Chevrolet Amesbury Special Roadster

When William Durant, having been pushed out of General Motors, decided to re-enter the automobile business, it was to engineer and racing driver Louis Chevrolet that he turned. As an interim measure he brought out a light car called the Little, but Durant had in mind a more substantial automobile. Louis Chevrolet, meanwhile, envisioned an even larger car than Durant wanted, and so when the first Chevrolet car, the Classic Six, debuted in 1912, it weighed nearly 4,000 pounds and sold for $2,250.

That was clearly not a car with which to battle Henry Ford, so a crash program was begun for a smaller, less-expensive car. The result was the H-series Chevrolet of 1914, with a 170.9-cubic inch ohv four designed by Arthur Mason. This basic engine would remain in production through 1928. The H-series, which included the Royal Mail tourer and Amesbury Special roadster, was Chevrolet’s mainstay until the arrival of the low-price 490 in 1916.

Early Chevrolets are rare, the Amesbury Special particularly so.

This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in October of 2010 at the Hershey Lodge, Hershey, Pennsylvania.

24 hp, 170.9 cu. in. ohv inline four-cylinder engine, three-speed manual transmission, solid front axle and live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and two-wheel mechanical brakes. Wheelbase: 106".

Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Copyright Darin Schnabel

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