The 1918 Chevrolet Series FA and 490 were counted on for big sales, due to listless acceptance of the costly V-8-powered Series D. Maybe Chevy thought some new names would help.

1918 Chevrolet Series 490
This restored 1918 Chevrolet Series 490 wears grille script from an
earlier Chevy. See more pictures of Chevrolet Series cars.


The FA series was the new name for the former Series H, while the Royal Mail was renamed the Roadster and the Baby Grand was now called the Touring.

Lengthening the stroke of the H's four-cylinder engine by 11/4 inches enlarged its displacement to 224 cubic inches and boosted horsepower to 37 for the FA. A centrifugal water pump replaced the old thermo-syphon cooling system. And the gearbox was repositioned against the clutch to form a unit with the engine. Wheelbase remained at 108 inches.

Closed bodies were gaining favor, and Chevrolet prepared to follow that trend. A new two-door sedan cost $1,475 ($540 more than the touring car). Its right-hand door was center-mounted to facilitate access to the rear seat. The backrest on the right front seat could swing over, so its occupant might face either forward or backward.

Because the United States was now a full participant in the Great War, automobile output was reduced. Nevertheless, about 81,000 U.S.-built Chevrolets were produced during 1918, as the company finally became part of the General Motors group on May 2. That was good enough for a third-place finish, ahead of Buick but behind Ford and Willys-Overland.

The Chevrolet lineup also expanded to include trucks: a beefier variant of the 490 series, as well as a one-ton that was called, strangely, the Model T.

1918 Chevrolet Series FA
Open-bodied cars like the Chevrolet Series 490
were popular due to lower cost.

1918 Chevrolet Series FA and 490 Facts
Model
Weight range (lbs.)
Price range (new)
Number built
Series 490
1,890-2,160
$660-$1,060
95,660
Series FA
2,640-2,950
$935-$1,475
not available

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