"When William Durant, having been pushed out of General Motors, decided to re-enter the automobile business, it was to engineer and racing driver Louis Chevrolet that he turned to. As an interim measure, he brought out a light car called the Little, but Durant had in mind a more substantial automobile. Louis Chevrolet, meanwhile, envisioned an even larger car than Durant wanted and so when the first Chevrolet car, the Classic Six, debuted in 1912, it weighed nearly 4,000 pounds and sold for $2,250. That was clearly not a car with which to battle Henry Ford, so a crash program was begun for a smaller, less-expensive car. The result was the H-series Chevrolet of 1914, with a 170.9-cubic inch OHV four designed by Arthur Mason. This engine would remain in production through 1928. The H-series, which included the Royal Mail tourer and Amesbury Special roadster, was Chevrolet’s mainstay until the arrival of the low-price 490 in 1916, which remained in production through 1922.
This Chevrolet Light 490 is built as a New York Police vehicle and is livered as such. To be expected, she is finished in black and is more of a show vehicle. Presenting in good cosmetic condition and sitting proudly on artillery wheels, this 1922 Chevrolet is offered for sale without reserve.