1928 Chevrolet AB National Roadster
Looking very similar to the 1927 Series AA Capitol, the wheelbase
of the Series AB was increased by four inches to 107 in. The
updated look was one of the first projects from GM's Art & Color
studio. It was the last Chevrolet to use a four-cylinder engine
until 1961 and the Chevrolet Chevy II / Nova. Roadsters and touring
sedans had the ability to fold the windshield forward on top of the
cowl for open air driving. The Series AB was powered by Chevrolet's
old 171ci four-cylinder engine, but with minor modifications to
produce 35hp. Four-wheel braking was also now provided. Fisher Body
provided eight different coachwork choices to include both open and
closed body styles. The top choice was listed as the Imperial
Landau listed at $715 ($10,776 in 2020 dollars).
For consignment a barn find condition 1928 Chevrolet AB National
Roadster. A complete car, minus the top and framing and having
various areas of primer touch ups, but with the seats and steering
wheel workable on the interior, however for the mechanicals they
will need some wrenching and TLC.
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Steel panels that do not have very much invasive rust on them, but
have years of aging outside with faded paint, some surface rusting,
and areas of primer touch ups for the panels adorn this all steel
body. Yellow is the color for the main body and the gaps need
attention, as do the gray primered fenders which are nicely curved
around the surface rusted steel disc wheels in solid form, but have
plenty of dents and dings to deal with. The front of the car has a
cowled hood and a once shiny radiator surround, that currently is
painted silver, dimpled, and very dulled. This is the same for the
headlights flanking either side of the radiator that are supported
on the outside by the front fenders, missing lenses, trim and
having all around dullness. The passenger compartment is a squared
off door that has the windscreen in front and the other door on the
side. There is currently no top or top framing with the vehicle. A
standard sloping truck lid is on the back and flows down to the
spare tire holder and split bumpers presenting with chrome, pitting
The door panels have been ravaged by time and seen a fair amount of
water damage and sun exposure. These are covered in a black vinyl
material which is torn, faded and dirty. A bench seat sits nicely
within the small cabin and has some wide tuck and roll black
leather which is very cracked and worn through in several areas,
particularly on the seat part which is showing through to the
springs and padding. The dash has some fading, primer touch ups and
cracks in the yellow paint. We note some surface rust appearing in
a few areas as well as rusted knobs and pulls. It has the standard
center oval speedometer and odometer flanked on either side by oval
gauges and knobs. The floors have a combination of wood and
original metal that is showing some surface rust on the metal and
wood rot in a few areas of the flooring. The trunk area while
dirty, is complete and appears invasive rust free, as a bonus some
extra parts are included within.
Under the unrestored cowled hood within the surface rusted engine
bay is a blue painted 171ci Inline 4-cylinder. It has a 1-barrel
carburetor and a 3-speed manual transmission on the back. The rear
axle has a 3.82 gear ratio.
A fairly heavy coating of surface rust abounds on all the underside
parts. Surprisingly enough there is no invasive rust here but as in
the interior, we note some of the wood flooring that is suffering
from rot. Leaf springs are on all 4 corners and mechanical drums
are on all 4 wheels.
So, we have a neat looking design car in search of an ambitious
restorer that can bring this car back from its years of neglect.
The basics are all here; one just needs to put a bit of sweat
equity to make it a showpiece. A diamond in the rough.
Classic Auto Mall is a 336,000-square foot classic and special
interest automobile showroom, featuring over 650 vehicles for sale
with showroom space for up to 1,000 vehicles. Also, a 400 vehicle
barn find collection is on display.
This vehicle is located in our showroom in Morgantown,
Pennsylvania, conveniently located just 1-hour west of Philadelphia
on the I-76 Pennsylvania Turnpike. The website is
www.classicautomall.com and our phone number is (888) 227-0914.
Please contact us anytime for more information or to come see the
vehicle in person.