Buick Model F Five-Passenger Touring
Buick was not simply the carrot that drew Billy Durant into the automobile industry; it was the foundation upon which he built General Motors. Early in 1908, Durant learned that George Perkins, a partner in J.P. Morgan and Company, was exploring the idea of a merger of automobile companies. Durant the promoter set out to explore the idea himself and began talking to other automakers, Ransom Olds (by then at Reo), Henry Ford and Maxwell-Briscoe among them. In the end, Ford bowed out because he insisted on a cash buyout, and the others couldn’t raise it. In the end it was the Smiths of Oldsmobile who consented to merge with Buick. General Motors Company was incorporated in New Jersey on September 16, 1908.
By that time there were six Buick models in production, the Models F and G two-cylinder cars and Models D, S, 5 and 10 with four cylinders.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in October of 2010 at the Hershey Lodge, Hershey, Pennsylvania and in January of 2012 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, Phoenix, Arizona.
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, and two-wheel mechanical brakes. Wheelbase: 92".
Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Copyright Darin Schnabel