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Chevrolet Standard Six

Chevrolet Standard Six
Manufacturer Chevrolet Division
of General Motors
Also called Chevrolet Mercury (1933 only)
Production 1933 (Mercury)
1934–1936 (Standard)
Body and chassis
Body style 2-door coupe
2-door rumble seat coupe
4-door coach
Layout FR layout
Related Chevrolet Master
Engine 181 cu in (3.0 L) I6
206.8 cu in (3.4 L) I6
Transmission 3-speed manual[1]
Wheelbase 107.0 in (2,718 mm)
109.0 in (2,769 mm)(1936)[2]
Predecessor Chevrolet Series BA Confederate
Successor Chevrolet Master

The Chevrolet Standard Six (Series DC) was launched in 1933, initially as the Chevrolet Mercury, as a lower priced alternative to the 1932 Chevrolet Series BA Confederate that became the Eagle in 1933[3] and Master from 1934.[4] It was advertised as the cheapest six-cylinder enclosed car on the market.[5]

The Standard was offered in three body styles all on a 107 inch wheelbase: coach, coupe and coupe with rumble seat. All bodies were by Fisher and featured 'no-draft ventilation'. All models were powered by a 181 cu in (2,970 cc) six-cylinder valve-in-head engine producing 60 bhp (45 kW; 61 PS) at 3,000 rpm and 125 lb·ft (169 N·m) of torque[6] giving the car a top speed of between 65–70 mph. This engine had first appeared in a Chevrolet in 1928. The car had full instrumentation.[7] A clock, heater and a radio were options.[1]

In 1935, a larger 206.8 cu in (3,389 cc) six-cylinder engine was offered in lieu of the 181 cu in (2,970 cc), producing 74 bhp (55 kW; 75 PS) at 3,200 rpm and 150 lb·ft (203 N·m) of torque.

For 1936, the Standard Six received a wide range of improvements and a wider choice of body styles including cabriolet and sports sedan versions. It was built on a new box-girder frame with a wheel base of 109 inches.[8] With an increase of compression ratio from 5.6:1 to 6:1, the standard 206.8 cu in (3,389 cc) engine now produced 79 bhp (59 kW; 80 PS) at 3,200 rpm and 156 lb·ft (212 N·m) of torque which was now shared with the Master Six.[9] The spare wheel moved from its external rear trunk location to a new compartment under the trunk. Brakes were 11-in drums.[2] The steel roof was new.[10]

The Standard Six was discontinued for 1937 when the Master range was joined by the new Master Deluxe.[11]


  1. ^ a b Kimes, Beverly (1996). standard catalog of American Cars 1805-1942. Krause publications.  
  2. ^ a b "Directory Index: Chevrolet/1936_Chevrolet/1936_Chevrolet_Brochure". Retrieved 2011-11-20. 
  3. ^ "1933 Chevrolet Eagle and Mercury". How Stuff Works. Retrieved 3 January 2013. 
  4. ^ "GM Heritage Center 1933 information sheet" (PDF). Retrieved 2011-11-20. 
  5. ^ The Tuscaloosa News - Mar 12, 1933 pg11
  6. ^ "GM Heritage Center 1935 information sheet" (PDF). Retrieved 2011-11-20. 
  7. ^ "1934 Chevy Owner's Manual". Retrieved 2011-11-20. 
  8. ^ "GM Heritage Center 1936 information sheet" (PDF). Retrieved 2011-11-20. 
  9. ^ by the Auto Editors of Consumer Guide. "How Stuff Works". Retrieved 2011-11-25. 
  10. ^ "Directory Index: Chevrolet/1936_Chevrolet/1936_Chevrolet_Brochure". Retrieved 2012-05-31. 
  11. ^ by the Auto Editors of Consumer Guide (2007-09-19). "How Stuff Works". Retrieved 2011-11-20. 
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