1931 Buick Model 94 RoadsterSOLD

RM Auctions - Vintage Motor Cars at Meadow Brook Hall, August 3-4, 2007

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Estimate: $160,000-$200,000 US

Offered Without Reserve

AUCTION RESULTS: Lot was Sold at a price of $148,500

104bhp, 344.8 cu. in. overhead valve inline eight-cylinder engine, three-speed synchromesh sliding gear manual transmission, semi-elliptic leaf spring front and rear suspensions with a semi-floating rear axle, four-wheel mechanical brakes. Wheelbase: 132"

It is impossible to overstate the importance of Buick in the early history of the American automobile industry. Buick is a keystone in the biographies of some of the most influential individuals within the American automobile industry: Ben Briscoe, Jonathan Maxwell, William Crapo Durant, Walter Marr, Charles Nash, Walter P. Chrysler, Bob Burman, Louis Chevrolet, Richard “ Trainload ” Collins, Alfred P. Sloan, Chuck Chayne and Harlow Curtice. All these and more learned or perfected the automobile business at Buick in Flint, Michigan.

David Dunbar Buick ’ s contribution was little more than to start this history. His legacy is in the world ’ s bathrooms, where the vitreous enamel coating process for cast iron bathtubs and sinks that he perfected still survives. The Buick in the world ’ s garages owes its legacy to the other engineers, designers and captains of industry who followed him. Boiled down to its essentials, David Dunbar Buick ’ s genius was to seize upon the valve-in-head engine design of Walter Marr and Eugene Richard.

The production genius of Nash and Chrysler made Buick a champion of superior performance at an affordable price, which helped keep General Motors afloat throughout its turbulent history under Durant, Wall Street bankers and Sloan ’ s duPont backed leadership.

Through the first three decades of the twentieth century, it was Buick alone that championed the inherently superior and better performing overhead valve engine in popularly priced automobiles. However, 1931 saw a shift for the Buick Company. Buick decided to scrap their old six-cylinder engine as the engineers felt that it had reached its limits in size, smoothness, and efficiency. In its place Buick employed an all-new straight eight to power its cars. The cachet of adopting a new Buick engine throughout its line was thought to be good for the marketplace. However, with a price tag of over $1,300 in 1931, this was an amount of money that a lot of people simply did not have.

On the other hand, the Model 94 Roadster, Buick ’ s top of the line car in 1931, escaped Buick ’ s general middle- class appeal and began to tread into the territory of Cadillac, as it had everything the luxury car buyer could want.

The 1931 Buick Model 94 Roadster presented here, coming from the private collection of Marvin Tamaroff, displays a quality of restoration that meets the most discriminating standards. Having been a southern car, it was in outstanding, rust free condition with only 38,792 original miles registered on the odometer before Mr. Tamaroff commissioned its restoration, which included painting the exterior black and the underside of the fenders red. These colors match the 1931 Michigan license plate that comes attached to the Buick. Following this color scheme, the interior was reupholstered in red leather and has red carpeting. Likewise, the detachable trunk fitted to the rear of the car was done in black leather, and it, like the cases contained within, is lined in red. Very well equipped, the Model 94 Roadster has twin driving lights, dual-cowl lights, frosted wind-wings, dual side mounted spares with covers and mirrors, a rumble seat and two-rod mounted side windows which may be installed should the car get caught out in the rain.

Simply outstanding, the Buick Roadster had no problem earning its CCCA Senior badge number 1437S and its next owner will surely find earning a Premier award equally effortless.

Reference Number 9163

as of 5/5/2007

Car 1931 Buick Model 94 Roadster
VIN 27196802584845 
Exterior / Interior Color      Black /      Dark Red 
Configuration Left Hand Drive (LHD) 
Transmission Manual Shift 
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