Buick Model D-45 Touring
The significance of Buick to America’s automobile industry cannot be overstated. While David Dunbar Buick started the enterprise, the marque plays an important role in the biographies of a number of the most influential names in America’s automotive industry during the early 20th century. Among them were Jonathan Maxwell, “Billy” Durant, Walter L. Marr, Charles Nash, Walter P. Chrysler, Alfred P. Sloan, Charles Chayne, and Harlow Curtice.
David Dunbar Buick’s biggest contribution was likely the adoption of the advanced valve-in-head engine design of Walter L. Marr and Eugene Richard. The production genius of Nash and Chrysler made Buick a champion of superior performance at an affordable price and helped keep General Motors afloat throughout its turbulent period under Durant, Wall Street bankers and Sloan’s duPont-backed leadership.
The 1917 Buick D-45 Touring Car was built in one of the lowest production years in Buick’s history, constrained by WWI supply allocations. Powered by the six-cylinder version of Buick’s famous valve-in-head engine, its 45-hp output made it a dynamic performer for the era.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in October of 2011 at the Hershey Lodge, Hershey, Pennsylvania.
45 bhp, 225 cu. in. OHV inline six-cylinder engine, three-speed sliding gear manual transmission, solid front axle, semi-elliptic leaf-spring suspension, shaft drive and full-floating rear axle, and two-wheel mechanical drum brakes. Wheelbase: 115"
Source: RM Auctions