinces in eastern Canada. The Acadians emigrated from France and this part of Canada remains bilingual and bicultural with French and English elements.
It was originally intended that the Acadian would have a Chevrolet Corvair platform and be built at the Oshawa assembly plant on the Canadian side of Lake Ontario. However, plans were altered and the first Acadians used a Chevy II platform with different front and rear styling to give them a distinctive look. All Acadians featured a Pontiac-style split grille but were marketed as a separate brand, never as a Pontiac. There were two models, the base ‘Invader’ and a top-line ‘Beaumont’, both assembled in Oshawa. Available body styles included a 4-door sedan, a 2-door coupe and a convertible.
Subsequently, the Beaumont was moved to a Chevrolet Chevelle platform and the Acadian ‘Canso’ was introduced, being a re-badged Chevy II Nova. After 1976, the Acadian used a Chevrolet Chevette platform and was almost identical to the Chevette except for badging.
The Acadian was also produced in Chile, but as far as I can ascertain, were never sold in Europe. In any case, it seems that GM policy was firm on the fact that the Acadian was a brand in its own right. So, the Acadian I saw in Spain sporting Chevrolet insignia poses some questions.
I believe that the car I saw in Spain is a 1967 model Acadian ‘Canso’ 4-door sedan. Having looked closely at mid-1960’s Chevrolets, I concluded that someone has added the Chevrolet insignia to this car. The “Chevrolet” script on the grille and the “Chevrolet” badge on the boot look identical to those used on some Chevrolet ‘Bel Air’ and ‘Impala’ models of this era. The additions were tastefully done and pay homage to the true identity of the Acadian as a Chevrolet. How this car reached Spain remains unknown as I was unable to converse with the salesman in Madrid.
It seems that have uncovered a case of double re-badging. It helps to highlight the wealth of history encapsulated in the Chevrolet brand over the past 100 years.
AUSTRALIAN BIBLE VAN.
I spotted this vehicle at the 2010 GM day in Caboolture, Qld. The body was originally built as a "camper van" with bunks, table and pedal organ by Cheetham and Borwick based in Carlton, Melbourne.
It travelled to Tasmania with the new owner Mr Colin Ferguson who took the Good News thoughout Tasmania and outback Eastern Australia until the 1940's .After Mr Fergusons death, the van passed on to Mr Phil Ross, an itinerant preacher, who at that time was based in Atherton Queensland. The van was a home for both the Ferguson and Ross families over many years until the late 1950's. It then became a Sunday School bus in Mackay, after bench seats and a rear door were added. Currently owned for 16 years by Doug Alexander of Deception Bay, the van is in very good condition and is still used to spread the Good Word.
SOME NEWSPAPER ADVERTS FROM MICHAEL'S COLLECTION: