Cohort Pic(k) of the Day: 1947 Chevrolet Fleetline Country Club “Woodie” Coupe

Update: thanks to a comment by Bill McCoskey, it turns out this wood kit was supplied by Chevrolet as an option on 1948 Chevrolets. Full details at the end of the post:

No, it’s not original, but we can pretend, eh? My friend Paul B. shot this presumably near the water in San Francisco, given the fog. I have a major soft spot for GM fastbacks of the era, and this Chevy Fleetline is a very tasty example. I think I’d do without the wood applique, but it does add a bit of contrast to the black paint, and it is rather period-correct, unlike some others that I’ve seen.

A bit of zooming in suggests that the wood “framing” is the real thing, and the the larger panels inside it are probably a faux paint finish on the original body. Looks quite well done.

By Bill McCoskey:   From what I remember, this wood trim was a dealer-applied [but Chevrolet made & sold] kit for the coupes and convertibles, 1948 only, but fits 1947 cars. It was created in response to the Ford Sportsman, and was known as the “Country Club”. I remember B-J selling one about 5 years ago. In the 1980s I was approached about restoring one that had been found here in Maryland, in an old barn. He didn’t like my estimate, so we didn’t do the restoration.

Here is what Wikipedia has to say on the subject:

1948 Chevrolet Country Club Wood trim accessory which was offered by Select Chevrolet dealers during 1948, by 1949 the option had gone away. Three Models were produced the Aero Sedan, the Convertible and the Sport Coupe models the frames are made of Ash and the interior is Mahogany.