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Master Or Eagle: 1933 Chevrolet Sedan

The seller describes this Chevy listed on eBay as an “Eagle Master” and says it is rare. Such a creature would be very rare because the Eagle and Master are 2 different models. When Master replaced the Eagle model midyear, several changes were made to the Eagle, like making the chrome divider between the wing window and the roll up window fixed. This one is a Master because the divider if fixed. On the Eagle, it rolls down with the window. This project appears very close to completion and appears to just need an interior. It has fresh paint, new chrome and tires and more. The seller is asking $9,000.

There are only detail pictures of the interior and none of the dash. Here’s a picture of his gloves. The floor appears solid. The interior is completely stripped, but the original seats are included in the sale.

Here’s the 65 HP 206 CID engine. It looks like it’s had at least fresh paint, although the distributor and starter could use some cleaning. Perhaps the engine was rebuilt or perhaps that’s overspray on the distributor and starter. It does run and the engine and the 3 speed transmission are numbers matching.

This Chevy certainly looks nice from every angle.The integral trunk was something new for Chevy. Even at the $9,000 asking price the seller will not recover his restoration costs and the buyer could quickly be upside down if he spends very much on the interior. High retail is only about $16,000. They are certainly not rare and most casual observers can’t tell this Chevy from a Model A Ford. It would be a really nice old driver, though. One has to wonder why the seller gave up so close to finishing it. This Chevy would need a very close inspection of the restoration before considering a purchase.


  1. geomechs geomechs Member

    Nice car for sure. It’s really too bad that someone decides to part with it so close to the finish line.

    Back in the 60’s there were a few of these in various stages of disassembly around the region. I actually saw more of these (and Plymouths) than Fords. Maybe the Fords were being snapped up by hot rodders back then? Most of the Chevies were down because of a loose connecting rod or a hole in the side of the block, both of which were commonplace in the winter. I often wonder why Chevy stayed with the splash lube conrods for so many years? Overall failures must have been low….

  2. Howard A Member

    Wonderful car. I believe this would be considered a “cosmetic” restoration of an already solid car.. Nice on the outside. And it isn’t rocket science here, with the cost of everything today, I’d bet they just plumb ran out of money. So finish the outside, rattle can the motor, put your gloves over the big hole, and off she goes.

  3. dj

    It’s a good buy. I’ve got $25k in my 1930 Sport Coupe. And I did all the work. He probably ran out of money. To do the interior in the correct Mohair will run $4-5k for the parts.

  4. grant

    Gotta love the overspray on the HOSES. Seriously how hard is it to mask stuff off?

  5. Rex Rice

    When I was 16, I traded a ’25 Model T Ford touring for a ’33 Chev fordor and $65 cash. No dents, no rust, this was a real car with 4 wheel brakes, clutch and a three speed trans. It had duel side mounts and even though the tires looked good, I had many flats, fixing them on the side of the road using two screwdrivers, a patch kit and a tire pump. Within weeks, I had all 6 rods rattling. The engine smoked so badly that I had all the windows down when I drove. This one soon went to the junk yard, the first of many.

  6. Ed Williams

    The ’33 Chevy’s and the 33 Pontiacs shared the same bodies so at first glance I thought it WAS a PONTIAC! Our family had a ‘ 33 Pontiac 601 four door sedan with a straight 8 engine.
    While there ARE ’33 Pontiacs around in collectors hands, on the other hand they seem to be quite rare. One never sees any up for sale very often. Where are they now?

  7. leiniedude leiniedude Member

    Boy! No takers at 9K. Hard for me to believe on this one, as dj states his costs were 25K.

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