This is the 1932 Chevrolet Confederate Roadster. In early December, I had the pleasure of seeing this beautiful car parked in a local park. The result is a classic car combined with the art of modern photography.
Built as the deluxe luxury model of the Confederate BA line in 1932, Chevrolet created only 8,552 of these fine cars. A”Stovebolt Six” 194 cu. in. inline six-cylinder engine produced 455 hp thanks in part to an upgraded carburetor. The top speed was a blazing 70 mph. A special transmission featured easier shifting and a free wheeling mode rounded out the specs of the car.
The gas saving mode allowed the wheels to continue to spin when the driver released the fuel petal. The unfortunate side effect of this economic idea was a lack of engine braking.
It also supported 4 wheel brakes, a rumble seat, and a set of “Town and Country” styled horns to let people know you where there. One of the more fashionable signature features of this car was the use of louver doors and not vents on the side of the hood.
Oh, and one more fascinating historical trivia fact was that there are no turn signals. They hadn’t been introduced for use on cars yet. However, a parking light and brake lights were available for purchase .
As for the photograph itself, I decided that such a classic car needed representation in the art world the same way it was in the 1930’s. I wanted a classic film look that was both black and white and approximated the tonal qualities of a 400 Kodak film popular in the 1930’s.
The burnt edges of the picture are also something that occurred in many examples of film from cameras readily available to the public. Whether these markings were intentional or the result of unfortunate film developing I couldn’t say. In the end, I wanted the look to closely mirror what your grandfather or great-grandfather saw when they looked at their photo books.