1949 Chevrolet Styleline Deluxe
Family Owned Since New!
1949 Chevrolet Styleline Deluxe Two Door Sedan
- Family Owned Since New!
- Current Fourth Generation Ownership
- Original Bill of Sale
- Purchased New at Taylor Chevrolet of Walled Lake, MI
- Purchase Date August 19, 1949
- Annually Maintained by Steve's Antique Auto Repair
- Incredible History and Runs/Drives Well
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“The most beautiful BUY of all!” – Chevrolet 1949 magazine advertisement
The MotorCities.com website provides the 1949 story: “1949 was the year that the big three auto manufacturers introduced their 'post war' styling models to the automotive buying public. Ford, along with Chrysler and General Motors, all offered totally new designs, and Chevrolet was in front of the line with its all-new designs and features. In fact, automotive historians have said that the 1949 Chevrolets ranked among the year's best-looking low-priced cars.
“There were two new body Styles, the Fleetline and the Styleline, with 14 new models including De Luxe and Special versions. The Deluxe Styleline two-door sedan offered great styling and a price tag of $1,492. The Styleline DeLuxe sport coupe was another great looking model that also was a hit with the public. This model could accommodate six passengers for short trips to the grocery store or long rides on the highway out to the country for a family vacation.”
Offered here is a 1949 Chevrolet Styleline Deluxe in Silver Gray over light tan. Sold brand new at Taylor Chevrolet Sales in Walled Lake, Michigan on August 19th, 1949, this historic Chevy has been owned by the same family (now in its fourth generation) since new and has received regular maintenance. The result of this sort of owner commitment and care is a time-capsule: a nearly showroom-new 1949 automobile more than 70 years later. The car's odometer shows 63,258 miles, or fewer than 900 miles per year since new.
The car's exterior finish displays even gloss across every panel. The color is remarkable. There is no damage to any sheet metal. Chrome trim is in exceptional condition with very light patina on some surfaces. The front grille is a very appealing design that influenced countless other models and every Chevrolet for years to come. Chrome window and rear-fender-top trim is especially handsome and adds flair to the rounded surfaces and roofline. Restrained factory badging—including the hood ornament and bowtie emblem, hubcap bowtie emblems, “DeLuxe” script fender badging, and trunk emblem (matching the front bowtie design)—is all in place and in very well-maintained condition. Cabin glass and all lighting lenses (including the well-designed taillights) is clear and uncracked. Wide-whitewall tires are mounted on the factory steel wheels.
The cloth interior in complementing shades of tan has been as well-maintained as the exterior. Door trim in dark and light tan cloth features a stylized, horizontal design with thin chrome accents. Vertically thin-striped two-tone tan and darker brown cloth shows little wear. The only noteworthy flaw is a small tear in the fabric on the front-passenger folding seatback. The beautifully designed brown steering wheel includes chrome trim and a blue-and-gold bowtie-logo center emblem and a chrome horn ring. The slide lever controls for the then-optional heater are mounted below the dash. A large 100-mph speedometer faces the driver on the two-tone dashboard with simple chromed controls, vertical chrome trim, and an analog clock continuing a lovely art-deco look that must have wowed customers after the spartan war years on the home front. The car's trunk is clean with two spare tires included.
Under the hood, the original 232-cubic-inch, inline 6-cylinder provides ample power. (The car starts, runs, and drives perfectly.) The engine bay is largely original, clean, and well-kept with no added chrome or other modifications. Viewed from below, the car's chassis is straight and undamaged with signs of minimal “weeping” on the lower engine and differential surfaces. (The car has been maintained, inspected, and serviced annually by Steve's Antique Auto Repair.) Expected light surface rust is present on some untreated metal.
All factory identification and build tags remain as mounted at the factory. The original sales and maintenance documents are included in the sale.
While the more than 145 high-definition photographs and the short walk-around-and-startup video available on the GarageKeptMotors website showcase this '49 Chevy Styleline Deluxe in detail from every angle, including from below, we expect and encourage in-person inspections at our Grand Rapids, Michigan showroom. Please call to arrange an appointment in advance as our showroom is not open to the public. And feel free to get in touch anytime by phone or email if you have questions.
There's no way to tell what will come next for this beautiful, historic Chevrolet. Whether it will become an exhibit on some current-day Chevy dealer's showroom floor or be the pride of a private enthusiast's GM collection, we are sure of one thing: Everyone who gets to experience the car will be impressed with its style, condition, and ownership record.
One of a kind? Absolutely.