1918 Chevrolet 490 Touring
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Barry Weaver from Dayton Ohio sent in this great photo. "I am
looking for some guidance and information. The attached photo shows a group of
gentlemen taking a break in Toledo, Ohio on the way to delivering several new
Chevrolets from Detroit to New Lebanon, Ohio, where my grandfather was a
Chevrolet dealer in the early 1900's. Can you identify what models these cars
are? We haven't a clue!" I told Barry these look to be 1916 to 1918 490
models buts that's as far as I can take it. If anyone else has any information
on this picture send it to me and I'll pass it along to Barry.
UPDATE: Thanks to Ken and David at Chevytalk.org who added the following great info: "They are post January 1917 streamline models and these 1917 490's still had upright windshields - but the 490 roadster with the same streamline cowl body was not available until the early spring time - since it was first available in March 1917. It must have been taken in the spring of 1917 [mud and coats] - when it was difficult to get railroad cars - the photo was taken in front of Bunnell Auto Sales Co. the Chevrolet Distributor in Toledo, Ohio. One of the dealers in the photo was Harry H. Weaver, the New Lebanon Chevrolet direct dealer in this small town about 10 miles west of Dayton." According to Barry his grandfather is in the photo, in the roadster. I wonder if any of these cars have survived?
Here are some pictures courtesy from Jim Boland of Belmont,
Ontario. "It is a 490 racer that was for sale at Hershey about 1975. It featured
some 1920's speed equipment such as;
- 4 cyl. Olds head (bigger valves and three exhaust ports rather than one)
- side draft Winfield carburetors, pressurized by a pump on the right cowl (it gave the mechanic something to think about besides dieing!)
- alloy pistons from a Curtiss-Jenny biplane
- extra lubrication from a Jewitt car oil pump
- wire wheels
This car apparently could do almost 90 mph!"
Very interesting car - I wonder where it is now 30 years later???
Here is a picture of Jim's 490 after he purchased it in 1972 - "This 1921 490 was built in Oshawa in April 1921 as a four door touring car. It sustained fire damage, mainly to its' rear area, early in its life. The rear section and doors were removed and the neat box and roadster top were added. It was licensed until 1927 and placed in storage in 1931! I purchased it in 1972 from the grandson of the original owner. Restoration was completed in 1979." Pictures of the completed pick-up are below.
From Jim Boland in Belmont, Ontario - "Attached are a few pictures for your gallery. The black 1918 touring was owned and restored by the late Walt Young of Michigan. It was once part of the Fred Hurst Car Museum in Iona, Ontario and now resides near Lancaster, Penn. You know about the green truck! (It is Jims own which is in excellent restored condition). The 490 snowmobile, of course, is the one now at the Oshawa Car Museum. I took the photo the day it was auctioned off at the Minnie Thompson Museum sale in Stratford. The maroon 1918 490 is owned by Ron Houghton of Union, Ont. He restored it from a truckload of parts. Unfortunately we were never able to get all three of these 490s together at once for a group photo!"
Thanks to Bob Wood in Quebec for sending in these two pictures of his newly acquired 1917 490 purchased from New Brunswick. It's in a little better shape than mine!
Here are some better shots of Bob's car at show in Vermont early in the summer of '04. Bob is standing with his wife Nicole his friend Ed is at the wheel and his wife is sitting on the running board. It's great to see a 490 being used and enjoyed. I'm looking forward, way forward, to when I can do the same!
This later 490 project car recently sold on eBay for $2580 USD. (September/03)
This photo of a 1918 490 sold on eBay recently for $7.50 USD (September/03).
This car was on eBay in August but was pulled before the end of the auction.
Here is a shot of the motor of the same car. Is that green motor paint correct???
UPDATE: Erling StorstrÝm from Norway adds the following. "The green is normally much darker and more brownish in original from GM/Chevrolet, as you certainly know. But here is the Norwegian story of the brighter green: After a major repair of the engine the garages quite often had a limited choice of colors to repaint. Ford had a big market in Norway, and to make a convenient choice for themselves, the garages used the shown green, used originally by Ford as a standard. I had that green on the engine of my 31 pick up before repaint to original grey. I would think the story also can fit in other countries."
Thanks to Steve Ketcham of Milford , MA for sending in this great shot of his grandfather George Gee taken in 1924. I believe that is a 1923 Superior he is the proud owner of.
Here is a Superior ad from July of 1922.
This '22 was recently on eBay. Missed the final bid price, though.