1940 Buick Roadmaster SedanSOLD
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Estimate: $25,000-$35,000 US

Offered Without Reserve

AUCTION RESULTS: Lot was Sold at a price of $36,300

Specifications: Model 71, 141hp, 320 cu. in. overhead valve inline eight-cylinder engine, column mounted three-speed sliding gear transmission, coil spring front and rear suspension with a semi-floating rear axle, hydraulic four-wheel brakes. Wheelbase: 126"

The 1940 model year at Buick was to be one of the most interesting the company would ever know. It would mark the first time since 1926 that Buick registration passed the 233,000 mark. New models were introduced, including the Estate Wagon and the all-new Super line. Other things were phased out, such as out of date accessories like the side-mounted spare and the running board. Buick advertising hit its highest peak yet. Everywhere you looked around Flint, something new and exciting was being offered or tried at Buick.

Buick ĺ s sales had grown steadily by offering a quality car to the buyer who was a little more conservative than the Cadillac buyer. As a result, the cars had a very loyal following among doctors, lawyers, and other professionals who wanted to be seen driving a quality car, but didn ĺ t want to look ostentatious.

More than just being attractive, Buicks were also well engineered. With their famous Dynaflash valve in head straight eight engines, and a novel all coil spring suspension, they were quieter, smoother, and more sophisticated than most cars. For 1940, Buick chief Harlow Curtice called for a twenty percent increase in sales, and with the strongest product line the company had ever offered, the dealers delivered. Buick was now in fourth place, after the big three automobile manufacturers.

The 1940 Buick Roadmaster Sedan presented here in black with a gray and white pinstriped interior was the recipient of a full body-off-the-frame restoration performed to show quality standards in 1988. As part of the restoration, the car received a considerable amount of mechanical attention and has since been kept in great mechanical condition. Included in the sale of the Roadmaster are all the original manuals as well as a spare tire, lug wrench and complete jack assembly. In 1988 the Buick earned its AACA National badge, which was followed three years later with an AACA Senior National win.

Although no longer in show quality condition, the Roadmaster Sedan would make an excellent candidate for any number of touring events where its powerful Dynaflash straight-eight and closed body would be most certainly appreciated on a brisk morning or during the occasional downpour.

Reference Number 11100

as of 7/11/2007

Car 1940 Buick Roadmaster Sedan
VIN 12751447 
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