The Chevrolet Deluxe was a trim line of Chevrolet. It was the sales leader for the marque during the 1940s and manufactured 1941 to 1952. The line included a 4-door sedan, a fastback 2dr 'Aerosedan', convertible and business coupe styles. The original series were manufactured 1941 to 1948. A new body style was introduced for 1949, running until 1952.
The De Luxe line was offering a balance of style and luxury appointments unavailable in the base Special series.
In 1949, all the Chevrolets got the first new styling after the war. The Deluxe was the brand new upper-end model for Chevrolet. The cheapest Deluxe was the Deluxe Styleline 6-passenger sedan, costing $1,492.
Many things changed starting in 1950, starting with a luxuriously-appointed hardtop coupe, called the Bel Air.
Another change was the availability of Powerglide, a two-speed automatic transmission, exclusively in the Deluxe and Bel Air models. It was powered by a 235-cubic inch six-cylinder engine developing 105 horsepower and had a 3.55:1 rear differential. Models sold with the standard three-speed manual transmission got the usual 216.5-cubic inch engine, developing 92 horsepower.
At the Auction
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This is a 1949 Chevrolet De Luxe was bought from a woman in Pennsylvania whos late husband purchased it in 1972 from the original owner. Then he drove it into a heated barn and left it sitting there until now.
The new owner lubricated the cylinders, cleaned the fuel system, installed a rebuilt fuel pump and a fresh battery and it fired up. It runs drives and stops. He took it down the road. Amazing how nice it rides and shifts smoothly through the gears. The gauges and speedometer work, all the glass is nice and clear.
Car was then also washed, waxed and vacuumed. The paint, stainless and chrome are in incredible shape. The paint seems to be original with the exception of the lower portion of all four fenders, it appears to have had some minor rust repairs above all four wheels, which was done prior to 1972. The car does have a few scratches but for its age it's in great shape. The wheels still have the pin striping on them.
The cars has been undercoated. Floors and trunk are in great shape with no rust. The interior is very good shape. The door panels have some stains. The drivers seat has a very small wear spot on the top of the seat. Still, amazing shape for a set 65 years old! The dash, knobs, gauges, seats and floor coverings are all in great shape. The ash tray and working lighter don't appear to have ever been used. The trunk is also in good condition: Trunk mat and side panels are nice. The original jack and two wheels with old recapped snow tires are there.
The car does need a radiator and an exhaust system, the front pipe has a hole in it. The car is being sold with a clean PA title and bill of sale.