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Front Fender Identification

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I picked these up for a project and have been given conflicting information on make/model/year. Anyone have any insight?

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Most late 20s fenders are more like a 'splash panel'. As fenders evolved the side skirting increased, hiding the frame rails and spare tire wells (32-33). The 'pocket' like coverage of the fender increased and amount of coverage in front of the tire increased (34-35) until the fender reached the bumper.

These fenders are unique with dual spare tire wells and stamped raised reveals on the rounded pocketed front edge where pin stripes typically come to a point. In addition to these unique attributes, the fenders are somewhat of a conflict in history. When fenders have this much side skirting they typically do not have a spare tire well (let alone dual wells). And when you have rounded bulbed front edge the fender typically comes down farther toward the bumper.

The mounting hole on top the fender is for a light. Inside the fender there is a hard conduit with a single electrical wire. Mounting holes on the inboard hump of the fender seem consistent with a headlight bar making the top light a marker light.

I've studied thousands of pictures, the closest I have found is a 1931 Nash Ambassador.

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The way the front fender crest meets the bead makes them really look like 1932 LaSalle fenders that a custom body house may have altered by adding skirts. I see the holes for fender lights, headlamp stanchions and horns on yours, too.

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Nice work! I agree LaSalle. But they don't look modified at all. They look original stamped/pressed. I wonder if there was a body option on one of the models. (couldn't be very many of them if I can't find any pictures)

I was able to find these models 303, 328, 340, 345A, & 345B. 345C introduced in 1933 is much different with the full fender skirting.

This is a 1929 328 and the headlight stanchion holes are different. So that leaves 340, 345A, & 345B (those were 1930-1932)

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Doesn't look modified...

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No, they don't look altered. A good custom body shop in those days maybe would have made them that way and not pieced them together.

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They really do look like LaSalle fenders (updated to look more like the 1933 trend), but they would be older than 1932. The curvature of the sweep comes down too much for 1932 (more concave than convex), and the way they "cup" more radically in the front. Where the fender meets the running board, because of the convex shape, is much different for 1932. I'd say they are 1930-31.

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In these pictures look at where along the frame rail mounting edge the head light stanchions sit. Compare the ’33 to the ’31. The ’33 is farther aft along the frame rail or it appears so because the front edge sweeps forward down to the frame rail. Now also look at where the headlight stanchion support bar braces against the fender. On the ’33 it is near the top and close to the turn signal. The ’31 has the stanchion/fender brace much lower on the fender.

1933 345C

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1931 345A

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Now what about 1932 345B. The ’32 widened and flattened the front edge of the fender as shown below. The round bulbous-like of mine matches models back to 1930

1932 345B

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I cannot explain the skirt. In 1931 there were 10,103 sold of 12 different style variations. Maybe one variation (that I can’t find a picture of) had this fender. Maybe LaSalle was experimenting with a fender skirt? A prototype? Could even be a 1930 model. Maybe a custom shop made a one-off set of fenders. Unless I find a matching picture or a 100 year old that remembers I may never have an answer.

The 12 Styles of the 345A in 1931

Fisher 134" wheelbase

Style No. Doors Body Type Seating Price Weight

31652 4 Town Sedan 5 $2345 4565 lb

31658 2 Coupe 2/4 $2195 4470 lb

31659 4 Sedan 5 $2295 4650 lb

31662 4 Sedan 7 $2475 4750 lb

31663 4 Imperial Sedan 7 $2595 4825 lb

31668 2 Convertible Coupe 2/4 $2295 4440 lb

31672 2 Coupe 5 $2295 4490 lb

Fleetwood 134" wheelbase

Style No. Doors Body Type Seating Price Weight

4602 2 Roadster 2/4 $2245 4345 lb

4657 4 Transformable 7 $2345 4440 lb

4680 4 All-weather Phaeton 5 $3245 4675 lb

n/a 4 Sedanette 5 $3245 4650 lb

n/a 4 Sedanette Cabriolet 5 $3245 4675 lb

The 16 Styles of the 340 in 1930

Fisher 134" wheelbase

Style No. Doors Body Type Seating Price Weight

30252 4 Town Sedan 5 $2590 4705 lb

30258 2 Coupe 2/4 $2490 4510 lb

30259 4 Sedan 5 $2565 4690 lb

30262 4 Sedan 7 $2775 4790 lb

30263 4 Imperial 7 $2925 4865 lb

30268 2 Convertible Coupe 2/4 $2590 4480 lb

30272 2 Coupe 5 $2590 4530 lb

Fleetwood 134" wheelbase

Style No. Doors Body Type Seating Price Weight

4002 2 Roadster 2/4 $2450 4385 lb

4057 4 Transformable 7 $2525 4480 lb

4060 4 Phaeton 4 $2385 4425 lb

4080 4 All-weather Phaeton 5 $3995 4715 lb

4081 4 Sedanette Cabriolet 5 $3725 4645 lb

4082 4 Sedanette 5 $3825 4645 lb

4151 4 Stat. Transformable Town Cabriolet $---- ---- lb

3351-C - Transformable Cabriolet $---- ---- lb

3364 - Brougham $---- ---- lb

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