The Charlie Thomas Collection | Lot 154
1947 Chevrolet Fleetmaster 'Country Club' Coupe
$38,500 USD | Sold
| Grapevine, Texas
20 October 2012
90 hp, 216.5 cu. in. six-cylinder overhead valve engine, three-speed manual transmission, semi-elliptic leaf springs with shocks, and four-wheel drum brakes. Wheelbase: 116 in.
Select Chevrolet dealers briefly offered a unique accessory during the early post-war years; it was known as the Country Club package and it was produced by Engineered Enterprises of Detroit. The $149.50 kit wrapped most of the body in real wood from the front fenders to the back bumper, for a “woodie” appearance. Although this was initially intended for the Fleetline aerosedan, Fleetmaster town sedan, or the convertible coupe, the wood kits are equally attractive on hardtop coupes.
A full body-off restoration was performed on this coupe, after which it has always been garaged and well cared for. All body panels are refinished to a high standard, and the wood is of the highest quality. The upholstery has all been replaced with new-old-stock material, and the overall interior shows very light wear, needing little for exhibition. Similarly, the trunk area presents superbly with a spare tire and vintage Samsonite luggage. The engine compartment and chassis are restored to the same standard. This is a striking Chevrolet equipped with a rarely-seen and exceptionally elegant option package.