This morning a rare 1940’s Greavette Sedan went on the block, one of over 100 lots listed with the Clars Auction Gallery near Oakland, Calfornia. The Greavette, which was part of a bankruptcy auction in Castro Valley, California sold for $16,000.00 plus a 21% Buyers Premium (Hammer Fee).
Fellow Woody Boater James (Perlita Too – James) brought this auction to our attention yesterday, so we didn’t have much time to do any significant research on the boat. From the limited information we could gather, the boat appears to be based on either a late Pre-War or early Post-War 24′ Greavette Sheerliner design, from Greavette Boatworks which was based in the popular Muskoka Region of Ontario, Canada. It’s safe to say that there are only a few examples of this Sheerliner Sedan in existence today.
Our friend Paul Brackley from Brackley Boats, a restoration company in Muskoka, Canada, describes the rare Greavette this way…
Paul said – The Greavette Sheerliners are a very striking boat. Tremendous flare in the bow swooping back to plenty of tumblehome at the transom. The hull sides have a constant curvature, never pausing, always changing. The deck has plenty of camber with an accelerated curve on the covering boards.
I’m 95% sure it is a 24, which is important. I haven’t seen a 22’ with this layout, or an “S” layout (around the engine box), only the 24’s. It is definitely an earlier version. The auction says 1940 and it could very well be. The later versions had upholstered lining and wild chrome trim on the sides. This one has the great Greavette vents on the deck and engine hatches. I’ve always liked the Sheerliner over the Streamliner.
All the hardware is there including the bow “whiskers” and great nose light and wooden side lights. You can count on it needing a bottom. I can’t see any discolouration in the sides or at the stem, which is good. There is a back bench seat and a bench seat in front of the engine as well.
Paul Brackley, Brackley Boats.
In an attempt to confirm that the sedan top was correct for the auction boat, we did manage to find a shot of an earlier Greavette Streamliner which has a simlar style sedan top with the metal grab rails extending back from the top. Cool stuff…
1940’s Greavette auction photos courtesy of Clars Auction Gallery, Oakland, California.
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