Buick Sports Roadster

From the very start, William C. Durant was able to make David Dunbar Buick’s cars a success. By the 1920s, Buick was firmly established as one of General Motors’ top selling divisions. In 1929, the company celebrated its Silver Anniversary with bigger and better Buicks.

In 1930, Buick’s president, Edward T. Strong, introduced the new slimmer Buicks. Offered in three series – the 40, 50 and top-of-the-line and most powerful 60 models, these Buicks featured handsome and graceful styling. The new vertically mounted, thermostatically controlled shutter system and long radiator provided a racy look. Industry critics welcomed the change and noted that Buick had been able to retain its individuality amongst the many other American brands available at the time.

Production for the Model 40 reached a total of 78,131 for 1930, of which only 3,639 Sport Roadsters were built, making this a rare opportunity to purchase a limited production version which remains in great condition and was formerly part of a very well-known and respected collection.

This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in July of 2010 at the Shotwell Gustafson Pavilion at Meadow Brook Hall, Rochester, Michigan.

81 bhp, 257.5 cu. in. overhead-valve inline six-cylinder engine, three-speed sliding gear manual transmission, solid front axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, ¾-floating rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and four-wheel mechanical drum brakes. Wheelbase: 118"

Source: RM Auctions

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