1947 Chevrolet

Stylemaster Sport Coupe $23,500

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For consignment, a 1947 Stylemaster Sport Coupe which due to the war is essentially a 1942 Fleetmaster with some tooling updates.  It is designated a sport coupe due to its two doors.  Plenty of chrome to contrast the exterior Oxford Maroon, and a buttoned up interior lets go for a cruise!

Chevrolet was kicking some styling butt in 1947, and looking at the sleek forward facing lines of this car it could be moving, but it's standing still. Even so it is still moving..our eyes visually, from the swept forward “B” pillar to its voluptuous fenders and nicely down curved “boot” this car just drips late 40's styling. The tall standing knobby hood sits proudly above a horizontal ribbed chromed grille which gets larger as it descends to the bumper. The back of the car just uses curved lines to their max with not a straight line seen anywhere, even the taillights.  These straight steel panels, laser measured gaps, and solid construction, are sprayed with an Oxford Maroon. The paint job is looking snappy with a nice spit shine overall.  I love the rear fender skirting and “italicized” rear glass styling which shows the aforementioned motion. Maroon steel wheels are wrapped with wide white rubber, and feature Chevrolet badged dog dish caps on all 4 corners.  

Yards of tan felt cover seating, and door panels.  Door panels make use of beautiful faux painted metal in grained wood for the interior window surrounds. Perfectly chromed door handles and cranks are topped with cream bakelite bezels, and present very nicely. Some water staining is present on the door panels. Looking at the very utilitarian but functional dash, we see an alignment of rectangular gauges to drivers left, and a speedo on the left which is attached to a wonderful horizontal chromed speaker frame and ending on the other side in a circular clock. Cream Bakelite knobs are noted, as is the steering wheel surround, which has a beautifully aged color and which contrasts to the dark tan metal paint sprayed dash. A must note is the light beige felted cloth seating with its sexy art nouveau inspired curved backs highlighted in dark piping. There is a split back bench run front, and a solid bench in the rear, and it appears unused.  Flooding the floors is a hook and loop medium beige carpeting which shows like new. Headliner is showing aging and a bit darker, but in fine unstained condition, nice and tight. Also need to give a shout out to the trunk area covered in ribbed rubber panels and carpeting with a 2 tier setup for 2 spare tires.

The 216.5ci inline 6 cylinder engine within a clean restored and repainted engine bay shows as very clean and utilizes a cast valve cover. To its driver's side is a 1 barrel carburetor, (ca.1954, the original comes with the car!), with a chromed open air cleaner replacing the dirty oil bath setup that originally came from the factory.  A 3 speed manual transmission pushes power rearward to a 4.11 rear axle.

Stamped steel panels and all the working of the inner fenders and some suspension parts have a fine coating of surface rust, but certainly nothing invasive.  A new fuel tank and fuel filter is noted, along with new gas lines and new wiring.  Braking on all 4 corners is manual drums, and the ride is provided by front independent coil springs, and rear leaf springs.

One of my favorite things to do is a test drive and it is made even more special when I can hop into a late 40's mass of Detroit iron and just go for a cruise.  So I did, (one of the perks of the job), and this car ran swimmingly, handled nicely and was an overall nice experience save for a vacuum leak preventing the wipers from working.  It got me away from the madcap antics of the showroom, and took me back to a pre-birth, (for me), era few get to really experience, which was just fab!

Some post war retooling and styling, a nice standard car which can easily get you from point A to point B and turn some heads in the way.  Mechanically sound, and all looking good in the maroon.


14-Baltimore, MD Assy Plant
C-March Build
3471-Sequential Unit Number


STYLE NO 47 1227-1947 Stylemaster Sport Coupe
BODY NO M494-Baltimore Body #
TRIM NO 129-Tan Cloth
PAINT NO 345-Oxford Maroon Poly

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Sub Model
Sport Coupe


Engine Size
216.5ci I6
Fuel Specification
91 Octane or below
Engine Type
Transmission Type
3 Speed Manual


Body Color
Oxford Maroon
Body Style


Interior Color
Seating Type
Split Bench
Seat Material
Shifter Type

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