1939 Buick Monoposto RacerSOLD
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Estimate: €50,000-60,000

Sold: €61,050

In the 1920s Buick was well established as one of America's premier motor car manufacturers, regularly being placed second or third in the sales charts. The marque was also popular abroad, with models assembled as first British Bedfords and then Bedford-Buicks in Britain, and as Buick-McLaughlins by McLaughlin in Canada. The cars had a reputation for quality and performance and their image was further enhanced by the clever marketing move of adopting a Packhard style radiator grille, thus strengthening Buick's image within the lucrative middle-class market. Most models between 1925 and 1930 were powered by six cylinder engines but for 1931 chief designer 'Dutch' Bower produced a range of straight eight engines that were to remain a Buick hallmark right up until 1953; transmission was invariably a three speed automatic although a manual four speed gearbox was optional.

Built in 1998 this single seater racer is based on circa 1939 Buick mechanical components. Attention to detail is very high with the car constructed entirely from pre-war parts. The quality of its construction is reflected in the car winning the Best Australian Special award at the Winton historic races in May 2001. Under the aluminium body work sits a 4.2 litre in-line eight cylinder engine breathing through Stromberg carburettors with power fed through a three speed gearbox and chain drive to the rear wheels; 305mmx54mm brake drums all round reign in the performance. Handling is taken care of by semi-elliptic leaf springs with a live rear axle. Finishing the look of this special are Rudge Whitworth wire spoke wheels. With an all up weight, including fuel, of 1,060kg, this is a very light car that is sure to handle and perform exceptionally well. Safety features include a dry powder fire extinguisher, a six point race harness (a lap belt is also fitted) and an optional roll-over bar.

Resplendent in blue with a black interior the Buick is described by the vendor as being in very good condition throughout. It is supplied with a Historic Car Certificate of Description, which is the equivalent of European FIA papers, and a historic vehicle logbook. Imported to Germany in 2002, it has competed in various races at Oschersleben, Nurburgring and various hillclimb events.

Reference Number 11838

as of 7/28/2007

Car 1939 Buick Monoposto Racer
VIN 101