Buick Roadmaster

Many pivotal factors contributed to Buick’s success in the late 1930s and early 1940s. An expanding model line, starting with the Special that was priced only $200 more than comparable Chevrolets, put Buick quality, prestige and an eight-cylinder engine within reach of a broader market. Additionally, the 1941 Buick models featured clean, modern styling to complement their solid engineering.

As the slogan goes, “When better cars are built, Buick will build them.” By 1941 there is no question that Buick had achieved its stature as one of America's finest. A record-breaking 377,428 Buicks were sold during the 1941 model year. Despite over 3,000 Buick dealers nationwide, only 2,784 Roadmaster Coupes were produced. A TIME magazine report dated May 21, 1941 rated all American cars, with four of the five fastest being Buicks. Notably, the Roadmaster placed first among them with a top speed exceeding 100 mph with its standard 320-cubic inch straight-eight engine equipped with dual carburetion producing 165 hp. The 1941 'Big Buicks' are considered by many collectors as the pinnacle year for style and performance.

This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in October of 2011 at the Hershey Lodge, Hershey, Pennsylvania.

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

Source: RM Auctions

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