Lot Number
379

1940 Buick Special Sport Phaeton

Sold For $35,200

Inclusive of applicable buyer's fee.

RM | Auctions - HERSHEY 2018


Chassis No.
13639276
  • Very rare body style; one of only 597 produced
  • Older restoration in beautiful colors
  • Rare dual side-mounted spares

Buick’s four-door convertibles of the late 1930s and early 1940s were referred to alternatively as convertible phaetons and sport phaetons, confusing as they were true convertible models, with a handsomely constructed, fully insulated, and properly fitted canvas top bound in leather, and roll-up side windows. As Americans increasingly preferred closed sedans, the phaetons were always quite rare among all series, even in the entry-level Special of 1940, which saw only 597 made.

The example offered here comes from a prominent collector of Buicks of this era, who has enjoyed many over the years and knows them better than most anyone. It has been restored in a charming period red hue, with a maroon interior and tan top. It is equipped with the column-shifted three-speed transmission, directing power from the 107 hp, 248-cu. in. straight eight-cylinder engine, and is fitted with numerous accessories, including rare dual side-mounted spares, AM radio, heater, and whitewall tires, giving it an appropriately jaunty appearance.

Very few Special sport phaetons were produced in 1940, and even fewer remain today. This may well be the only opportunity soon to acquire one, as a particularly unusual part of any collection that values well-built and beautifully designed American pre-war automobiles. It would be ideal for next season’s touring in Antique Automobile Club of America activities, and sure to be a great head-turner at the local cruise nights and car shows.



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