For the 1938 model year, Chevrolet offered two versions of the Master series vehicles. The Master was designated as Series HB while the Master Deluxe was designated as Series HA. Both series were offered in six different body styles, which included three variations of the sedan, a two-door coach, a coupe and a convertible….
For the 1938 model year, Chevrolet offered two versions of the Master series vehicles. The Master was designated as Series HB while the Master Deluxe was designated as Series HA. Both series were offered in six different body styles, which included three variations of the sedan, a two-door coach, a coupe and a convertible.
Mechanically, the 1938 models were a further evolution of earlier models. They were powered by Chevrolet’s famous inline, six-cylinder overhead valve engine that had a cubic inch displacement of 216.5 and produced 85 horsepower. The engine was backed up by a three-speed transmission which was mounted on a 112 ¼” wheelbase chassis. The cars were supplied with hydraulic brakes and 16” steel wheels. With an average weight of just 2,800 pounds, the 1938 Chevrolets had the perfect power to weight ratio. They were quick, nimble cars that were easy to drive.
Chevrolets of the late 1930s were well known for being reliable vehicles. Sales for the 1938 model year were about 470,000, which proves how popular Chevrolet had become-even during the height of the Great Depression.
Perhaps the sportiest model was the five-window coupe offered in the 1938 Master Deluxe series. The coupe offered seating for two with a large rear trunk as well as a small storage area behind the front seat. This body style epitomized the art-deco period with its long hood, pontoon fenders, raked windshield and dramatically sloping rear deck. In 1938, the base price on this model was 714.00 and production total was just over 36,000, which was far less than the over 200,000 four-door sedans also produced during this model year.
This striking 1938 Chevrolet Master Deluxe Coupe is extremely handsome car that was the recipient of a thorough and authentic restoration about twenty years ago. Since being restored, this example has been well cared, regularly used and always maintained.
The body, fenders and floors are straight and sound. The doors and trunk lid fit the body with even gaps and margins. The hood aligns properly with the radiator surround, cowl and fenders. This car was always a sound and honest car.
The period correct, rich maroon paint has held up well. If you look really close, there are some very minor blemishes that one would expect from an older restoration. The overall appearance of the paint is extremely nice with an even gloss throughout. The chrome and stainless trim items such as the grill, bumpers, bumper guards, and body moldings are extremely nice and still have a strong and consistent shine. The running boards have been recovered and show hardly any wear. This car has a great overall appearance. This car really shows well from all angles.
On the inside, the car was reupholstered in a period correct, tan, cloth interior with matching door panels and headliner. The upholstery shows hardly any wear. The art deco inspired dashboard has all of its proper gauges and controls. As a Master Deluxe, this car is equipped with a banjo steering wheel, radio, heater, interior visors, and a glove box clock. The dashboard and garnish moldings were properly wood-grained in a light, tan color, which nicely complements the other interior appointments and a new floor mat has been recently installed.
Mechanically, this is a strong running car that always starts easily and goes down the road with the speed and agility that late 1930s Chevrolets are known for. The hydraulic brakes stop the car firm and square. The steering is light and responsive. The clutch and three-speed transmission operate smoothly. Under the hood, the engine compartment is very clean and well cared for. The car retains its original Delco ignition, starting and generator systems as well as its correct carburetor and air cleaner. The original 16” steel wheels have been fitted with newer, whitewall tires, trim rings and the correct deluxe hubcaps. The mileage indicated is just under 16,000, which is likely the mileage since the restoration was completed.
Due to the popularity of the five-window coupe, many 1936 through1940 Chevrolets have been made into street rods over the last several decades. Finding an original, un-modified example of this rare body style has become extremely difficult. This example, with its eye-catching and correct restoration will be a great car for touring and showing.
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