1. 1916 Chevrolet Series 490 Touring

  2. 1916 Chevrolet Series 490 Touring

  3. 1916 Chevrolet Series 490 Touring

  4. 1916 Chevrolet Series 490 Touring

  5. 1916 Chevrolet Series 490 Touring

  6. 1916 Chevrolet Series 490 Touring

  7. 1916 Chevrolet Series 490 Touring

  8. 1916 Chevrolet Series 490 Touring

  9. 1916 Chevrolet Series 490 Touring

  10. 1916 Chevrolet Series 490 Touring

  11. 1916 Chevrolet Series 490 Touring

  12. 1916 Chevrolet Series 490 Touring

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  14. 1916 Chevrolet Series 490 Touring

  15. 1916 Chevrolet Series 490 Touring

  16. 1916 Chevrolet Series 490 Touring

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  19. 1916 Chevrolet Series 490 Touring

  20. 1916 Chevrolet Series 490 Touring

  21. 1916 Chevrolet Series 490 Touring

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Lot Number
25
From The Jimmie Taylor Collection
1916 Chevrolet Series 490 Touring
The Auburn Auction

Offered Without Reserve

CHASSIS NO: H48540
• From the inaugural year of Series 490 production
• Chevrolet’s well-equipped answer to Ford’s Model T
• Nicely restored, presented, and equipped
• Electric starting, ignition system and lighting

171 cid OHV inline four-cylinder engine, three-speed sliding gear manual transmission, solid front axle, ¾-floating rear axle, front and rear leaf springs, and external-contracting rear brakes; wheelbase: 102"


Founded by the legendary William “Billy” Durant, Chevrolet was envisaged as a builder of light cars “of French type” and affordable pricing. To make it happen, Durant engaged Louis Chevrolet, a top member of Durant’s successful racing team while he headed Buick. The choice of Chevrolet was natural, given his successful racing reputation and well-known aim to build a car of his own. It also helped that Chevrolet was born in Europe and well-acquainted in the car-manufacturing leadership on the Continent. The marque launched in late 1911 with the Louis Chevrolet-designed Type C Classic Six, which was unusually well-equipped for the era and foreshadowed great things to come.

Chevrolet models progressed through the Series L Light Six and the four-cylinder Series H in 1914 – the first Chevrolet to sell for less than $1,000. Its engine, a technically advanced overhead-valve four-cylinder, produced a remarkable 24 horsepower. Today, many historians attribute Chevrolet’s early success to this durable and rugged four-cylinder engine, which would soon power the “value priced” Series 490 models. Named in recognition of its entry-level price of just $490, the tightly focused Series 490 roadsters and touring models were Chevrolet’s low-cost competitors to Ford’s Model T. In addition to greater power, Chevrolet’s Series 490 models were also quite well-equipped with a folding top, a top cover, and an upright windshield. Other Series 490 advantages included electric starting and lighting, providing heightened ease of operation for men and women alike.

This particular 1916 Series 490 Three-door Touring is a nicely presented and engaging example of Chevrolet’s early success story from The Jimmie Taylor Collection. In addition to its mostly attractive paint finish and overall presentation, notwithstanding the presence of surface issues on the dash panel and paint cracks on the firewall, this 490 Touring is accompanied by 1916-17 West Virginia license plates and equipped with a folding canvas top, versatile split windshield, Chevrolet Moto-Meter, and proper and very good black button-tufted upholstery. A Connecticut Ignition system, electric starting, and six-volt electrics with electric headlamps underscore the value delivered by the 490. An auxiliary hand crank is included, as is a wonderful period-type heater. Instruments include an ammeter and a Stewart magnetic type speedometer/odometer with trip odometer. Precious few of these highly successful early Chevrolets survive intact today and with electric starting and lighting, they are ideal and affordable vintage cars to drive, show, and enjoy.

1916 Chevrolet Series 490 Touring
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