1936 Chevrolet Standard and Master

The 1936 Chevrolet Standard and Master DeLuxe enabled Chevy to reclaim first place from Ford during 1936. Sales were up nearly 70 percent over the 1935 Chevys.

Unlike in 1935, the 1936 Chevrolet Standard and Master DeLuxe now used the same 79-horsepower six-cylinder engine; that meant an increase of five horsepower for the Standard, and a decrease of one for the DeLuxe.

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1936 Chevrolet Master DeLuxe Town Sedan
Chevy reclaimed No. 1 in sales in 1936. This is a 1936
Chevrolet Master DeLuxe. See more pictures of classic cars.

Just as significant, both Chevy models now also featured the seamless steel Turret-Top body and two-piece vee'd windshield.

Standard models were more than 100 pounds heavier than in 1935, and their wheelbase was stretched to 109 inches, a two-inch increase. The senior series, now called Master DeLuxe, stayed with a 113-inch wheelbase and was billed as "the aristocrat of its field."

Styling was essentially an attractive facelift of the 1935 Master series, with front doors hinged at the leading edge on all models. The cabriolet returned to the line after a one-year absence, this time as a member of the Standard line.

The built-in trunks, featured by the Town Sedans and Sport Sedans, proved highly popular.

Chevrolet's other big news for 1936 was its adoption of hydraulic brakes for both series. Standard models had a new box-girder frame, which was both stronger and lighter than the X-type that was retained for this one final year by the Master series.

Seventeen-inch steel wheels were standard throughout both lines. Knee-Action front suspension was a popular $20 option and was exclusive to the Master models.

1936 Chevrolet Master DeLuxe Town Sedan
Buyers loved an enclosed trunk, as seen here on a
1936 Chevrolet Master DeLuxe.

1936 Chevrolet Standard and Master Facts

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Master DeLuxe

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