Lot 406: Chevrolet Series K Superior Coupe
The 1926 Chevrolet line was a landmark for General Motors. It set the stage for 1927 when Chevrolet finally took over from Ford as the biggest selling nameplate. The Chevrolet was more sophisticated in both engineering and styling than Ford's Model T and forced Ford to introduce a new car in 1928. The subject 1926 Superior coupe is maroon with black fenders and roof with a gray tweed interior. It has disc wheels and a winged temperature gauge on top of the radiator and carries a 1926 California license plate. The car carries some unusual decoration in the form of metal accent strips that are filigreed and appear on every body panel. This type of work is sometimes seen on funeral coaches of the period. That leads to claims running far back into the ownership chain that actress Jean Harlow once owned the car. This seems unlikely since Ms. Harlow was born in 1911 and would have been 15 when the car was new. There could be the possibility that Harlow bought the car used, and as her career escalated, she had the unique decoration applied. No previous owner, nor the consignor, has any documentation however, to support the claim.
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