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In the Garage: 1935 Chevrolet Standard coupe

This 1935 Chevrolet Standard coupe owned by Cathy

This 1935 Chevrolet Standard coupe owned by Cathy Auricchio was bought in Virginia and has the original drive train and mechanical brakes. Credit: David Fluhrer

THE CAR AND ITS OWNER: 1935 Chevrolet Standard coupe owned by Cathy Auricchio

WHAT MAKES IT INTERESTING: Auricchio's six-cylinder Chevrolet played a key role in the company's battle with Ford for U.S. sales supremacy through the mid-1930s.  In the eyes of collectors, however, vintage Fords have usually won by a wide margin due largely to their more powerful V-8 engines and hot-rodding potential.  But with classic Ford prices continuing to rise, some enthusiasts have turned to the Chevys as a smart, collectible alternative.  Even though Chevrolet churned out nearly 800,000 passenger cars in 1935 alone (including a reported 60,000 Standard coupes), good examples are scarce because many were daily drivers, junked at the end of their lives.  As a result, the Fords tend to overwhelm the classic car shows.  "It's very unusual to see a Chevy instead of a Ford survivor," says Auricchio.


WHERE SHE FOUND IT: She bought it from an owner in Alexandria, Virginia.

CONDITION: Auricchio's ride has the original drive train and mechanical brakes.  It also sports a rare factory-installed radio (original price: $45) and temperature gauge. "It was restored in 2003 with detail to 1935 specs," she says.  "With her dual carbs, I can cruise at 55 miles per hour.  I drive her to shows in Nassau and Suffolk counties.  She is never trailered." 

TIPS FOR OWNERS: "Get the youth of today interested in the hobby," she advises. "Keep the spark alive."

VALUE: Auricchio says the Chevy is "worth the world to me."  The NADA Guides puts a "high retail" value of $21,300 on a similar coupe.  The original showroom price was $475.

THE BOTTOM LINE: "I have always wanted a three-window coupe," she says.  "I am told by the second owner that the original owner used her to run moonshine in the Blue Ridge Mountains."

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