In 1934, this car's slogan was 80 mph from 80 horsepower.
The car was the 1934 Chevrolet, last week's Guess the Vehicle. It also was one of the easier vehicles to guess considering several people guessed the right year and make. Tom Erickson, Don Carlson, Tom Kinsley, Dick Bender, Rosemary Petrich, Ted Toensing, Ken Ness, Larry Roscoe, Harry Austin and Steve Anderson all had the answer.
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Anderson and Toensing provided the slogan. Anderson said the Chevy was a DA Master five-door sedan with a 112 inch wheelbase. "The grille and the radiator ornament were on the Master while the DC Standard had a slightly different grille and no ornament on the radiator cap," he said.
Toensing guessed the car to be a Master Deluxe Sedan. "I'm guessing Master Deluxe because I think the Standard and Master didn't have two windshield wipers," he said. "Can't see the back half of the car but the little bit of passenger side rear window that is visible looks like the size of a sedan window."
Erickson also guessed the car to be a Masters Series.
Toensing and Anderson said the car's engine was an overhead valve, in line 206 cubic inch, six cylinder that produced 80 horsepower. Toensing said this engine was named the "Blue Flame."
Anderson said the car weighed 3,080 pounds and 124,754 of this model were made at a cost of $640.
He also said there are fewer restorations of these Chevys because the bodies were stiffened with wood rather than metal as in the Ford cars of the same years. "My dad worked for awhile in a scrap yard in North Dakota taking the wood out of these bodies to use in the stove of the yard office," he said.
Anderson said wood or metal replacement stiffener kits are now available.
This 1934 Chevrolet was last week's Guess the Vehicle.
Bender said these cars had hydraulic front wheels which were something new at the time.
Austin said some of his parent's friends had a similar car. "I only remember it from the photos that Mom had and the inscription that was on the back," he said. "The clothing even looked about like this photo."
Other facts on these cars from the Autogallery Web site include: There were a total of 551,119 '34 Chevrolets produced and the DA Models had spark plugs at an angle.
Buildings still standing
Dean Elstad said that the Studebaker factory that continued to make the 1966 Cruisers was in Hamilton, Ontario. "The factory buildings were still standing last year but abandoned," he said. "I met a tour bus driver on the ferry to Nova Scotia last year and he e-mailed me pictures."
Duluth Car Show
The fifth annual Veteran's Memorial Hall Classic Car Show and Sock Hop is Wednesday at the Depot in Duluth.
Other cars shows after this include the first Cloquet Classic Car Extravaganza Aug. 11-14 in downtown Cloquet, the Northern Knights Run to the Rapids Car Show Aug. 12-13 in Park Rapids, and Saxon Motors Top 20 Free Car Show Aug. 13 at Saxon Motors in Elk River.
When was first Chrysler
This week's trivia question is "When was the first Chrysler automobile invented?"
The answer to last week's trivia question, "When did America's first gas station open?" is Dec. 1, 1913. It was opened by Gulf Refining Co., in Pittsburgh.
Toensing was the only correct guesser. Roscoe and Petrich guessed that the first gas station was opened in 1907 by Standard Oil of California and they were called "filling stations."
Roscoe said Standard Oil of California is now Chevron/Texaco.
Austin said the first gas station was built in 1907 in Seattle, Wash. "Pretty intriguing in that it was an old tank that held gas and fed it down through a hose to the car," he said. "I got gas from a similar tank at a station on the Hopi reservation in Arizona in the mid '70s. It was a commercially made tank but still operated on the gravity feed method."
Sandy Burton said the first gas station opened in 1905 and it too was considered a curbside "filling station." She found this information from the Web site, www.agilitynut.com.
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