1939 Buick
Special 2 Door Sedan

Location: Indianapolis
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Engine:248 CI OHV inline 8
Transmission:3 speed manual

Buick is currently the oldest still-active American automotive make, and among the oldest automobile brands in the world. It originated as the Buick Auto-Vim and Power Company in 1899, an independent internal combustion engine and motor-car manufacturer, and was later incorporated as the Buick Motor Company on May 19, 1903, by Scottish born David Dunbar Buick in Detroit, Michigan. Later that year, the struggling company was taken over by James H. Whiting who moved it to his hometown of Flint, Michigan, and brought in William C. Durant in 1904 to manage his new acquisition. Buick sold his stock for a small sum upon departure, and died in modest circumstances 25 years later.

Durant was a natural promoter, and Buick soon became the largest car maker in America. Using the profits from this, Durant embarked on a series of corporate acquisitions, calling the new megacorporation General Motors. At first, the manufacturers comprising General Motors competed against each other, but Durant ended that. He wanted each General Motors division to target one class of buyer, and in his new scheme, Buick was near the top — only the Cadillac brand had more prestige. Buick occupies this position to this day in the General Motors lineup. The ideal Buick customer is comfortably well off, possibly not quite rich enough to afford a Cadillac, nor desiring the ostentation of one, but definitely in the market for a car above the norm.

From 1936 to 1958, Buick's Special model range represented the marque's entry level full-size automobile. The '36 was a very successful year for Buick and also marked the first time of using names rather than the simple serial numbers which had been in use before. The Special continued to also be known as the 40-series, however. The engine was also new, and was now of 248 cu in rather than 233 cu in The Special (and all other Buicks as well) underwent a full restyling for 1939, with a more enclosed nose and a wider grille. The wheelbase was also two inches shorter.

This car appears to be an exceptional Original car with possibly a respray and some selective rechroming.The paint could be original, but we don't have docutmentation of that, so cannot make that claim without a doubt. The interior is in amazing condition for its age, with only the front floor mat and the steering wheel needing attention. The paint is very nice with no flaws noted. The chrome is very nice with only the most minor pitting on some of the pot metal pieces. There is not a speck of rust anywhere on this car, the undercarriage is clean and tidy. The car runs very well, it starts right up, runs smoothly and shifts smoothly. Since we have had the car we have had the brake system rebuilt. The mileage is beleived original, which is born out by the fine condition of the car. This is an estate sale siituation so unfortunately we d0n't have as much first hand knowledge of the history of the car as we would like, but its very obvious this car has been kept indoors its entire life.

This is a very nice example. If you are looking for Pre War Buick Special I think you will be hard pressed to find a better one.

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