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  • It is one of only two cooper-cooled Chevrolets known to exist – only two escaped a factory recall.
  • Their air-cooled engines had copper fins on the cylinders to dissipate heat. 
  • All 759 vehicles were a failure and all were recalled by the factory and replaced with water-cooled engines. 

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Our language was dotted with colorful phrases, such as “23 Skiddoo,”  “Oh, You Kid,” and the “The Cat’s Pajamas,” as America “Charlestoned” into the rip-roaring decade known as the Roaring Twenties.   Women’s skirts got shorter, stock prices climbed higher, Chaplin and Keaton delighted everyone at the movies and the great Valentino made women swoon.  Chevrolet was also infected with momentary “madness” and introduced its ill-fated Copper-Cooled Chevrolet at the 1923 New York Automobile Show. 

The 1923 Copper-Cooled Chevrolet was the company’s first attempt at an air-cooled production automobile (the next would be the equally ill-fated, the rear-engine Corvair of the 1960s).  Copper fins were united to the engine’s iron cylinders to rapidly dissipate heat to the air.  Approximately 759 of the copper-cooled engines were produced.  They were a dismal failure and the factory recalled the automobiles, offering to replace them with a normal water-cooled car.  Virtually all were traded-in.  Only the example here and one other at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan, are known to have escaped the recall.

The car features a copper-colored Chevrolet “bow tie” emblem on the radiator front. The word “Copper” appears above and the word “Cooled” appears below the word “Chevrolet.” This is the only time any words other than Chevrolet have ever appeared within the emblem.

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