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1941 Buick Roadmaster Convertible Phaeton

1941 Buick Roadmaster Convertible Phaeton

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1941 Buick Roadmaster Convertible Phaeton

1941 Buick Roadmaster Convertible Phaeton
Car was Sold at a price of $99,000

Model 71C. 165bhp, 320 cu. in. Fireball inline eight-cylinder engine, dual two-barrel carburetors, three-speed manual transmission, independent front suspension with coil springs, semi-floating rear axle with coil springs, and four-wheel hydraulically-actuated drum brakes. Wheelbase: 126"

Many factors contributed to Buick's growing success in the late 1930s and early 1940s. An expanding model line, starting with the Special, which was priced just $200 more than comparable Chevrolets, put Buick quality, prestige and an eight-cylinder engine within reach of a broader market. In addition, a series of performance enhancements by Charles Chayne and his engineering team, as well as very clean and modern styling, made the Buick line even more attractive to discerning buyers.

In 1941, the Series 70 Roadmaster topped Buick's model range aside from the long-wheelbase Limited that Buick's President, Harlow Curtice, used to encroach on Cadillac's luxury limousine and formal sedan business. The Roadmaster was offered with four handsome body styles, including Sedan, Sport Coupe and Convertible Coupe models, along with the unique Convertible Phaeton. Out of total 1941 Buick production, which exceeded 377,000 units, only about 15,300 were Roadmasters and just 312 examples of the handsome and distinctive Convertible Phaeton were produced.

Purchased new in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, this Roadmaster Phaeton was used early in its history as a taxi in the Cleveland-Akron area. An individual in Denver purchased the car in 1972 and owned it for over 30 years, but old age prevented him from restoring the car. Its next Colorado-based owner purchased the car in 2003, performed a detailed, two-year body-off restoration, and the car has remained in storage ever since, seeing only limited road use.

During the extensive restoration process all rust spots were properly addressed with new metal, while the fenders were replaced with new old stock pieces. The lovely Royal Metallic Maroon livery and rich maroon leather upholstery are correct, as per factory specifications. Every detail and trim piece, including the attractive engine-turned dash, also appears to be in excellent condition. Meanwhile, the frame was powder-coated and the original "Fireball" engine was rebuilt. A spare tire resides within the equally impressive trunk and an original owner's manual accompanies the car.

It is estimated that less than 50 Roadmaster Phaetons remain in existence today, and this particular example may very well be one of the finest available. Professionally restored to the highest standards, it will certainly complement any collection of fine prewar American automobiles.

RM Auctions
Automobiles of Amelia Island
March 14, 2009
Website: www.rmauctions.com
Sold at a price of $99,000
Lot #288

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1941 Buick Roadmaster Convertible Phaeton

1941 Buick Roadmaster Convertible Phaeton

1941 Buick Roadmaster Convertible Phaeton

1941 Buick Roadmaster Convertible Phaeton

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