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1930 Chevrolet AD Universal Sedan

7. November, 2014

Chevrolet launched the Series AD in 1930, replacing the previous AC models.  This is the only year the AD model was produced, making this classic a very desirable vehicle with collectors of fine automobiles.  While virtually indistinguishable from the 1929 Chevrolet, the 1930 Chevrolet Universal bore a number of significant improvements. The popular 194 cu in “Stovebolt Six” engine, which was previously advertised as “A Six in the price range of the Four”, was strengthened in the bottom end with beefier crankshaft bearings and crankcase webbing. Larger intake valves and smaller exhaust valves, together with a new manifold, increased horsepower from 46 to 50. The rear axle was strengthened; new Lovejoy hydraulic shock absorbers were employed with smaller wheels and larger tires to smooth the ride, and internal expanding brake shoes were used all around. The fuel gauge was moved from the tank to the dash, above which the windshield was now slightly slanted backward to reduce glare. This vehicle features front and rear bumpers that were optional in 1930.

The current owner has owned the car for around 30 years and is just the third owner.  The car was bought at an auction around 1983 when the previous owner, also a resident of Illinois, passed away.  After many years in storage the vehicle went through a frame-off restoration back in 2005.  Pictures of the vehicle before and during the restoration will go to new owner, we didn’t have them digitally available for the auction. They went all the way down to the chassis during the restoration, nothing was overlooked.  The vehicle now has a new rebuilt motor with less than 600 miles on it.  The tires are great and the upholstery is all new.  The mechanical brakes have nice strong pressure and the emergency brake works well. The vehicle has the optional front and rear bumpers as well as a nice luggage carrier in the rear in front of spare tire.

  • Series AD
  • Stovebolt 194 CI six cylinder engine
  • 3-speed standard transmission
  • Black and Gray with Gray interior
  • Optional front and rear bumpers
  • Steel wheels with 17 inch tires
  • Hydraulic shock absorbers
  • Garage kept

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  • Mileage: 58000 miles
  • Year: 1930
  • Engine: 194 cu in (3.2 L) Inline 6
  • Fuel type: Gas