Survivor Chev Drives Original Interior Vintage Antique GM Classic Auto Old Car

Price: US $5,100.00
  • Location: Mossleigh, Alberta, Canada
  • Condition: Used
  • Make: Chevrolet
  • Model: AE Independence
  • SubModel: Special Sedan
  • Type: Sedan
  • Trim: Special Sedan
  • Year: 1931
  • Mileage: 93,608
  • VIN: 540664
  • Engine size: 194 ci. 6 cylinder
  • Fuel: Gasoline
  • Drive type: RWD
  • Vehicle Title: Clear

1931 Chevrolet AE Independence Special Sedan description

This Chevrolet AE Independence Special Sedan is a true survivor, apart from having had one repaint some years ago. Otherwise it is an honest original, unmolested, and unrestored.
The car has been well maintained, is very complete and quite solid, showing 93,608 original miles on the odometer. It was built in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada, was sold new in Vancouver, British Columbia, and spent its life in western Canada.
It is also quite evident that this car did not spend much time exposed to the elements, and has lived most if not all of its life under cover.
The windshield displays an original City of Vancouver inspection sticker from 1961, it’s condition a further testimonial to a sheltered life.

The car’s history is known back to 1964, and we believe it is currently in the hands of only its 4th owner.
It is Serial # 540664, and the original firewall tag indicates it to be Job #31569, and Body #622-R.
This model weighed in at 2,725 lbs. and is powered by a 194 ci. OHV inline 6 cylinder engine rated at 50 hp.

This car starts readily and easily, even after several months of winter storage, and is a joy to drive, performing as expected with double clutching.

Current presentation is clean and tidy, showing the normal wear and tear of its age, originality, and non-abused mileage.
Original options this car is equipped with include front and rear bumpers, dual sidemount spares, luggage rack with Touring trunk, and Guide lamps.
Although original color was dark blue, as a black sedan with black wall tires it has nice curb appeal.

November 1930 saw Chevrolet introduce Lovejoy shocks, semi-elliptic springs, engine vibration dampener, a heavier frame, a more rigid crankshaft, improved flywheel, and new ribbed block and crankcase castings.

The 194 ci. OHV inline 6 cylinder engine starts easily and runs smooth. It appears to have had some freshening up at some point, and has likely had new gaskets installed, but we suspect it has not had a recent rebuild as it does smoke just a bit.

There is a complete Egge engine rebuild gasket set included, along with a second set minus the head gasket. A bit of tappet noise suggests it could use valve adjustment, but otherwise the engine sounds fine and is overall quite clean and tidy.

The engine compartment and components all appear as correct and original. The only deviations from originality are modern hose clamps.
Belts and hoses are in good condition. The engine splash pans are present and in nice straight condition.
Several new components are evident, including the fuel line to the filter and pump, rebuilt with components suited to alcohol based fuels.
It has a correct NOS Carter updraft carburetor, a new coil, new spark plugs with correct cloth covered plug wires, and a recent battery.
The original honey comb radiator appears in very good condition.

The 3 speed transmission shifts nicely with double clutching. The clutch pedal could use adjustment to reduce free travel.
There are no unusual sounds coming from either the transmission or rear end while driving.
The only evident signs of leakage are a minor leak at the transmission.

The car rides on a 109” wheelbase. The solid and rust free frame and chassis component all appear in good condition and as originalwithout damage.
The original leaf springs have original style Alemite grease fittings at the bushings and maintain the car in a proper stance with a good ride.
The original Lovejoy shocks all appear in good order.

Steering is good with no excessive free play.
The brake system is 4 wheel mechanical, internal expanding, and is in good operating condition with lots of pedal.
The hand brake works perfectly.
The exhaust system and muffler are in good condition.
The fuel tank looks very good with no dents, rust, or signs of previous leakage or repair.
The battery box is the only item showing any rust out, easily replaced.

The tires hold air and have decent tread remaining on most, but are older and not a matched set of 6. They are bias ply tube type 4.75/5.00 x 19”, as original spec for this car.
They are mounted on 6 original wire wheels, 4 sporting new hubcaps, 2 with nice used ones.

The bodywork previously performed on this Chev certainly appears to be of an amateur level. In fact, it could be a case of the car having been repainted without much concern or attention paid to bodywork, as there are some small dents here and therepossibly left alone rather than being repaired.

The right rear fender is the worst panel as it has many dents, however,a very nice solid and straight replacement fender is included to go with the car.

The other fenders are not that bad with only minor dents, and seem quite solid.
The hood panels are quite straight, as are the doors, apart from a ping on the right front one.

Overall the wood structure appears to be solid. The only piece of wood that may have been replaced is the left A pillar, or part of. There is a bit of play at the driver side door hinges, and even less at the left rear door.
Opening the 2 right side doors and moving them up and down on the hinges will result in rocking the whole car, without any indication of loose wood structure or hinges.
Wood in the upper and lower doors all appears solid and intact.

There are no signs of serious rust out or rot, or serious rust repairs. There are however a few small first time rust blisters starting to appear along the lower rear body tub, and near the bottom of some door skins.

The fenders and wells, hood panels, all aprons, sides of the cowl, rockers, and running boards do not appear to have any rust issues.
Rubber matting on the running boards is original and of course shows wear, but they are solid, including the underside brackets.

Although a quick repaint to black was done some years ago, the original dark blue paint is still evident on the firewall and door jambs.
The paint job is amateur grade, as is the hand painted white pin stripping. Stripes on the luggage trunk are tape.
The trunk is in good condition inside and out. Both latches with keys are present but not installed. Yellow on the latches is just glue residue from being wrapped with tape.
About the only piece missing on the car is the dovetail on the left front door, and it should not be hard to find one.

The car has original 6-volt electricals and all wiring appears to be original and in serviceable condition. It has a recent new battery.
Original Guide script headlamp buckets are nice with shielded cables. They also retain their original bulbs, reflectors and Twilite Chevrolet script lenses.
Original tail lamp with Chevlit script chrome bucket, and Bowtie glass lens.
All lights are in working order, and glass lenses are in good condition. The headlamps are quite bright, have both low and high beams.
The car has not been equipped with turn signals.

The speedometer and gauge faces all appear in very nice original condition.
The speedometer, amp and oil pressure gauges are working, the temperature and fuel gauges are not.
Nice original pull knobs for lights, spark, choke and throttle.

Original vacuum wiper and motor, working but sluggish.
There is no horn on the car.

The interior is totally original. The seat covers and interior door panels are upholstered in original mohair. Condition ranges from good to fair, with tatters here and there.

The headliner has no rips or holes, but is stained.
The front floor still has its original mat and rear floor has original carpet.
The left front kick panel is missing, but right side is there.
The aluminum door sill scuff plates are in good original condition.

The dash bears original black paint with a few chips.
The steering wheel in in great condition with no cracks and original horn button.
All interior hardware and handles are original and present in good condition.

All glass in in good condition including the windshield. It has a crank handle to raise it slightly but it is not functioning.
All door and both quarter windows crank down and up with ease.
Original glass channels still have flocking and felts in good condition.
Woodgrain finish on the garnish moldings starting to fade on lower sections but upper ones still show nice graining.

The rear seat passengers are provided with a foot rest, a robe cord and egress assist cords, and attractive dual ash trays with a woodgrain finish.
The rear window and rear side quarter windows all have pull down shades, not torn, and still retain their pull cords and functioning retract mechanisms.

The exterior top material was replaced and is in nice condition with no holes or tears. The edge binding in also new.

Much of the exterior chrome brightwork on the car was restored by the previous owner, including both bumpers and guards, the rad shell, and the sidemount hold down clamps. The quality of the plating work is very good.

The head lamp buckets and rings and cowl lamps may be original chrome but are really in very nice condition.
Very nice Chevrolet emblem on the rad shell.

About the only exterior items not rechromed and in original condition with minor pitting are the door and hood latch handles.

The car shows the normal wear & tear of its original miles and age, but overall it is a very solid and clean car.
It is a car you can start to drive and enjoy right away as is. It is also an excellent candidate for a correct restoration given its completeness, unmolested state, and solid virtually rust free condition.

If you are considering an inexpensive and fun sedan from the early ‘30s, then this could be it!
This is an affordable and easy car to maintain and keep roadworthy, and is an ideal car for outings and local touring with family and friends.
You won’t need to spend a bunch of money on restoration parts and labor, nor several years in the garage restoring it, unless you want to.

The owner is an avid collector of vintage cars. An opportunity to acquire a same year Packard, along with storage limitations have moved him to his decision to make this car available.
This little Chevrolet is being offered with a very reasonable reserve below $5,000. Truly a low cost opportunity to start having fun in the old car hobby.


This vintage Chevrolet is being listed on behalf of the owner. Please email ‘’ or phone Rick at (403)534-2222 for additional honest and accurate information from a professional auto restorer. All information listed has been gathered from discussions with the owner and visual inspection and test drive by me. 110 pics are available for viewing at . Additional specific pictures are available upon request. No warranties expressed or implied. Successful bidder to make a minimum payment of 50% of closing bid amount (US funds) within 5 days of auction closing, with the balance payable upon vehicle pick up within 21 days (international) or 14 days (US/Canada).
Payment must be in certifiable form such as cash or wire transfer. Other forms of payment only acceptable with time allowance for instrument to clear bank prior to vehicle being released. Any deviation from, or changes to the preceding terms must be reasonable, and should be requested, discussed, and agreed to prior to bidding and auction closing.


Please submit all inquiries prior to bidding, and please only bid if you are able and willing to conclude the transaction should you be the winning bidder.
This vehicle is being sold with a Bill of Sale, and a 2015 British Columbia registration document (title). Other documentation will also be included.
The car is located in Mossleigh, Alberta, Canada, about 3 hours north of the Montana border. Please be aware of your shipping costs before bidding, quotes can be provided upon request if necessary. We can help make this a smooth, hassle free experience by arranging all inclusive international transportation and brokerage for you. References relating to similar transactions are available. Cars Gone By has sold and shipped numerous collector vehicles to the USA and worldwide, the majority through Ebay transactions.
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