10-11 October 2013

Lot 116

1948 Chevrolet Fleetline Aerosedan Coupe

To be auctioned on Thursday, October 10, 2013

Sold for $35,750

  • Chassis no. 9FKG24226
  • Engine no. FAM193176
  • Body no. N10187

90 bhp, 216.5 cu. in. inline six-cylinder overhead-valve engine, three-speed manual transmission, coil-spring independent front suspension, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 116 in.

  • Believed to have accumulated under 38,000 actual miles from new
  • Finished in stunning Oxford Maroon Metallic with the Country Club package
  • Awarded First in Class at the 2010 Fairfield County Concours d’Elegance

Bridging the gap between pre- and post-World War II production automobiles, Chevrolet introduced the Fleetline Sedan in 1941. Upon the official entry of the United States into the war, production of the car for civilian use was stopped the following year, and it eventually resumed after the conclusion of the war in 1946. Initially offered as a four-door sedan, the attractive aerosedan coupe arrived in 1942 and helped to improve sales both before and after the Second World War.

The aerosedan had arguably the best combination of looks and practicality over all of the other Fleetline models produced. The bodywork features smooth, flowing lines that would come to define cars of the late 1940s and early 1950s. The luggage compartment is spacious and capable of swallowing up luggage for its five occupants with ease. It clearly appealed to Americans at the time, as the aerosedan was the best-selling single body style in the model range. More than 200,000 were built in 1948, which represented 27% of total production. The Fleetline range grew in 1949 to include both two- and four-door sedans in two levels of trim. However, the fastback style was fading fast from fashion, and sales began to slow. The final year for the Fleetline was 1952, and Chevrolet produced 37,000 two-doors that were reportedly made with leftover 1951 bodies.

This 1948 Aerosedan was produced at Chevrolet’s Norwood, Ohio, plant, with a tan striped fabric interior and Oxford Metallic Maroon paint. The car is equipped with a number of desirable options, including a heater, dual spotlights, an eight-day clock, fog lights, and an AM radio, and all of which are in working condition. The car is offered in its original shade of Oxford Maroon Metallic, and it still retains the original tan striped fabric interior. The car is also equipped with the popular, dealer-installed Country Club package, which brought the addition of exterior wood trim. The car wears its wood siding well, and the color of the grain helps to complement the beautiful paint.

This car has long been a resident of Southern California, and it has been driven regularly to shows and on tours and rallies throughout its current home state of Connecticut. The current owner has spent over $20,000 on keeping it in excellent mechanical condition, and maintenance receipts from its current ownership are included in the sale. As a result, every mechanical item on the car works as it should.

The aerosedan is a spectacular example of an American car that bridges the gap between pre- and post-war production. Its massive production numbers speak to the model’s popularity when it was new, and it is just as popular with collectors today. This example is in spectacular condition, and it would be an incredible addition to any collection of American classic cars. The odometer currently reads just under 38,000 miles, which are believed to be actual, and which is remarkably low for a car of this model and age.

This vehicle presents a remarkable opportunity to purchase a very low mileage example of one of the most collectable cars to ever wear the Chevrolet name.

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