The 1930 Chevrolet Series AD Universal required a second look to distinguish it from the 1929 Chevrolet, but a number of improvements were nonetheless evident.

1930 Chevrolet Series AD Universal Sport Coupe
The 1930 Chevrolet Series AD Sport Coupe was available only
with a rumble seat. See more pictures of Chevrolet Series cars.

The windshield was slanted just enough to significantly reduce glare. It still boasted Chevy's economical-to-buy six-cylinder engine, but now with a stronger bottom end thanks to more generous crankshaft bearings and web dimensions. Bigger intake valves and smaller exhaust valves, along with a new manifold, raised horsepower from 46 to 50.

The suspension was improved with the addition of Lovejoy hydraulic shock absorbers. Brakes were revised to provide internal expanding shoes all around. Wheels were smaller, tires fatter, and the rear axle was beefed up. The fuel gauge was moved from the tank to the dash panel.

These modifications were evolutionary, but they resulted in a much improved automobile. And Chevy, locked in a sales struggle with Ford, was able to cut prices by about five percent. At midyear, wire wheels, previously supplied only with Sports models, became a no-cost option throughout the line. Bumpers, however, still cost extra.

Production was down throughout the industry as the Depression tightened its grip. But the sales gap between Chevrolet and Ford was closing. And on August 7, 1930, the two-millionth Stovebolt-Six Chevy left the assembly line.

1930 Chevrolet Series AD Universal Sport Roadster
Bumpers were an option on the 1930 Chevy.
This is the Series AD Sport Roadster.

1930 Chevrolet Series AD International Facts

Model
Weight range (lbs.)
Price range (new)
Number built
Series AD
2,195-2,625
$495-$685
640,980

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