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Barn Find: 1939 Chevrolet Master Deluxe 2-dr sedan

Classics  /   /  By Jim Pickering

Original pre-WWII cars are becoming increasingly difficult to find these days.  With the rise of celebrity hot-rodders in recent decades and the subsequent popularity of resto-modification, a lot of originality has been replaced with small-blocks, floor-shift overdrive transmissions, and two-stage paint jobs.  And while it may be hard to argue that adding speed and shine to a car is a bad thing, the feeling one gets from touching paint sprayed on in 1939 or sitting on a seat upholstered in 1941 simply can’t be duplicated with modern finishes or materials.

Stored since 1967, this 1939 Chevrolet Master Deluxe 2-dr Town sedan has escaped any attempt of hot-rodding thus far. The seller even goes so far as to state, “The car is all original except for a radio that my father installed back in the ’60s.”  The original 216-ci inline six-cylinder and three-on-the-tree transmission are said to run and drive great, and they should prove to be as reliable as any 350 V8/automatic swap would be.

Barn find cars like this continue to be hot in the marketplace, and recent sales have placed similar restored examples at between $15k and $25k. Click here to see how this one is doing.

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  1. Don Canney December 11, 2010 at 4:57 pm Reply

    These old cars are pictures of the past: you don’t realize how different they are if they have been “resto-rodded” or souped up or hot rodded…you have replaced the history with a bunch of non-related chrome and gee-gaws. If the point is to have a really fast shiny, car, then don’t destroy a historic vehicle to do it.

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