1933 Chevy Eagle
Harvey Fowler bought this car from the Davis-Child Motor Company of Emporia. For the grand sum of $565 (plus $15 extra for side-mounted spare tires) Fowler got a new five-passenger sedan, popularly priced for the economy of the early years of the Great Depression. Over 162,000 Eagles were produced by Chevrolet that year. Comparable cars made by Ford and Plymouth saw production numbers of 50,000 and 88,000, respectively.
The Eagle has a 6-cylinder, 26.33 horsepower engine, with a three-speed transmission. It has just over 63,450 original miles on it, and much of the car is original. The black paint on the body has been touched up only slightly over the years. Two sets of seat covers made by Mrs. Fowler cover the original fabric, which shows normal wear and some insect damage.
The Fowlers lived in Emporia, Kansas. When Harvey Fowler died in 1947, his wife kept the Eagle, which passed to their son David in 1967. David lived in Admire with his family before moving to Topeka. The Eagle last ran under its own power in 1975. Mr. and Mrs. David Fowler donated the car to the Kansas Museum of History where it is on display in the main gallery.
Entry: 1933 Chevy Eagle
Author: Kansas Historical Society
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Date Created: April 2003
Date Modified: December 2014
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