1933 Chevrolet CA Master Eagle 4-door Sedan
Original Price: $565.00 (In 1933: Average household income, $1,550.00; average home cost, $5,750.00; gallon of gas, 10 cents)
Number made: 450,435
On loan from: Phyllis Viner, Malvern, IA, in honor of her late husband, LeRoy Viner
Engine, etc.: 194 cu. in. in-line 6 cylinder overhead valve engine, 65 horsepower, 110 in. wheelbase, 2,830 pounds
The CA Series of Chevrolet models replaced the BA models of 1932. New styling for 1933 included a V-shaped radiator, slanting hood doors, “beavertail” back, fixed windshield, window sill lock buttons and no draft ventilation. A three-speed “Silent Syncro-Mesh” manual transmission made for smooth gear changes. A single-plate clutch, semi-floating axle, mechanical brakes and wire wheels were standard. A “Starterator” combined a starter switch with the gas pedal. For the first time, bumpers were standard.
Side mount spare tires were $15 extra.
The Master Eagles were joined at mid-year by the lower priced Mercury series, boosting sales to 600,000, double 1932’s total. Chevrolet made a model named Mercury before Ford got around to it.
The Mercury served low-budget buyers while the Eagle was the upscale series. Eagles had a 110″ wheelbase and the Mercury series had a 107″ wheelbase.
They kept all their cars in the old Ford building in downtown Malvern. The building was an assembly plant for Model T’s back in the early 1900s when the crates with unfinished cars were shipped in on trains, hauled to the building, assembled, and sold.