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1932 Chevy Sports Roadster Showcased in Havana Classics at MIAS

1932 Chevy Sports Roadster Showcased in Havana Classics at MIAS

 

Miami, FL – One of the more popular side attractions at the Miami International Auto Show presented by Ally long has been the Havana Classics and Memory Lane displays of cars of yesterday.

This year Havana Classics will showcase a 1932 Chevrolet Deluxe Sports Roadster that was called “The Great American Value” when it rolled off the assembly line over eight decades ago.

Launched amidst the Great Depression, the spiffy little roadster seated two up front and two more in the rumble seat, featured a six-cylinder overhead valve engine known as the “stove bolt 6” that produced 60 horsepower, and was mated to the first Synchromesh three-speed manual transmission. It was sometimes referred to as a Baby Cadillac because of the styling cues it took from the luxury coupe.

Only 8,552 units were built, less than 3 percent of Chevy's total production of 313,395 vehicles, and the selling price was $500, a mere fraction of the five figures it can draw at auctions today. (In 2011 one sold at Barrett-Jackson's Auction in Scottsdale for $65,000.)

This spectacular award-winning vehicle was owned originally by the family of Arthur Chevrolet, brother of the famed Chevrolet namesake, Louis Chevrolet, and has been restored to showroom condition. It is displayed courtesy of the Guy Lewis Collection of Pinecrest, Florida.

 

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Among other cars scheduled to be featured in the Havana Classics display are a 1935 Ford Phaeton convertible, 1947 Crosley sedan, and a Willys, Volkswagen Beetle, Buick Station Wagon, Mercedes-Benz SL, Chevy Bel Air, Mercury Monterey, and Chrysler 300 from the 1950s.

Also featured will be a 1960 Velocette LE motorcycle, a make manufactured from 1948-70 and was used by more than 50 British police forces. The designation “LE” stood for “little engine” and the junior officers that rode them became known as “noddies” because they were required to nod to senior officers as they passed by.

The Havana Classics display also will offer entertainment that includes Tropicana style dancers and conga players, tobacco rolling demonstrations and Celia Cruz giant life-size wooden figures.

Havana Classics is only a part of the Memory Lane exhibits, though. Each year, the Antique Automobile Club of Americas South Florida Region selects a hand full of members to put their pride and joy on display in the Memory Lane exhibit.

Among vehicles schedule for this year’s display in the Convention Center’s Junior Ballroom are a 1964 Fiat 1500 Cabriolet, 1964 1/2 Ford Mustang convertible, 1967 Corvette Stingray, 1967 Karmann Ghia, 1969 Chevrolet Chevelle SS convertible, 1972 Buick Centurion Convertible, 1972 Corvette Stingray LT-1, and 1991 GMC Syclone.

Founded in 1955, the Antique Automobile Club of Americas South Florida Region comprises 200 local members and is dedicated to the restoration, preservation and enjoyment of antique vehicles.  For more information, visit www.aaca.org/southflorida.

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The Miami International Auto Show presented by Ally will run from Nov. 6-15 at the Miami Beach Convention Center, 1901 Convention Center Drive, Miami Beach. Admission to the show is $15 for adults, $6 children ages 6-12, and free for children 5 and under.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.miamiautoshow.net.          

 

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About South Florida Automobile Dealers Association         

The South Florida Automobile Dealers Association began in 1933 and originally was formed to share marketing opportunities and control costs. Today, the Association comprises more than 190 dealerships in Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach and Monroe counties making it larger than some state-wide auto dealer groups. For more than 40 years, the Association has donated over $7 million to numerous charities that also include Joe DiMaggio Hospital, YMCA, Alzheimer’s Association Sheridan House, Museum of Art, American Cancer Society, Historic Society of Fort Lauderdale, and others.

 
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