Restorer32

1929 Chev Landaulet

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When was the last time you saw on of these at a 50 car church parking lot show? Untouched original.

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Lived for many many years in the showroom of a local Chevy dealer. Current owner bought it at a public sale. He is NOT an AACA member.

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That is really impressive!  Sure looks like I attend the wrong church, ours has nothing but Honda’s and Toyota’s in the parking lot!

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2 hours ago, Restorer32 said:

'29 is one of 296 built.

Nice to see another one!  Got one in my barn.  Seems like a lot of those 296 built survived

Frank

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With a 3 digit PA antique plate it was probably registered as such in the early 1950s.

DSCF4863.thumb.JPG.a572d7477c2435ee8a4692749b31adb0.JPGA 1927 Buick mdl 24 Roadster originally from Lititz.

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If I recall from a long thread on the VCCA site 4 or 5 years ago, it has long since been debunked that less than 300 of these Landau Phaetons were built. While no one know precisely, I believe the current estimate is somewhere in the 6000-7000 range. So not as rare as those who own one would like!

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That's a tough one - preserve a great old survivor as is or make it a beautiful restoration?  In any case it's a unique body style - I never understood what audience it was aimed at.  The laundau top smacks of a chauffeured limo, town car, etc but Chev wasn't a high-end car like most of those.  OTOH, a 1/2 convertible-1/2 sedan doesn't seem like a practical family car, although I suppose the kids and dogs would've loved that backseat.

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For comparison's sake, here's a '29 Landau Phaeton spied at a West Coast auction in 2004 bought, I believe, by the Peterson Museum.

 

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Beautiful cars, in any condition!

 

TG

 

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4 hours ago, Restorer32 said:

Built for the carriage trade that fell on hard times.

 

 

They didn't fall on hard times until late October, 1929 - dunno exactly when 29 Chev production ended but I'd think it at least would have been winding down by then.

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I was just at Lebaron Bonney and they mentioned that the landau phaeton roof was the most difficult roofs they’ve made.

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Think I've seen that car before.  As I recall it was part of a big collection that included as lot of neat Corvettes.  Saw the collection while on an AACA tour a few years ago.  Good to see it out and running if that's the same car.   Terry

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Back in 2016 saw what I think was a '29 Chev Landaulet at Victor Harbor, South Australia undergoing restoration.

 

Also a pair of "garden art" Rudge Whitworth Wire Wheels for sale.

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The owner, a young fellow, asked our opinion and we suggested he should never restore it but maintain it like it is and enter it in HPOF but I think his intent is to sell it.

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If I recall from a long thread on the VCCA site 4 or 5 years ago, it has long since been debunked that less than 300 of these Landau Phaetons were built. While no one know precisely, I believe the current estimate is somewhere in the 6000-7000 range. So not as rare as those who own one would like!

 

true- I have seen so many of these over the years. a few also at Hershey.

 

brings to mind the 32 ford- more of them today then Henry ever built.

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The current estimate by those doing the research is 15,000 +. I think they have accounted for at least a 100 or so survivors. The theory is the 294/300 number came from just the Flint plant and a shorter than actual production period. Cars from almost all plants have been found.

 

Dave

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Chevrolet car sales were strong for the new six and remained so for Chevrolet until late in 1931. I think the researchers also though that Chevrolet sent one to each dealer for a traffic builder which would help the number.

 

Dave

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True-Chevy outsold Ford in 31. Was a very good year for chevy!

 

Why Ford needed that v-8 quick...............

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37 minutes ago, mercer09 said:

True-Chevy outsold Ford in 31. Was a very good year for chevy!

 

Why Ford needed that v-8 quick...............

 Chevy styling was a year ahead of Ford's in '29.  Chevy outsold Ford each year in the '30's except '35. 

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 "Chevy outsold Ford each year in the '30's except '35". Not according to Wikipedia, whose automobile production for the 10 year period 1930-1939 indicates Ford outsold Chevrolet in 1930, 1934, 1935, 1936, and 1937, 5 years of the 10. Totals for the 10 year period are shown as 6,456,209 for Ford and 5,935,694 for Chevrolet. Now if GM was the subject of the math, adding Pontiac, Buick, Olds, etc. then no doubt GM would come out on top. but the sentence did say "Chevy outsold Ford". As for why Chevrolet outsold Ford in '31, 32, not much to do with styling (Chevy Independence and Ford Model A looked pretty much alike) big difference was Chevy had brought out the stovebolt 6 in 1929, and by 1931 it was quickly catching on as a more reliable engine, more horsepower, overhead valves etc. The arrival of the Ford V8 in '32 took a couple of years to catch on with the buying public and by '34 Ford moved ahead in sales.

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