Cheaper Forgotten Survivor: 1932 Chevy 2 Door

A couple of days ago Brian wrote up a 1930 Chevy survivor that had a BIN of $16,500. Here’s another old Chevy listed on craigslist for $8,500 that might be a better deal. The seller has spent $4k on the project. He says it is very complete and original and the wood is “unbelievably” good. The wood body frame is what often determines if a car might be worth restoring. 

The floors look solid but there’s no pictures of the upholstery and the door panels look like plywood.

The engine looks complete (except for radiator hoses) and has good compression. The seller has not tried to start it.

This old Chevy looks really nice from this end. Which looks better then? The untouched 1930 for $16,500 or this one for $8,500 that has had some work done and $4,000 already spent on restoration? The first one is untouched and completely original, so perhaps some might want to begin their restoration there. Hopefully the engine isn’t frozen. The interior of the 1932 Chevy is unknown, but perhaps a phone call would provide some promising information. Which would you choose?


  1. Dairymen

    At least this one is priced at a reasonable amount. But the lack of interior makes me wonder.

    • dj

      Interior kit in original Mohair will run $3500. That’s probably why.

  2. Ed P

    The seller said, “has everything”. Assuming that may include an interior, I think this is a good project car and the price is reasonable. I like that the seller took the time to clean up the car and take some nice pictures. Some more pics would have been nice.

  3. Gear Head Engineer

    I love it. Would be a fun car to drive somewhat regularly. I would leave the paint as is, get the mechanicals up to snuff, and completely redo the interior. I’d skip the mohair or whatever came originally – I know it’s not correct but I just don’t like that stuff.

    Did Chevy have hydraulic brakes in ’32, or would this have mechanical units?

    – John

  4. James

    Like most American cars, the 1932 model year was a fine year for design. Way nicer than the 1930 body styles. Everything just flows. The 1930, not so much. So a 1932 at half the cost of a clunkier looking 1930 model is a no-brainer.

    • Dj

      Yeah those 1930 cars are really clunky looking and have no class. Of course I do own one of them

      • Mark S

        Nice car Dj really like the colours on it too.

      • dj

        Thanks Mark, that’s my grandpa in the picture who bought the car new. I restored it back to original colors. It only has 26k miles on it.

  5. James

    It’s just like the 1930 model A vs the 1932 Ford Model. Tons of Model A admirers, but the 1932 Ford will bring five to ten times the value of the of the Model A in comparable condition or body style. That doesn’t mean that Model A owners don’t like their cars. It just means that more people really like the 1932, just like the 32 Chevy. Besides, you got to love those side hood doors on the 32 Chevy not shown with this listing.

  6. rando

    So, if it has “good compression”, that would indicate it is not frozen. And why would a seller NOT try to start but run a compression check? Makes NO sense. Wait. The listing says “haven’t started it”. So they have tried sounds like. Good compression is promising. These old sixes aren’t that complicated. Hope someone gets it going.

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