karasmer

1933 Chrysler CO 6 info. needed.

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Say I was looking at a 33 parts car today but noticed it had wood wheels and the front fenders were non-welled? were these options back then? my car has welled fenders and wire rims.

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I am pretty sure the wire wheels and sidemounts were options.

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Typically cars came with wooden wheels and a single spare at the back like the car in the picture. Wire wheels were used on some cars, sometimes standard other times optional. Wire wheels usually came on more sporty, upmarket cars. Although they became more common in the early 30s as wooden wheels were phased out.

 

Side mounts were an option, either single or double. If you have wire wheels and twin side mounts the original owner must have been quite a sport, those were expensive options.

 

Is that your other car in the background? The advantage of the side mount spare is it allowed for a trunk at the back. Twin side mounts meant you had 2 spares in case you got 2 flats on the same trip. This combination of options would appeal to someone who made a lot of long trips .

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Everything regarding cost of options/accessories back in the day is relative. The 1931 Chevrolet Coach base model was listed at $545, and cost another $15 with bumpers (usually installed by dealer). The Deluxe Chevrolet Coach was $560, only $15 extra. It came with twin sidemounts (one extra wheel), welled fenders with added support brackets, sidemount chromed hardware/clamps, cowl lights, different reflectors in headlights (no need for 2 bulbs), all factory installed. So the buyer got a fair amount for the extra $15, including the ability to add a rear rack/trunk.  Of course $15 (less than 3% of purchase price) was a lot of money for many buyers back then, depression era, at wages of $0.20 an hour, it represented 2 weeks work. As I said, everything is relative. 

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