The car that will be at our Show has some impressive pedigree and was purchased in the US from the Hershey Estate [as in world famous Hershey Chocolates, Pennsylvania].
|New this year: 1916 Chevrolet Baby Grand|
|The first model to ever feature the |
famous Chevrolet blue 'bow-tie' logo
Accessories: In 1915 Chevrolet offered a single accessory package on the Baby Grand. It consisted of two very significant upgrades - electric headlights and an electric starter. In 1915, that additional optional package was approximately 10% of the price of the car. By 1916 it was added to the cars as standard equipment.
Why is it called a Baby Grand? Because it was the first car that Chevrolet ever sold for UNDER a thousand dollars. $975 to be exact. The following year it was $750!
|A Baby Grand manufacturer's plate|
mounted on the dashboard
The Baby Grand was one of the first automobiles made by Chevrolet under W.C. Durant, GM's founder. It was part of his idea to build a car to compete with the very popular and cheap Model T Ford.
When it first came out, it was priced at $875 as a four door, 5-passenger touring car (a 1914 Model T Ford tourer was $500). A speedometer was standard. One advantage over a Model T Ford was that a Baby Grand could get have an electric starter (the Model T Ford did not get them until 1919).
|Set to appear in Cronulla:|
1916 Chevrolet Baby Grand