The Series 490 received its named after the price of the two base models and was first introduced in 1916. It would remain in production until 1923, when a new Chevrolet naming scheme was introduced. By 1923, the cost of the base model had increased to $510, with the top-of-the-line Series 490 four-door Sedan selling for $875.
There were two bodystyles available on the Series 490 in 1916, a roadster and a touring car. Both bodystyles were both void of a left front door. It was a simple, utilitarian vehicle offered at an affordable price and powered by a four-cylinder engine. The engine displaced 171 cubic-inches and produced a modest 24 horsepower.
The windshield was vertical and lacked side splash guards. Included in the purchase price was a top, a top hoop, and a windshield. Options included electric lighting and starting system which boosted the price to $550. If this option was selected, they were fitted with a Connecticut automatic ignition system rather than a magneto. Other options included a front bumper, spare tire, Moto-meter, Southern gauge, and an outside rearview mirror.
Sales were rather impressive, with around 18,000 examples of the Series 490 sold during 1916. Total Chevrolet production was 62,898.
By Daniel Vaughan | May 2008
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