Chevrolet Series H

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Chevrolet Series H
1915 Chevrolet Series H-2 Royal Mail Roadster.jpg
1915 Chevrolet Series H2 Royal Mail
Overview
Manufacturer Chevrolet Motor Car Company (pre GM)
Chevrolet Division, GM
Also called H-2 and H-2½ Chevrolet Royal Mail Roadster
H-4 Chevrolet Baby Grand Touring
H-3 Chevrolet Amesbury Special
Production 1914-1916
Body and chassis
Class mid-size
Body style H-2/H-2½/H-3 2-door roadster
H-4 4-door touring
Layout FR layout
Powertrain
Engine 171 in3, 26 hp (19 kW)(1916), I4
Transmission Selective-sliding 3-speed cone clutch[1]
Dimensions
Wheelbase 104 in (2,642 mm) (1914)
106 in (2,692 mm) (1915-16)
Chronology
Predecessor Chevrolet Series C Classic Six
Successor Chevrolet Series F

The Royal Mail models H2 (1914–15) and H2-1/2 (1916), the Amesbury Special model H3 (1915) and the Baby Grand model H4 (1914–16) were American cars made by the Chevrolet Motor Co.. They would be replaced by the Chevrolet Series F in 1917.

Beginning[edit]

The Baby Grand was one of the first automobiles made by Chevrolet under W.C. Durant, GM's founder. It was part of his idea to build a car to compete with the very popular and cheap Model T Ford. When it first came out, it was priced at $875[2] as a four door, 5-passenger touring car[3] (a 1914 Model T touring was $500).[4] A speedometer was standard.[5] One advantage over a Model T Ford was that a Baby Grand could get an electric starter[3][5] (the Model T did not get them until 1919).[6]

Models[edit]

In 1914 the Series H2 Royal Mail Roadster was offered with a 102 in (2,591 mm) wheelbase and the H4 5-seater Baby Grand Touring model,[7] used a 104 in (2,642 mm) wheelbase.

In 1915, all Series H models got a longer 106 in (2,692 mm) wheelbase and larger brakes, and an electric starter was now standard.[8]

Also for 1915 Chevrolet introduced the Amesbury Special model H3, a 3-seat roadster (similar to the Royal Mail) that sold for $985. It came painted in French grey with green patent leather interior. The standard wheels were the plain wooden spoke type, but most of the cars sold had the optional Houk wire wheels which cost $125 extra and were painted green to match the interior.[9] Sadly due to poor sales this model was dropped after only one year.

In 1916, the Royal Mail model H2-1/2 was introduced which was the first integral trunk for Chevrolet with gas tank in the rear.

The Series H models were moved upmarket when the $490 Chevrolet 490 was introduced in June 1915 to compete directly with the Ford Model T.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Directory Index: Chevrolet/1916_Chevrolet/1916_Chevrolet_490_Brochure". Oldcarbrochures.com. Retrieved 2014-08-18. 
  2. ^ "Directory Index: Chevrolet/1914_Chevrolet/1914_Chevrolet_Brochure". Oldcarbrochures.com. Retrieved 2011-11-20. 
  3. ^ a b "1914 Chevrolet Series H Images, Information and History (Baby Grand, Royal Mail, Turtledeck Roadster, H-2, H-4, H-3)". Conceptcarz.com. Retrieved 2011-11-20. 
  4. ^ "1914". Mtfca.com. Retrieved 2011-11-20. 
  5. ^ a b "Directory Index: Chevrolet/1914_Chevrolet/1914_Chevrolet_Brochure". Oldcarbrochures.com. Retrieved 2011-11-20. 
  6. ^ "1919". Mtfca.com. Retrieved 2011-11-20. 
  7. ^ "1914 Chevrolet". 
  8. ^ by the Auto Editors of Consumer Guide (2007-08-01). "HowStuffWorks "1915 Chevrolet Series H"". Auto.howstuffworks.com. Retrieved 2011-11-20. 
  9. ^ "1915 Chevrolet".