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  1. If we finally look at the rear window (3d window) of your car, it looks almost exactly like the window on a 1939 Chevrolet Special Deluxe 2 door coach. In other words, it looks as though your car may have been made up using components from three different 1939 Chevrolet models to end up with a vehicle that looks like an Imperial but really isn't one. I will keep on looking for more information. Bill
  2. If we then look at the middle window/rear passenger door of your car, it is the same length as a Chevrolet Imperial.
  3. Hejsan Mats: I still have not yet found a complete answer to your car's history but I do have some possible ideas about it's construction. Looking at your car, going from the front of the car to the rear, we see the following. Your car has what looks like a front door from an ordinary 1939 Chevrolet Special Deluxe 4 door sedan. A "short" door.
  4. Hejsan Mats: First, I apologize for a wrong identification of your Chevrolet. It seems it is not an Imperial and it is also not a GM General Taxi at least in it's original form. What you seem to have is a very unique coach built Chevrolet that is probably very rare. One of the reasons for my not making a proper identification is that my primary computer is badly infected with a virus for the last 10 days or so. Web pages will not load at all, they load very slowly (2-3 minutes to load), they sometimes do not completely load and they often just disappear while I am looking at something. A bad excuse I know. The Computer repair company that I use is fully booked until sometime next week so I just try to do what I can when a web page loads correctly. I am very interested in your Chevrolet and I will make it a separate research project. In the meantime, I can give you some possible contact names that you can contact in Sweden easier than I can. Nilsson Karroseriefabrik in Uppsala made many limousines, hire cars, taxis and so forth in the 1930's and they may have some information on your car. Gustaf Nordberg's Wagnfabrik in Stockholm did the same and also supplied a number of cars over many years to the Swedish Royal Family. I do not know if they are still in business but you can find out. Freys Hyrverk in Stockholm has been providing limousines and other for hire cars for over 80 years. In the 1980's, I met the Managing Director at their offices for a visit. He was extremely helpful and they had a lot of photos of their cars over the years. He also belonged to several Swedish clubs that were involved in the automotive history of Sweden. I doubt if he is still there today, but I am sure someone could help you. I would say in any case, that there is a very good chance that your car recieved a new/modified body in Sweden. It is on a long chassis but the doors are the normal size and it is the rear passenger windows that are much longer than the Imperial and the GM General Taxi. I have never seen such a car and after 4 hours of Google time I still have not found another. I do have several complete years of bound issues of Svensk MotorTidning from the 1930's and early 1940's in a box in my cellar and I will try to get down there today to go through them to see if I can find something. I will return to the topic later. Bill
  5. Hejsan Kopperhead. Your vehicle should be a 1939 Chevrolet Imperial. There are some earlier discussions on this car earlier in this thread that would be helpful for you to read. I can add here that the Imperial was only sold on export markets and I have photos of the vehicles in several European countries. In the US, there was a very similar vehicle made as a Taxi, called the GMC General Taxi Cab. It was sold in that form only in the US. Regarding your specific car, I have read in a book I have "Alla Våra Taxibilar" by Gert Ekström, that in 1939 there were 8 Imperials sold to a taxi firm in Karlskrona. I wonder if your car may be amongst those? As well in the same book is a photo of a 1938 GMC badged taxi that looks like a 1937 Chevrolet Imperial and I am still trying to find out any information about that one. These vehicles were made in quite small numbers, and your VIN TC 107 may indicate the 107th taxi cab chassis. I hope that helps a little bit. Bill
  6. Hi Larry: A very nice selection of cars you own, I am impressed. None that I owned in my time, but here is a photo of an Oldsmobile Fastback that I owned in 1958 for about 3 months that is close to the Australian Sloper concept. Bill
  7. Hi Larry: Pat is telling me it is time for dinner and then feed the fish, but here is a quick and dirty article on the "sloper" concept. Bill http://www.handpub.com.au/Sloper-Page.php
  8. Another Dodge, this one a 1937 with a Richards body. Sorry it is a restored example, but............ Bill
  9. OK, first a 1937 Willys Ute with Richards body. Then, a 1936 Willys with Holden body. An International 1940 Ute with Producer Gas Unit. And a "stock' Inter 1940 Ute. Apologies for the first two which are "modern" photos but they were the best I could find. Bill
  10. Hi Dave: Thanks for your response and your thoughts. I have linked below, a short history of the development of the "Ute" in Australia and will only add that my impression of Australia in the 1930's and 1940's was that it was a huge country rather like the US and it's energies were mainly devoted to farming/ranching/herding which ties in with the link and what it tells us. As to International Utes, I suppose that they had to have one to compete in the Australian market for the above reasons and those stated in the link. There is not much out there in terms of written history on International Harvester Australia Pty. that I have found yet but I assume the chassis/cowl without windscreen were imported from International Harvester Canada. At least the UK got their RHD vehicles from Canada. I cannot prove it in concrete terms yet, but I believe the most of the standard bodies for IH in Australia, including the Ute, were built by T.J. Richards in Adelaide. Richards was later taken over by Chrysler. The other major body builder that did Utes in addition to Ford was Holden, which was taken over by General Motors. Both firms did bodies on several different makers chassis. I will post some photos of such vehicles in my next post. Bill http://www.fastlane.com.au/Features/First_ute.htm
  11. Hi Graham: Thanks very much for joining in. I have always had a fondness for Australian pre-war vehicles, in particular the Ute and Sloper variants. Here, a photo of a 1937 Oldsmobile Sloper. Bill
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