Streetside Classics-Dallas/Fort Worth
5400 Sandshell Dr
Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth, TX
Now that a lot of us have kids and families, full-sized hot rods are starting to make a lot of sense. Take this 1939 Chevrolet Master Deluxe 2-door sedan for example: lots of room, a big trunk, and carrying many of the upgrades you'd want in your next streetrod. Thankfully, this Blue Metallic beauty has largely been kept stock outside, so it retains all that's great about American pre-war design, but with the added benefits of a comfortable modern interior and punched-up drivetrain. Not a complete stocker, and certainly not some over-the-top hotrodder either, this '39 manages to straddle the fence perfectly, and the result is a very special car indeed.
Sleek and aerodynamic even with its bulging fenders and classic running boards, this Master Deluxe was the top-of-the-line Chevy in '39 and shows off its Art-Deco influences throughout - a look that hasn't gone out of style and probably never will. Finished in an elegant Blue Metallic paint, a much more exciting shade than the Cloisonne Maroon the car originally wore (assuming that we're reading the paint code correctly), and although this exact color wasn't on the 1939 palette, it's close enough to Regency Blue that it might even satisfy the purists. it's pretty close to what it might have worn when it was new, so it looks right. The body is 100% GM steel to capture the true full-fendered look, and there are no custom parts, no shaved trim, and other than the wheels no additions that detract from the original styling. Fit and finish are quite good, as you might expect on a build with only 1,412 miles on the clock, and the doors close with that distinctive sound that only vintage cars demonstrate. All of the original trim's still in place, too, including the lovely vertical grille, hood trim, and ornate door handles that look like miniature works of art, even on a Chevy. Factory accessories like the turn signals on the front fenders, hood trim, and third brake light out back add to the show, and even the chrome bumpers are trimmed properly so they're still usable as intended.
The interior sticks with traditional hot-rodding style, offering black tweed-and-vinyl upholstery on the modern bucket seats up front and original bench in back, including bright orange Bowtie emblems in the seatbacks up front. The same tweed-and-vinyl patterns cover the door panels, highlighted by bright orange piping that matches the Bowtie in the seatbacks, while plush black carpets below help insulate the cabin. A billet instrument panel was installed ahead of the driver and filled with white-faced AutoMeter gauges offering a vintage-looking pattern that's neither too ornate nor too plain, and they do a great job keeping an updated accounting on the Straight 6 under the hood. The dash was painted Blue Metallic to match the exterior, and a back-up camera now sits in a cubby behind blue felt covering, no doubt the former location of an original speaker grille. A thick-wrapped steering wheel with a blue Bowtie center cap looks awesome, while 5 manual gears are managed via a tall 8-ball topped shifter that splits the front buckets. The trunk is big enough to carry a surprising amount of luggage on your next road trip and come equipped with a full-size spare.
The most critical ingredient in any rod is the powertrain, and this Chevy delivers performance via a swapped-in 235 cubic-inch Straight 6 that was borrowed from a 1959 Chevrolet, and it was neatly wedged between the flowing front fenders. Topped by an Offenhauser intake and dual single barrel carburetors, it gives this vintage sedan the moves of a much younger car. It's also neatly dressed with a bit of chrome and billet, dual air cleaners atop the carbs, and a polished and finned valve covers atop the block that's further illuminated with blue LED lights attached to the hood braces. A big radiator keeps the engine running nice and cool, and all the accessories are neatly organized and detailed enough to be shown off with great pride. Underneath you'll find an upgraded front suspension with power front discs brakes, while out back hangs a swapped-in S10 rear axle with 3.73 gears inside, so it drives like a much more modern car. A 5-speed manual transmission means cruising is simple and very fun, and the dual exhaust system features glasspack-style mufflers for an amplified rumble that doesn't get annoying on long trips. Sparkling American Racing Torque Thrust wheels enhance pretty much and streetrod, and they're wrapped in 205/70/15 front and 205/75/15 rear blackwall radials that fill the fenders perfectly.
A well-built rod that needs no excuses, this '39 Chevy combines plenty of style and performance with the space to take the family with you, all at a very reasonable price. Call today!
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