Chevrolet Series BA Confederate

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Chevrolet Series BA Confederate
1932 Chevrolet Confederate BA 4-Door Sedan OKP156.jpg
ManufacturerChevrolet (General Motors)
Model years1932
AssemblyOakland Assembly, Oakland, California
North Tarrytown Assembly, Tarrytown, New York
Flint Assembly, Flint, Michigan
Norwood Assembly, Norwood, Ohio
St. Louis Assembly, St. Louis, Missouri
Oshawa Assembly, Oshawa, Ontario Canada
Osaka Assembly, Osaka, Japan
General Motors South Africa, Port Elizabeth, South Africa
GM Argentina, Buenos Aires, Argentina
GM Belgium, Antwerp, Belgium
Body and chassis
LayoutFront-engine, rear-wheel-drive
PlatformGM A platform
Related1932 Pontiac
Engine194 cu in (3.2 L) I6
Transmission3-speed manual
Wheelbase109 in (2,768.6 mm)
Curb weight2,410–2,850 lb (1,093–1,293 kg)
PredecessorChevrolet Series AE Independence
SuccessorChevrolet Eagle and Mercury

The Chevrolet Series BA Confederate (or Chevrolet Confederate) is an American vehicle manufactured by Chevrolet in 1932 to replace the 1931 Series AE Independence. Production slipped significantly from over 600,000 cars to 313,395 as the Great Depression continued, but was still sufficient for Chevrolet to retain first place in the American car sales table.[1] Sales were also affected by cross-town rival Ford introducing the Ford V8 coupe and sedan.



The Series BA carried over much from the Series AE and the main external differences were the sloping of the windshield and the removal of the external visor above. On either side of the hood the previous louvers were replaced by opening vents, finished in a distinctive chrome on DeLuxe models

It remained powered by the "Stovebolt Six" 194 cu in (3,180 cc) six-cylinder engine, but now upgraded with a downdraft carburettor and a higher compression ratio to produce 60 hp (45 kW). A three-speed synchro-mesh transmission was fitted and a "Free Wheeling" mode was standard, which permitted the car to coast when the driver's foot was lifted from the accelerator.

The electrical system was 6V Positive ground, dual front (referred to as "Town and Country") horns and a passenger side Brake and Parking light were options that could have been added on at either the dealership or factory. Turn signal systems had not yet been implemented, the generator used a "Cut-out" relay which only used 1 wire for its generating system. Voltage regulators weren't implemented until 1935.


  1. ^ "1932 Chevrolet Series BA Confederate". How Stuff Works. Retrieved 3 January 2013.