Buick Special Convertible

In 1938, Buick offered a diverse model line that included a very wide selection of wheelbases, engine output, and body styles to choose from. Their convertibles were attractive and sporting, the coupes and sedans were practical, while the limousines and custom- bodied cars offered luxury, style and distinction. Despite a general market slump, Buick still managed to sell over 170,000 cars, moving it all the way up to fourth place in American automobile sales.

This success can largely be credited to the growing influence of Harley Earl’s Art & Colour Section throughout General Motors, as well as Buick’s General Manager, Harlow Curtice. Another major contributor to Buick’s success was Charles Chayne. As Engineering Manager, he attended to the mechanical details; for 1938, these included refinements to Buick’s advanced overhead valve inline eight-cylinder engine, an improved frame, and the introduction of full coil spring suspension – an innovation that would not be seen on most competing marques for many years.

This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in January of 2009 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, Phoenix, Arizona.

107bhp, 248 cu. in. Buick “Dynaflash” overhead valve inline eight-cylinder engine, three-speed manual transmission, independent front suspension with coil springs, semi-floating rear axle with coil springs, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 122"

Source: RM Auctions

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