Buick Model G
William Crapo Durant took a ride in a Buick in 1904. Two months later he had become a member of the company’s board of directors. A partner in the Flint, Michigan Durant-Dort Carriage Company, Durant had not been enamored of automobiles, but he was impressed with the car built by David Buick, Walter Marr and Eugene Richard and felt it worthy of investment. An avid stock speculator, Durant had soon floated a $300,000 stock issue for what was now the Buick Motor Company. A superb salesman, he managed to sell more than 1,100 Buicks before the firm had built 40. Model G Buicks are frequently considered among the most desirable entrants in two-cylinder tours.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in October of 2010 at the Hershey Lodge, Hershey, Pennsylvania.
22 hp, 159 cu. in. horizontally-opposed twin-cylinder engine, two-speed planetary transmission, solid front axle with three-quarter-elliptic leaf springs, live rear axle with semi-elliptic springs and single chain drive, two-wheel mechanical brakes. Wheelbase: 87".
Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Copyright Darin Schnabel