1917 Chevrolet Series 490 news, pictures, specifications, and information
Roadster
Chassis Num: 71316
This 1917 Chevrolet Series 490 began life as a Touring Car. In the early 1920s, its owner - Clarence B. Ramser of St. Joseph, Missouri, converted it into its presented 'Speedster' race car configuration. It was raced on local dirt tracks in the Missouri and Kansas area, until it was sold in the 1930s. The car was disassembled and stored in a barn near Belleville, Kansas where it would remain until it was discovered by Keenan Elliott in 2005. The current owner acquired it in 2007.
The Chevrolet Series 490 was produced from 1915 to 1922. When it was introduced in 1915, it sold for the mere sum of $490. It was an immediate success and a suitable competitor to Ford's Model T. Powering the 490 was an overhead valve 171 cubic-inch four-cylinder engine. This would be Chevrolet's main engine until the 'Stovebolt' straight six replaced it for 1929.
By Daniel Vaughan | Oct 2011
 
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