1910 Buick Model 19 Five-Passenger TouringSOLD
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Estimate: $60,000-$90,000 US

Sold: $83,600

28.9hp, 255 cu. in. four-cylinder overhead valve engine, with the cylinder block cast in pairs, three-speed selective gear transmission, solid front and rear axles with semi-elliptic leaf springs, two-wheel hydraulic brakes. Wheelbase: 105"

Buick was not only the carrot that drew Billy Durant into the automobile industry; it was the very foundation upon which he built General Motors in 1908. By 1910, the Buick product line was greatly expanded with the introduction of the Models 7 and 41, as well as the Model 19 touring car, a slightly longer development of the old Model D. With a 105-inch wheelbase, the Model 19 featured unique bodywork that heightened the car’s pleasing overall proportions.

The very fine example offered here was purchased by its current owner in 1994 and extensively shown and toured ever since. In 1998, following approximately 2,500 miles and a broken crankcase, Sanders Antique Automobile Restorations of Rockford, Illinois, was chosen to carefully restore the Buick over a five-year period. Using accurate patterns, a new crankcase was produced and mated to the machined and rebuilt engine and a new top was fitted. Upon completion of the restoration, the Buick embarked on a show career between 2003 and 2005, winning the Lion Award at Meadow Brook, a Blue Ribbon at Bay Harbor and the Best Pre War Buick award at the Willistead Classic, in addition to three appearances at Greenfield Village.

Between 2005 and 2006, the Buick was toured over 2,200 miles, and shown at the Cranbrook Concours d’Elegance. Numerous improvements during this period included the fabrication and installation of new axles with new front wheel bearings and new kingpins, the installation of a hydraulic braking system, and the addition of a new tonneau cover. In 2007, the Buick suffered a broken crankshaft, which was expertly replaced by a new, counter-balanced design by Moldex Crankshaft of Dearborn, Michigan. The engine was completely rebuilt with new pistons, the valves were reground, and a new clutch was fitted as well. Thereafter, the car was toured for approximately 150 more miles, including the carriage of the current owner’s daughter to her wedding.

The current owner advises that the Buick remains a quality, well-maintained Brass Era car, which has received expert restorative and mechanical attention during his ownership. This fine early Buick touring car is a great example of Buick’s legendary quality and solid engineering, as well as the early years of General Motors.

Reference Number 38588

as of 2/10/2009

Car 1910 Buick Model 19 Five-Passenger Touring