1932 Buick Model 96 C ConvertibleSOLD

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

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Estimate: $150,000-$175,000 US

Offered Without Reserve

AUCTION RESULTS: Lot was Sold at a price of $209,000

113bhp, 344.8 cu. in. overhead valve inline eight-cylinder engine, three-speed sliding gear synchromesh transmission with free-wheeling Wizard Control, leaf spring suspension and four-wheel mechanical drum brakes. Wheelbase: 134"

David Dunbar Buick, the Scottish industrialist, built his first car in 1903. Like most cars in the horseless carriage era, it was a small, chain driven runabout with flat twin power. The Buick was not exactly simple back then, as it used overhead valves, a tradition that Buick has maintained ever since.

The Buick Motor Company was one of the businesses William C. Durant brought together to form General Motors in 1908. While Buick continued to grow and prosper, they developed a certain status in communities and as such were dubbed “ the doctor ’ s car ” . They were not inexpensive and certainly were never a young, hardworking family ’ s first car. The Buick was considered a step above a Chevrolet, Oakland or even an Oldsmobile.

By 1932, Buick had firmly established itself as a builder of stylish, reliable cars. That year a Buick powered racing car finished 11th at the Indianapolis 500, which helped remind the public that Buicks also had good performance.

The 1932 Buicks were easily recognized as new models when they appeared. Styling changes included new hood doors, rather than louvers, a raked windshield with no external sun visor, taillights, longer flowing fenders and a tapered radiator. At the top of the line were the 90 series cars, which had an elongated 134-inch wheelbase and carried a variety of differed body styles, the most sporting of which was the Model 96C Convertible Coupe. Providing ample power to these dignified automobiles was Buick ’ s 133hp 344.8 cubic inch overhead valve inline eight-cylinder engine. Also available on the 90 Series was “ Wizard Control ” which provided owners both freewheeling and no-clutch shifting between second and third gears.

Coming from the Tamaroff Collection, and fully restored to show quality condition, this very rare 1932 Buick 96C Convertible Coupe continues to turn heads because of its remarkable condition and desirability amongst aficionados of the marque. Originally priced at $1,805, the 96C Buick Convertible Coupe tempted only 289 buyers in 1932 as sales dropped dramatically due to the deepening Depression. This example was number 150.

The Convertible Coupe is finished in a very attractive burgundy two-tone color combination, which is complemented by a tan colored top. The interior is beautifully appointed in ivory leather accented by burgundy piping and carpeting, the woodwork, as seen in the dash, is stunning, as are the gauges and accessories which include dual windshield wipers and a clock. Impressively equipped, the Buick Convertible Coupe comes with Tilt Ray headlamps, a pair of Trippe safety lights, twin fender lights, dual side mounted spares with mirrors, a golf door and rumble seat, a complete set of polished wire wheels with wide whitewall tires and a rear mounted rack fitted with a matching trunk. In addition to all these highly desirable features, the Buick is also equipped with Wizard Control freewheeling and automatic clutch, which was actuated by a button located on the floor.

Recently the Buick was judged by the CCCA where earned its primary badge number 1531 and at time of publication it was being judged again where it will undoubtedly earn its Senior badge. Nobody ever regretted buying quality or style, and this very rarely offered 96C Buick Convertible Coupe exemplifies both.

Reference Number 9166

as of 5/5/2007

Car 1932 Buick Model 96 C Convertible
VIN 2631327 
Exterior / Interior Color      Dark Red /      Cream 
Configuration Left Hand Drive (LHD) 
Transmission Manual Shift 
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