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1914 Chevrolet Series H

The 1914 Chevrolet Series H was one of two new models that William C. Durant added to his company's lineup following the success of the 1911-1913 Chevrolet Classic Six.

1914 Chevrolet Series H Royal Mail roadster
The Royal Mail roadster was the entry-level 1914 Chevrolet
Series H. See more pictures of Chevrolet Series cars.

Series L, the first to use the now-familiar "bow tie" emblem, replaced the smaller but similar-looking Little Six, on a six-inch longer wheelbase. With a 271-cubic-inch six-cylinder L-head engine, the Light Six cost $1,475 complete with electric starter and lights.

Series H used an overhead-valve four-cylinder engine designed by Arthur Mason, destined to last through 1928. Operating with splash lubrication, the 171-cubic-inch four yielded 24 horsepower. A transmission was mounted amidships, to the rear of a cone clutch -- which was prone to grabbing -- and ahead of a torque tube running to the rear axle.

Semi-elliptic front and three-quarter elliptic rear springs did suspension duty. Wood wheels could have either a 56-inch or 60-inch track, the latter called "Southern tread" because wagon tracks were the same width. Wire wheels were available from outside suppliers.

Among the most memorable Series H models was the Royal Mail roadster, which was set on a 104-inch wheelbase and priced at $750, including a magneto and hand crank. An Auto-Lite electric starter and lights added $125. Rakish in shape, the Royal Mail attracted car buffs, courtesy of a body that resembled the Stutz. Strangely, Louis Chevrolet left the company that bore his name and returned to racing.

1914 Chevrolet Series H Baby Grand touring
The Baby Grand touring model of the Series H
offered seating for five.

1914 Chevrolet Series H Facts
Model
Weight range (lbs.)
Price range (new)
Number built
1914 Series H
1,975-2,500
$750-$875
4,515 (approx.)

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