Buick 94 Roadster
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 many 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.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in March of 2010 at the Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Florida.
104 bhp, 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"
Source: RM Auctions