The 1932 Chevrolet Series BA Confederate, sometimes called a "Baby Cadillac," was one of the handsomest Chevrolets ever built.

1932 Chevrolet Series BA Confederate
Styling of the 1932 Chevrolet Series BA Confederate
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Chrome-plated, bullet-shaped headlamps flanked a radiator shell that unabashedly imitated that of the Cadillac. The exterior visor was eliminated, and the windshield of the 1932 Chevrolet Series BA Confederate was given a jaunty tilt. In the hood, louvers were replaced by doors, which were chrome-plated on DeLuxe models.

Downdraft carburetion, a higher compression ratio, and a hotter camshaft raised horsepower to 60, a 20-percent increase. A synchro-mesh transmission was supplied, and "Free Wheeling" was standard.

Free-Wheeling, which permitted the car to coast when the driver's foot was lifted from the accelerator, was touted as an economy measure. But it fell from favor when the public began to appreciate its dangers, primarily the lack of engine braking on downhill runs.

The frame of the 1932 Chevrolet Series BA Confederate was given an additional cross member, and wheels were reduced in size to 18 inches. Prices were cut again, with the Coach now selling for just $495.

Production plummeted, however, as the Great Depression hit bottom. Still, Chevy retained its No. 1 position in sales, even in the face of V-8 competition from Ford. Chevrolet, in fact, was the only General Motors division to return a profit for the year.

1932 Chevrolet Series BA Confederate Facts

Model
Weight range (lbs.)
Price range (new)
Number built
Series BA
2,410-2,850
$445-$640
313,395 (approx.)

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