Chevrolet Standard Six

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Chevrolet Standard Six
1934 Chevrolet Standard DC Coach.jpg
Overview
Manufacturer Chevrolet Division
of General Motors
Also called Chevrolet Mercury (1933 only)
Production 1933 (Mercury)
1934–1936 (Standard)
Body and chassis
Body style 2-door coupe
2-door rumble seat coupe
4-door coach
Layout FR layout
Related Chevrolet Master
Powertrain
Engine 181 cu in (3.0 L) I6
206.8 cu in (3.4 L) I6
Transmission 3-speed manual[1]
Dimensions
Wheelbase 107.0 in (2,718 mm)
109.0 in (2,769 mm)(1936)[2]
Chronology
Predecessor Chevrolet Series BA Confederate

The Chevrolet Standard Six (Series DC) was launched in 1933, initially as the Chevrolet Mercury, as a lower priced alternative to the 1932 Chevrolet Series BA Confederate that became the Eagle in 1933[3] and Master from 1934.[4] It was advertised as the cheapest six-cylinder enclosed car on the market.[5]

The Standard was offered in three body styles all on a 107 inch wheelbase: coach, coupe and coupe with rumble seat. All bodies were by Fisher and featured 'no-draft ventilation'. All models were powered by a 181 cu in (2,970 cc) six-cylinder valve-in-head engine producing 60 bhp (45 kW; 61 PS) at 3,000 rpm and 125 lb·ft (169 N·m) of torque[6] giving the car a top speed of between 65–70 mph. This engine had first appeared in a Chevrolet in 1928. The car had full instrumentation.[7] A clock, heater and a radio were options.[1]

In 1935, a larger 206.8 cu in (3,389 cc) six-cylinder engine was offered in lieu of the 181 cu in (2,970 cc), producing 74 bhp (55 kW; 75 PS) at 3,200 rpm and 150 lb·ft (203 N·m) of torque.

For 1936, the Standard Six received a wide range of improvements and a wider choice of body styles including cabriolet and sports sedan versions. It was built on a new box-girder frame with a wheel base of 109 inches.[8] With an increase of compression ratio from 5.6:1 to 6:1, the standard 206.8 cu in (3,389 cc) engine now produced 79 bhp (59 kW; 80 PS) at 3,200 rpm and 156 lb·ft (212 N·m) of torque which was now shared with the Master Six.[9] The spare wheel moved from its external rear trunk location to a new compartment under the trunk. Brakes were 11-in drums.[2] The steel roof was new.[10]

The Standard Six was discontinued for 1937 when the Master range was joined by the new Master Deluxe.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Kimes, Beverly (1996). standard catalog of American Cars 1805-1942. Krause publications. ISBN 0-87341-428-4. 
  2. ^ a b "Directory Index: Chevrolet/1936_Chevrolet/1936_Chevrolet_Brochure". Oldcarbrochures.com. Retrieved 2011-11-20. 
  3. ^ "1933 Chevrolet Eagle and Mercury". How Stuff Works. Retrieved 3 January 2013. 
  4. ^ "GM Heritage Center 1933 information sheet" (PDF). Retrieved 2011-11-20. 
  5. ^ The Tuscaloosa News - Mar 12, 1933 pg11
  6. ^ "GM Heritage Center 1935 information sheet" (PDF). Retrieved 2011-11-20. 
  7. ^ "1934 Chevy Owner's Manual". Chevy.oldcarmanualproject.com. Retrieved 2011-11-20. 
  8. ^ "GM Heritage Center 1936 information sheet" (PDF). Retrieved 2011-11-20. 
  9. ^ by the Auto Editors of Consumer Guide. "How Stuff Works". Auto.howstuffworks.com. Retrieved 2011-11-25. 
  10. ^ "Directory Index: Chevrolet/1936_Chevrolet/1936_Chevrolet_Brochure". Oldcarbrochures.com. Retrieved 2012-05-31. 
  11. ^ by the Auto Editors of Consumer Guide (2007-09-19). "How Stuff Works". Auto.howstuffworks.com. Retrieved 2011-11-20.