1935 Chevrolet Standard and Master DeLuxe

The 1935 Chevrolet Standard and Master DeLuxe were branded in ads as "The Most Finely Balanced Low-Priced Car Ever Built." Perhaps so, but Chevrolet fell behind Ford in the sales race for the first time since 1930, in part because of labor strife.

Drop-top roadsters and phaetons were available for the last time, and only in the smaller (107-inch wheelbase) Standard series. Those who could afford new cars during these Depression years leaned toward closed bodies.

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1935 Chevrolet Master DeLuxe
The 1935 Chevrolet Master DeLuxe got rear-hinged doors
and an all-steel body. See more pictures of classic cars.

Cabriolets, basically a convertible with roll-up windows, also departed from dealerships for 1935, but they would reappear in 1936, offering a bit more weather protection than a roadster, which had snap-in side curtains.

The 1935 Chevrolet Master DeLuxe now rode a 113-inch wheelbase (distance between front and rear axles). That was one inch longer than the 1934 Master. The 1935 Master also adopted "suicide" (rear-hinged) doors. Standard models kept their hinges at the front.

Standard models retained fabric inserts in their roof. The Master DeLuxe series, however, adopted new all-steel "Turret-Top" construction. They also got a two-piece vee'd windshield. Standard models kept single-pane front glass. On both, radiator caps moved beneath the hood.

Knee Action, GM's recently introduced independent front suspension, had come standard on the 1934 Masters. For 1935, Chevy made Master DeLuxe models with and without Knee Action. Those with it cost $20 more.

With their slightly longer wheelbases and new Turret-Top bodies, the Master DeLuxe models looked a little bulbous for 1935. Partly for that reason, Standard models picked up some sales, accounting for nearly 37 percent of the 1935 Chevys sold that year.

1935 Chevrolet Standard sedan
Doors on the 1935 Chevrolet Standard
series remained hinged at the front.

1935 Chevrolet Standard and Master DeLuxe Facts

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Master DeLuxe

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