Buick Six Roadster
August 1, 1923 was “Buick Day,” the day the 1924 models were announced, and it was no ordinary new-car introduction. These were entirely new Buicks. At the forefront of the new features were four-wheel brakes. Buick claimed two-and-a-half years of research in their design and 150,000 miles of road testing. External-contracting all around, the linings had a novel anchor at the three-quarter point which gave the majority of servo action in the forward direction while reserving some for reverse.
Other new features included a larger six-cylinder engine, courtesy of a quarter-inch longer stroke, with higher compression and better breathing. The cars were bigger on the outside, roomier inside and had stronger frames and axles. Styling, too, was updated, with the radiator shell given a contoured “upper lip” and fenders more highly crowned. The result was almost Packard-like, and reportedly the Packard people became concerned, although no litigation or retaliation resulted.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in October of 2010 at the Hershey Lodge, Hershey, Pennsylvania.
70 bhp, 255 cu. in. ohv inline six-cylinder engine, three-speed manual transmission, solid front axle and live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and four-wheel mechanical drum brakes. Wheelbase: 120".
Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Copyright Stephen Goodal