The 1927 Chevrolet Series AA Capitol was the car that helped Chevy unseat Ford atop the U.S. sales chart. The Series AA Capitol was a good car, but the real reason Chevy overtook Ford for the first time ever was that Ford had shut down its production lines as changed over from the Model T to the all-new Model A.

1927 Series AA Capitol
The Chevrolet Series AA coach was the best-selling car in America
in 1927. See more pictures of classic cars.

The change over helped Chevy sell more than 650,000 Capitol-series cars during 1927, a year in which the three-millionth Chevy rolled off the line. On the financial front, Chevrolet enjoyed another great year, earning more than $75 million in profit.

Chevy retired the Superior model line and replaced it with the Capitol. Eight body styles made up the new Capitol roster. Billed as "The Most Beautiful Chevrolet Ever," the Capitol series featured a new radiator shell, fully crowned fenders, and bullet-style headlights. All engines now had oil and air filters. In its essentials, though, the body was closely related to the 1926 Series V Superior and the 1925 Series K Superior.

Despite its name, the Capitol sport cabriolet was not a true convertible. Instead, it had a non-folding soft top on a solid frame, plus a back curtain that could be opened up to permit conversation between the driver and occupants of the rumble seat -- itself a new feature for Chevrolets.

The Landau sedan also flaunted a convertible look, with fully covered top and closed-in rear quarters. Landaus and cabriolets got a split folding windshield. At $695, a regular sedan cost $50 less than a Landau, and the equally priced coach was the most popular model sold in America.

1927 Chevrolet Series AA Capitol interior
The sofa-like rear seat in the 1927
Chevy Series AA Capitol had ample leg room.

1927 Chevrolet Series AA Capitol Facts

Model
Weight range (lbs.)
Price range (new)
Number built
Series AA
1,895-2,275
$525-$745
678,540

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