1912 Buick Model 34SOLD
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Estimate: $200,000-$250,000 US

Offered Without Reserve

AUCTION RESULTS: Lot was Sold at a price of $330,000

48hp, 318 cu. in., four-cylinder engine, three-speed manual transmission, live axle front suspension with elliptical rear leaf springs and two rear-wheel mechanical drum brakes. Wheelbase: 116"

Buick was one of the most honored names in industry. With a long string of racing victories, AAA records, technical innovations and an impressive list of customers, it had come a long way since the first horseless carriages produced by David Dunbar Buick. So strong had the name become in its early days that it was considered the corner stone of the mighty General Motors empire. For 1912, Buick presented six series that covered most of the market starting at $900 up to the impressive Model 43 Touring car which had a factory delivered price of $1,725 when new.

New innovations such as a dual-control console for the shifting lever and emergency brake combined near the driver’s right hand made piloting this vehicle a bit more swift and sure. Also, look closely at the bodywork of this impressive car and you will note that it really only has three doors, with a simulated right front door opening. During this time, there was still controversy in the industry regarding left or right hand drive, with Buick choosing the latter for several more years.

Prior to coming to the McMullen Collection, this car had toured and taken part in vintage car events from the late 1940s and most of the 1950s before it was placed into storage for over 40 years. Acquired during the 1990s, it was given a full concours quality restoration. Even though this car comes from the Brass Era, it has been fitted with the finest in nickel plating ornamentation, from the massive radiator to the gas operated headlamps plus carriage and rear lights receiving their energy from the Prest-O-Lite canister mounted on the running board.

Presented in mirror-like black paint accented with red pin striping, one can only imagine the grandeur of a day spent riding up to the country club for a round of golf or down to the lake for an afternoon of boating. Beautiful diamond-pleated black leather seats cradle the occupants and on particularly pleasant days or evenings, the black top can be folded back for open air motoring at its finest. Attention to detail and authenticity was executed in the workmanship employed in this car’s re-birth, with even the wooden steering wheel looking as though it was installed straight from the workbench of the artisan who created it.

Under the hood, the attention to detail is quite amazing with polished brass fittings, proper routing of fuel and coolant lines, the original Schleber carburetor, plus outstanding finish on the wooden firewall. Riding on massive 36" x 4.00" tires, this car seems to tower over the competition. Just as ready as this Buick was to tackle any road of the day, it is prepared to take on the best of judges, and having only been shown once, where it was awarded First in Class, it is sure to be a welcomed entrant at many more events. Outstanding in every respect this handsome Buick is one of the finest of its kind in existence.

Reference Number 8649

as of 4/17/2007

Car 1912 Buick Model 34
VIN 1136 
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