2019 Shannons Melbourne Summer Classic Auction

1931 Chevrolet AE Independence Tourer

$18,000 - $24,000

No Reserve


Engine 194ci in-line six-cylinder
Gearbox Three-speed manual
Engine No. R2838414
Chassis No. V996756P
Body Work Tourer
Colour Coffee cream, whipcord tan guards
Interior Whipcord tan
Trim Vinyl
Wheels Wire-spoked
Brakes Drum/drum

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Marketed as “A Six for the Price of a Four”, Chevrolet's all-new overhead-valve motor was introduced in 1929 and would go on to power the majority of the company's cars until the 1950s. Developed in response to the threat posed by Ford's new Model A, the so-called ‘Stovebolt’ motor displaced 194-cid, developed 46 horsepower at 2600 rpm in its initial form and was fed through a Carter single-barrel carburettor. The 107-inch wheelbase chassis had four-wheel mechanical brakes and a banjo-type back axle, while drive was taken to the rear wheels via a three-speed gear change. Chevrolet continued improving the model into the 1930s, adding a slanted windshield and hydraulic shock absorbers for the Universal Model AD of 1930 and a new radiator and wire wheels for the Model AE Independence the following year. Chevrolet’s Model BA of 1932, dubbed the Confederate, saw a host of innovations, from the synchromesh gearbox to a counter-balanced crankshaft, plus selective freewheeling and a reinforced frame. Styling changes included a longer bonnet, deep crown front wings and an integrated radiator grille, along with 18-inch wire wheels and a built-in sun visor. A Carter downdraft carburettor saw the Stovebolt six’s power output climb to 60 horsepower, while the model range was split between Standard and Deluxe versions. Having taken top spot from arch rival Ford the year before, Chevrolet consolidated its position at the top of the sales charts in 1932, building just 323,100 cars as the Great Depression began to bite.  


  • Superb 1931 Chevrolet Deluxe Tourer
  • Thought to be the only one in the country
  • Fully restored over 23 years
  • Multiple trophy winner
  • No Reserve
Owned by a Chevrolet enthusiast and restorer for more than 40 years, this 1931 AE Deluxe Tourer is believed to be the only one in the country and rare anywhere. Bought as a wreck, it has undergone a chassis-up restoration that took 23 years. It is superb and has a plethora of club and car show trophies to prove it. The Holden’s body, number 216, is finished in Berger colours which closely replicate its original Cream with Spanish Tan factory colour scheme. All the mechanicals were professionally rebuilt and the hood is in Mercedes Benz cloth, and it has rare “Jaken” glass side curtains. All the very best materials were used in the restoration. A new battery was recently fitted. Being a Deluxe, it has the dual side-mounted spares with tyre-mounted mirrors, the radiator stone guard, rear luggage rack, Eagle radiator cap, top boot, two-position windscreen and adjustable wind wings. There’s also two-bar bumpers front and rear, front mudguard mounted side lights, rear seat robe rail and adjustable foot rail, metal luggage trunk with waterproof canvas cover and under-seat tool boxes. Basically, it’s got everything! Turn indicators are also fitted front and rear to help navigate in modern traffic. Believed to have had just four owners in its almost 90 years, this 1931 Deluxe Tourer has even featured on the front cover and in an article in the Vintage Chevrolet Club of America magazine. After a lifetime restoring old Chevrolets the owner is only selling because he’s now too old to get in and out of it. A large spare parts inventory is also available by separate negotiation. Previously on Victorian Club registration, this 1931 Chevrolet Deluxe Tourer will be offered for sale unregistered and with No Reserve.
Note: Shannons advise that all potential buyers research all vehicles before purchase to authenticate originality.

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