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Vehicle to be offered for Auction sale January 27-31, 2016 at Russo and Steele’s 16th Annual Scottsdale, Arizona Auction. Please contact us for more information.
Chevrolet’s landmark introduction of its new overhead-valve inline six-cylinder engine for 1929, better known as the “Cast Iron Wonder” and more commonly as the “Stovebolt,” propelled the GM division to record sales through the early 1930s and forced archrival Ford to reply with its much-hyped new V-8 engine for 1932. Harley Earl’s excellent styling was borrowed from his successful LaSalle and beautifully applied to the value-priced Chevrolet line, providing further appeal. Sleekly streamlined bodies for 1934 featuring handsome Vee-style grilles and fully skirted fenders and “Knee-Action” independent front suspension made a great car even better. Mysteriously, however, despite their success, precious few 1930s-era Chevrolets remain today. Fewer still exist today in hot rod form, in stark contrast to the hordes of far more common Ford-based hot rods found virtually everywhere.
This multiple award-winning 1934 Chevy street rod is a breath of fresh air, riding on a beautifully finished, detailed, and boxed frame with tubular cross members, independent front and rear suspension with coil over shocks, rack-and-pinion steering, and four-wheel disc brakes. The sleek roadster body was supplied by Downs and finished with an eye-catching yet tasteful two-tone custom paint scheme and topped off with a beautifully fitted Tan soft top. Outstanding additional items include period style bullet-style headlamps, custom taillights, custom billet wheels, and even a 1930s-style Chevrolet emblem set into the raked grille shell. The Chevy’s interior is sporting yet very comfortable and luxurious, trimmed in leather and featuring Vintage Air, bucket seats, a custom console, power windows, door poppers, engine-turned instrument panel, custom gauges, a custom billet steering wheel on a tilt column, among the many highlights.
The heart of a hot rod is its powertrain, and this Chevy stays true to its heritage with a modern fuel-injected GM Ram Jet 350 V-8 engine that is fully chromed, polished, and accessorized. Spent gases removed by a stainless-steel exhaust system. A GM Turbo-Hydramatic transmission and polished Corvette drivetrain plant the power to the pavement. Built to a high show-quality level and extremely well detailed and finished throughout, the totality of this Chevy’s build is only apparent upon close inspection. Simply handsome throughout, this ’34 Chevy street rod is a sure-fire crowd magnet, equally ready to cruise, show, and enjoy!