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1932 Chevy: Saved From The Chrusher

1932 Chevrolet Business Coupe

It makes me wince every time I think about the cars that have met their demise at the hands of a crusher. Being smashed into a cube to be transported to a recycling center is a sad way to go, so anytime I hear about a classic saved from the crusher it brings a smile to my face. Don’t get me wrong, recycling cars isn’t always a bad thing, but when it has special history or is becoming rarer but the minute it needs to be saved for future generations. This 1932 Chevy Business Coupe isn’t extremely rare, but it appears to have been used as a stock car at some point in its life. The seller, who listed it here on eBay after saving it from certain destruction, didn’t provide much information about it. I would assume they spotted it on its way to the crusher and deemed it worth saving, so it’s unlikely that they know much about its history. It is sadly in bad shape and will need extensive work. I just wish I knew more about its history, like who raced it and what years it ran. I’m sure if it could talk it would tell some interesting stories! So do you think this one was worth saving or should have they let it get crushed?


  1. 1977ChevyTruck

    Who wants to bet it ends up as hot rod?

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  2. panama joe

    I want it!

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  3. randy

    It looks like it is sitting in wet cement! I may be biased, I just poured a bunch of cement today.
    Would make a fine race car! Good save.

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    • Meetoo

      There has to be a really interesting story about how it came to be sitting there. The photo does not show a tourist shop nearby. The only other explanations I can come up with are someone has a really good sense of humor, or it was some sort of modern art project. I favor the former explanation for it.

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  4. Rick

    looks like it was raced as a modified at one time. I would love to have to restore back to it’s racing glory.

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  5. geomechs geomechs Member

    These are what you make hot rods out of. Glad to hear that this one got spared from the crusher. Hope it gets another chance to get a taste of glory.

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  6. Rick

    They can be saved!

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    • jim s

      great car. any detail/history on the car and where it raced? thanks for sharing.

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      • Rick

        The car originally ran, looking nothing like this, in the Conn/NY area, driven by a driver named Hoppy Jensen. As I restored it I replicated a car I had watched race in the eastern Ohio/western PA area, driven by Jack Steffen of East Liverpool, OH. Both cars (and this one) ran 270 GMC engines, although I haven’t the budget to install a 12-port head on the engine as I’m told the original 777 featured.

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      • pursang

        The car is in Alpine, NJ which is on the northern border of NJ.

        There is a dirt track in Flemington, NJ, about an hour south that is still active, maybe someone there would recognize this one.

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    • jim s

      thanks for the informaton. i spend part of my youth watching dirt track racing and cars like yours run.

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    • joel ewing

      WOW…..look at that! I’m 61 and remember very clearly the hot summer Friday nights at the Boone County (Nebraska) racetrack at the Fairgrounds…..where ALL the cars going around that track looked like that. This would have been in the late 1960’s thru (for me anyhow) early 1970’s.
      You’ve done a magnificent job of bringing that back to it’s former glory! Well done.

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  7. jim s

    leaving it sit along a road is not helping. i too hope it gets save as a race car. great find.

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  8. roger

    That car is in great shape.
    I would love to have it media blasted and build it into street rod.
    It is a shame that good cars have been getting crushed.
    There is a 1960 studebaker in great condition in scrapyard in wilmington N.C
    Man is trying to sell parts off it before it goes since it is such a nice car.
    I am sure it will be crushed soon anyway.
    What a waste!

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  9. Ralph

    I took some photos of it, as it sat along the road near Equinunk, PA, across from the Lookout Store. I stopped, but the present owner was not around. I’m not sure if the car is around now or sold. When I took the photo of the car that I just posted (probably in the early 1980’s), it was owned by the late Ben Lowe of Damascus, PA. Ben had a small garage and salvage yard. At the time of the photo, the car had not been raced in years. Lowe was the owner and didn’t want to part with it. He had different drivers. It raced at the Wayne County Fairgrounds (quarter mile dirt track on the infield of the horse half mile cinder track – the stock car track doesn’t exist now) in Honesdale, PA, and at Penn-Can Speedway in Susquehanna, PA in the 1960’s. The car won a feature race at Penn-Can. I believe I have a newspaper clipping of that victory, but I need to check on that. The car was driven by Boyd Tyler and (I believe) Pat Patterson. There could have been others. It disappeared for decades and then there it was along Route 191 one day, 15 miles or so from the location of my early photo.

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    • john pierson

      I lived in Damascus and knew Ben. He had an incredible collection of older cars and trucks, but he never seemed to want to part with the older classics. Unfortunately, due to space and cash requirements, he had a traveling “crusher” come through once or twice a year so a lot of vehicles with potential were lost. I thought I knew all the “Tylers” and “Prices” in that area, but “Boyd” escapes my memory. Tom Griffith used to run a nice “Hill Climb” on his property in Tyler Hill not far from Ben.

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  10. RoughDiamond

    While there is probably a logical explanation, it just seems puzzling that the number “145” is on the side and the number “69” is on the rear? I hope someone buys it to spare it once again from becoming scrap metal.

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