A Very Special Aussie Chev
Photographed in September 2018 at Adelaide's Concours de Lemons
Every now and again you come across something a little different, a little rare.. something that you may never have seen before, or even heard about.. Occasionally that something is beautiful, and captivating, and memorable.
For me, in that perfect storm, the unique combination of somethings, there would be an obstacle in the way of making a memory of the something in my favourite manner, by photographing it.
But this once, all those things came together, and I DID have my camera with me. I DID have the time and the opportunity to take some photographs.
And then, in the hectic pace of life, and having so many things to do, I put the experience to the back of my mind, and didn't actually get around to looking at the photos properly until tonight. At which time, the memories of my impression on the day rushed back, and the opportunity to share with you, gentle reader, is upon me.
I give to you .. a 1932 Chevrolet Moonlight Speedster. The sole survivor of it's type.
Only ten of these cars were built, based on the running gear of a 1931 Chevrolet, with a body built in Woodville, South Australia by Australian Coachbuilder newly turned General Motors division Holden. One car was displayed in each of the 5 Australian Capital Cities of Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Perth and Brisbane.
The design was based on a 1929-1930 Vauxhall Hurlingham (Vauxhall being another GM division)
From the firewall back the Moonlight Speedster bodies are hand formed aluminium with the standard firewall steel pressing bolted to the cowl by two timber frames. The boat-tail out back is constructed of 17 pieces of welded aluminium fitted over a timber frame.
The car has an in-line 6-cylinder Chev engine of 194 cubic inches and output of around 60hp.
I hope you enjoy the pictures.