Buick Roadmaster Convertible Phaeton

Many factors contributed to Buick’s growing success in the late 1930s and early 1940s. An expanding model line, starting with the Special, which was priced just $200 more than comparable Chevrolets, put Buick quality, prestige and an eight-cylinder engine within reach of a broader market. In addition, a series of performance enhancements by Charles Chayne and his engineering team, as well as very clean and modern styling, made the Buick line even more attractive to discerning buyers.

In 1941, the Series 70 Roadmaster topped Buick’s model range aside from the long-wheelbase Limited that Buick’s President, Harlow Curtice, used to encroach on Cadillac’s luxury limousine and formal sedan business. The Roadmaster was offered with four handsome body styles, including Sedan, Sport Coupe and Convertible Coupe models, along with the unique Convertible Phaeton. Out of total 1941 Buick production, which exceeded 377,000 units, only about 15,300 were Roadmasters and just 312 examples of the handsome and distinctive Convertible Phaeton were produced.

This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in March of 2009 at the The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Florida.

165bhp, 320 cu. in. Fireball inline eight-cylinder engine, dual two-barrel carburetors, three-speed manual transmission, independent front suspension with coil springs, semi-floating rear axle with coil springs, and four-wheel hydraulically-actuated drum brakes. Wheelbase: 126".

Source: RM Auctions

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