1932 Chevrolet Confederate BA

  1932 Chevrolet Confederate BA
Deluxe Roadster

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This amazing Cabriolet is finished in its correct color of Inverness Green with Medium Cream accents, the trim identification plate is still mounted to the firewall to confirm.

Chevrolet produced approximately 313,395 vehicles in 1932. Out of these, only 8552 of the higher priced DeLuxe Sports Roadsters were produced, accounting for less than 3% of total production.

The "DeLuxe" models were set apart from the entry level Roadsters by their assortment of unique equipment and a broad palette of color offerings.

Chromed landau bars, chrome cowl lamps, chrome hood side doors, side mount spares and twin trumpet horns are all in place on this remarkable '32 DeLuxe Sports Roadster. This 2-4 passenger Cabriolet also features the rumble seat and low boy luggage tray & trunk.

Yes, the 1932 Sports Roadster could accommodate two or four passengers thanks to the rumble seat.

The magnificent interior features correct seating, door panels, mat, and controls. This Chevrolet features fully functional original gauges as well as a working vintage handbrake assembly.

Close inspection of the interior further confirms the originality of this example.

The bowtie rubber pedals are still in place, they are removed for preservation when motoring.

Look closely underneath the passenger side mat, near the battery. You will find original wood along with the Chevrolet identification plate stamped with this cars original "BA" chassis identification number.
The chromed engine side vents were part of the "DeLuxe" package. They are fully operational as is the fresh air cowl vent, operated from the passenger compartment.

Under the hood is Chevrolet's overhead valve six cylinder engine. This 194 cubic inch engine is factory rated at 60 horsepower thanks to raised compression, a hotter camshaft, and downdraft carburetion. Factory literature boasts 70 mph top speeds with this model. The OHV inline 6 cylinder engine runs smooth and is the car's correct 1932 cast engine (836573) This example runs very well and the gearbox operates correctly. 1932 was also the first year of Chevrolet Synchromesh transmission, the most notable mechanical improvement of the 1932 Chevy models. This allowed much easier gear changes. Also, the overhead valve six cylinder provided smooth operated and a reliable driving experience. Be sure to play our video if you haven't already. You can see the gearbox operate and listen to the engine revolutions.

The engine block casting is clearly visable.

The original trim identification plate is intact. It also appears that the firewall still displays the original, unrestored Inverness Green paint.

"Free-Wheeling" was first offered by Chevrolet in 1932. Initially touted as an economy feature, it allowed the car to coast when the driver's foot was lifted from the accelerator pedal. It soon fell from favor when the public realized its dangers by the lack of engine braking during downhill runs.

The side mount spares feature dual chromed mirrors.

Chevrolet Dealers offered what was coined "The Great American Value" in 1932. This was a program that offered free inspections and adjustments at 500 miles, free inspection every 1000 miles, and replacement with no charge for parts.

The long hood is highlighted by the "DeLuxe" hood ornament.

The rear is further accented by twin "Duo" taillights.

The Confederate Roadster/Cabriolet rides on a 109 inch wheelbase.

The undercarriage boasts original framework, underbody, and showcases Chevrolet's mechanical improvements for 1932. Braking duties are handled by mechanical 4-wheel drum brakes. The front suspension features semi-elliptical leaf springs. The semi-floating rear axle also features semi-elliptical leaf springs. The frame of the 1932 Confederate BA series also received an additional cross member.

The 1932 Chevrolet BA Confederate was often called the "Baby Cadillac" rightfully so. This is one stylish automobile. In optimum condition, it is written that the BA Confederate Roadster could accelerate from 0 to 35 miles per hour in 6.7 seconds.

The trunk is a reproduction unit that fits the factory luggage tray perfectly.
The original running boards are highlighted with these Chevrolet Dealer step plates.

The exterior bright work and paint finish is in exceptional condition. This is an older restoration of an original example in remarkable condition today.