1919 Chevrolet 490 Touring
- Chevrolet’s first major success
- A wonderful, charming touring car
- Attractive color combination
That was clearly not a car with which to battle Henry Ford, so a crash program was begun for a smaller, less-expensive car. The result was the H-series Chevrolet of 1914, with a 170.9-cu. in. OHV four designed by Arthur Mason. This engine would remain in production through 1928. The H-series, which included the Royal Mail tourer and Amesbury Special roadster, was Chevrolet’s mainstay until the arrival of the low-price 490 in 1916, which remained in production through 1922.
The 490 offered here is presented in black with green trim, including the dashboard and wheels, and a black interior. It features wooden wheels, a rear-mounted spare, a black fabric top, and a dashboard with Chevrolet gauges and a Stewart Speedometer. For the enthusiast new to Brass Era automobiles, it would be a tempting choice, offering durable construction with the bonus of being something “different” than a Curved Dash Olds or Model T.