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Artifact no.
1995.0942.001
Model
Chevrolet/490
Manufacturer
Chevrolet Motor Co.
Manufacturer Location
Oshawa, Ontario, Canada
Manufactured Date
Circa 1916
Context Function
Owner driven passenger vehicle for general transportation.
Context Technical
An early example of a well known North American product- the Chevrolet. It is a good example of a low priced automobile designed to compete with the rising popularity of the ford model "T". A total of 7,796 chevs. were built in Canada in 1916, and their success enabled GMC to compete with ford for control over North American automobile market (ref.1). 490 model name refers to the sellling price.
Context Canada
An example of a 1916 Chevrolet 490, the first model of Chevrolets produced in Canada by the predecessor of General Motors of Canada in Oshawa, Ont. In 1915, McLaughlins formed Chevrolet Motor Car Company of Canada and the first model was a 490. This vehicle conforms to all standards of a 1916 model 490 Chevrolet and while not certain, there is a strong possibility this vehicle was made in Oshawa, Ont. (ref.1)
Description
METAL BODY; METAL, WOOD & SYNTHETIC COMPONENT PARTS. RUBBER TIRES ON WOODEN RIMS. CANVAS ROOF HAS LEATHER TRIM, METAL ATTACHMENT POINTS & SUPPORTING FRAME & CELLULOID (?) WINDOW PANEL
Number of Parts
1
Artifact Finish
BLACK PAINTED EXTERIOR; FINE RED & WHITE PINSTRIPING ALONG TOP EDGE OF DOORS & ON VENT OPENINGS OF FOLDING HOOD. BLACK UPHOLSTERY, INSIDE DOOR PANELS & DASHBOARD.
Artifact Markings
CAST IN RAISED PRINT ON TOP OF ENGINE BLOCK: '407-4/ 62721'; ON BLOCK SIDE: 'HSP1'; '6921/ 45834'/ MECHANICAL COMPONENT BELOW ENGINE BLOCK BEARS FOLLOWING INFO. CAST IN RAISED PRINT: 'ZENITH/ DETROIT- U.S.A./ U.S. PAT./DEC. 29, 08.' DASHBOARD FITTED WITH ODOMETER, MARKED 'Stewart/ MAGNETIC TYPE/ PATENTED/ MADE IN U.S.A./ SEASON MILES/ TRIP/ MILES PERHOUR'. 'H144' CAST [UPSIDE DOWN] ON PLATE BACKING STEERING COLUMN. PLATE ON IGNITION PANEL READS 'CONNECTICUT/ TEL & ELECTRIC-CO.INC./ MERIDEN, CONN. U.S.A./ IGNITION'/ BATTERY GAUGE FACE READS: 'AUTO-LITE SYSTEM/ TOLEDO, OHIO/ AMPERES/ [15-0-15 SCALE]/ DISCHARGE CHARGE/ THE W.G. NAGEL ELECTRIC CO.- TOLEDO, OHIO". TO RIGHT OF BATTERY GAUGE IS GAUGE MARKED: "0-25-50/ OIL/ PRESSURE". ONTARIO MOTOR LEAGUE & ANTIQUE AUTOMOBILE CLUB OF AMERICA DECALS APPLIED TO FRONT WINDSHIELD.
Artifact Missing
VEHICLE IDENTIFICATION PLATE/ THIS VEHICLE HAS BEEN 'RESTORED', THEREFORE IMITATION LEATHER (VINYL) UPHOLSTERY AND EXTERIOR PAINT ARE NOT ORIGINAL
Group 1
Motorized Ground Transportation
Category 1
Automotive vehicles
Material
metal->;wood->;synthetic->vinyl;synthetic->celluloid;fibre->canvas;resin->rubber
Length
375.0 cm
Width
173.0 cm