This 1930 Chevrolet Six Coach reportedly started out as a largely original car except for turn indicators and fiberglass rear fenders, but it didn’t stay that way. The seller wanted a vintage Chevrolet that was better attuned to modern driving than what the factory delivered in 1930. This Chevrolet Six, to use the Bowtie branding of the era, has been extensively reengineered, with a rebuilt, more modern Chevrolet straight-six mated to a five-speed manual transmission sourced from a Chevrolet S10 pickup. The seller notes that all wood in the body has been replaced as needed, and that the chassis has been fully rebuilt with new front and rear axles plus a Toyota steering box. The full list of upgrades is extensive and supported by ample documentation, according to the seller. The seller says all original parts will be included in the sale, and states that the Coach had “minor rust” before the body was blasted and painted.
The original engine has been replaced by a Chevrolet 235-cu.in. OHV inline-six that the seller says dates to 1957 and has had a full mechanical rebuild. The engine has reportedly been balanced, with new parts including pistons, rings, and bearings, plus a rebuilt cylinder head with hardened valve seats. The build is also said to include a mini HEI distributor, a full-flow oil filter system, a PCV system, and a Walker radiator. The engine is said to start readily once the automatic choke is engaged. The transmission’s functionality is described as “great.” The seller says the powertrain does not leak. The engine bay presents as very clean.
The Boatswain Blue and black exterior was reportedly repainted in 2007, with no swirls identified. Blemishes are said to be limited to flaking bumper chrome, small cracks above the passenger window, and a chip on one front fender. The seller states that the car had rust in “a few spots” before the body was blasted with coal dust and then painted. The running boards and body panels appear to be uniformly straight. All body seals have reportedly been replaced. The factory glass has been replaced with safety glass that is said to be in good condition. All lighting is noted to work properly, including turn indicators. The underside of the car presents as very clean, with no minimal surface corrosion.
The tan cloth seating materials are described as “a high-quality Hampton Coach product,” showing no damage. The driver’s seat adjustment mechanism is said to be missing. The Chevrolet has a front rubber floormat and rear carpeting that the seller terms “excellent.” The headliner is also termed “excellent,” with functional dome lighting. No pieces of interior trim are said to be absent. The dashboard has a full complement of instruments that are reported to work “great.” There is no air conditioning, heater, or audio system. An alternator warning light is used instead of the 1930 ammeter.
The chassis of this Coach is reported to have been extensively modified. A 1951-’59 Chevrolet truck straight axle is installed in the front, with a Toyota manual steering box. The seller says that the rear axle is an 8.8-inch Ford unit with 3.55:1 gearing. Nitrogen-filled shock absorbers have reportedly been installed at all four corners. The seller has added hydraulic drum brakes that reportedly have “no issues” and can lock the wheels. The seller says the 5.00R19 Stahl Sport Radial tires have 2011 DOT date codes.
The seller states that this vehicle will be sold on a clean Illinois title in his name. Original parts and extensive documentation of the build will be provided. This 1930 Chevrolet Six Coach has reportedly been transformed into a competent modern car following a major rebuild.
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