Prewar Original: 1934 Chrysler CA Sedan


Prewar automobiles in solid original condition are always a treat. This 1934 Chrysler CA Sedan is very solid and original with a lot of potential. Last driven a few years ago before storage, we hold hope that the engine is still a runner. With a little over a day until the auctions end, this Chrysler has reached $3,550. Find it here on ebay out of Kokomo, Indiana.


Little is known about the inline 6 flat head engine, other than it ran many years ago when stored.  The engine looks original and not in too bad of shape from the exterior. There is a glass fuel bowl that feeds the carb that has some dark but still fluid like gasoline in it. There is also either a newer gas tank, or a blasted gas tank in the back of this sedan. We hope, and somewhat guess, that this Chrysler could be a runner again.


Inside of this prewar Chrysler is a very reasonable interior. Much of the factory upholstery is present, and the floors are solid. The dash looks nice as well, though some of the gauges have jumped from their housings. One very cool feature about this Chrysler is the “Tropic Aire” heater under the dash. The interior could use a some sorting to be maintained as is. The exterior of this Chrysler is very solid, the fenders and running boards are excellent. There is no visible rust on the exterior aside from a small area on the rear passenger side fender, and on the front apron, and the lower parts of the front fenders. It would appear that most of the factory paint has survived. The grill and bumpers have a fair amount of rust on them, but would likely clean up better than they appear presently. The headlights have been removed and reside in the trunk. The headlight housings look to be in good shape, but it appears they may be missing some vital components. The only other missing items of notoriety are, a missing radiator cap, wiper blades, and a hub cap. Aside from those few items this Chrysler appears to be complete.


With potential to be a runner again, this solid Chrysler sedan would make a great preservation effort for someone who isn’t quite ready to take on a restoration. A little patience and elbow grease would make this Chrysler shine and look great in its original condition. What would you do with this 1934 Chrysler CA sedan?


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  1. Van

    You guys will think I’m crazy, but I’d say install a grand Cherokee 6 from 2000 – 2004. Add front disc brakes and clean and polish the rest. Talk about a fun driver. Put the original parts in a crate and enjoy.

    • jaygryph

      That’s not going to be a popular opinion on here, but I second it. There are many modifications that can be made to look period correct with some creative camouflage. There is a lot of room under the floors of these cars that you could hide the electrics and other parts of the engine bay stuff to make for a simple looking disguised engine package. 9 out of 10 car guys would have a hard time placing what was different about the engine if you did a good job at it, and being able to drive (and importantly being able to stop) would allow you to put more miles on the car than would the stock setup.

      • Jon

        That makes a lot of sense….

      • Larry K

        I’d usually disagree but, this car looks so cool I’d want to drive it all the time.

  2. steve mccutcheon

    Other than really badd a$$ there is nothing special about this car in so far as being rare. Im thinking full tube frame, modern suspension, modern hemi, or hellcat with tons of leather inside, and minimal body mods……oh, and

  3. Mark S Member

    These flat head six cylinder engines were very tough and reliable as were the three speed transmissions. Chrysler put them in just about everything they made in varying sizes all the way up to 1959 in the car and into the early 70’s in the power wagon. Parts are still available for them as well, they were a stroker design so even though they weren’t rated as have very high horsepower they did have lots of torque. I can see upgrading the brakes and doing a simpathetic restoration, I would not replace that engine and driveline. So I’m giving you all a thumbs down on your jeep motor idea.

  4. grant

    I won’t give anyone a thumbs down for the Jeep motor idea, this isn’t a hundred years old and it would make it a nice driver. I would prefer it stock but if I went that route I think I’d go ahead and make a nice mild custom out of it. This is really cool.

  5. Rustytech Member

    I love all the pre war classics. If I had the money and the space I’d have all of them listed here today. I am a firm believer in original restoration on any of the upper end classics i.e. Cadillac Lincoln Chrysler Packard etc. It’s a shame interest in them is waning. They need to be saved. Grant I agree No Jeep drive train!

  6. chad

    I like the later ’30s thru very early ’50s so don’t C a need to mod. Lots start w/minimal cost/difficulty. Run it as is while restoring. No need to go concourse correct (model/co.) but this 1 is close enuff to enjoy & get several thous mi/yr.

  7. P noesen

    Flat head six parts are available from Clark forklift…i was told. Restore her and drive her. Take my 1933 Chrysler to shows..unrestored…and turns many of heads and inquiries.

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