Now the Oldest remaining American Car Manufacturer, Buick originated as an independent motor car manufacturer, the Buick Motor Company, incorporated in 1903, by the scottish american David Dunbar Buick in Detroit. Later that year, the struggling company was taken over by James H Whiting, who moved it to his hometown of Flint MI, 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 twenty-five years later. Durant was a natural, 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 mega-corporation 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.
At first, Buick followed the likes of Napier in Racing, winning the first ever race held at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Buick has long been a quality marque with many interesting and innovative accomplishments. The 41 Buick is considered by many to be one of the high water marks design wise. The use of the legendary straight 8 is one of Buick's Hallmarks and they clung to it long after others had moved to V8's.
The Buick Roadmaster is an automobile that was built by Buick from 1936 to 1958, and again from 1991 to 1996. Roadmasters produced between 1936 and 1958 were built on Buick's longest non-limousine wheelbase and shared their basic structure with the entry-level Cadillac Series 65, the Buick Limited, and after 1940, the Oldsmobile 98. Between 1946 and 1957 the Roadmaster served as Buick's flagship.
In 1940 the Series 80 was renamed Buick Limited. The Roadmaster name was transferred to the new Series 70, which was introduced at the same time as a brand new Series 50 Super. The Roadmaster featured a cutting-edge "torpedo" C-body. The new C-body that the 1940 Buick Roadmaster shared with the Super, the Cadillac Series 62, the Oldsmobile Series 90, and the Pontiac Torpedo featured shoulder and hip room that was over 5-inch wider, the elimination of running boards and exterior styling that was streamlined and 2-3" lower. When combined with a column-mounted shift lever the cars offered room for six-passengers.
The 1940 Roadmaster had a shorter wheelbase, was lighter, and was less expensive than the previous year's model. The formal and fastback sedans were discontinued. A 2-door coupe body style was newly introduced, and 3,991 units were sold. The coach-building firm of Brunn designed several custom-bodied Buicks for the Series 70, 80, and 90. Only one Roadmaster example is known to have actually been produced in 1940, an open-front town car, that was dubbed "Townmaster". Overall sales more than tripled to 18,345.
Styling updates for 1941 were modest, but there were mechanical changes. The compression ratio was raised from 6.6:1 to 7.0:1, the "turbulator" pistons were redesigned, smaller spark plugs were new, and "Compound Carburetion" was introduced. This Compound Carburetion was the forerunner of the modern four-barrel carburetor and consisted of twin two-barrel carburetors. One unit operated all of the time, while the other operated only under hard acceleration. The new engine delivered 165 horsepower. With five more horsepower than a senior Packard, 15 more than any Cadillac, and 25 more than the largest Chryslers, it was the most powerful engine available that year on an American car.
A new body style for this year was a two-door convertible, which sold 1,845 units.
This very nice example is in excelllent running and driving condition having been toured extensively in CCCA CARavans and other Vintage Tours. The car presents very well cosmetically and would equally welcome on the Show Circuit. Finished in a stunning and very desirable Black/Red with a Full Leather interior, the car features Power Top, Radio, Heater, and Clock.
This very rare first year Roadmaster Convertible is an Iconic car that exhudes the Era like few cars can. This is a rare opportunity to get a fully sorted turnkey example ready for the Road!