Hershey | Lot 452

1941 Buick Roadmaster Convertible Phaeton

$80,000 - $100,000 USD

United States | Hershey, Pennsylvania

11 October 2019

Chassis No.
  • One of 312 examples built in 1941
  • Comprehensive two-year restoration completed in 2005
  • Owned for 30 years by a Denver, Colorado–based enthusiast
  • Benefits from fastidious upkeep in private storage for the last decade
  • A handsome and nicely restored example of Buick’s classic pre-war Roadmaster

Buick added dual carburetion to its Fireball Straight Eight engine for 1941, raising output by nearly 25 hp. The popular Series 70 Roadmaster was built in 15,372 examples across four different body styles, but only 312 cars were finished as four-door convertible phaetons, of which perhaps 50 examples survive today.

This beautifully presented Buick continues to benefit from a comprehensive restoration conducted in the mid-2000s. Chassis no. 13928872 reportedly retailed new in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and was used early in its life as a taxi in both Cleveland and Akron, Ohio. In 1972 the Roadmaster was purchased by an enthusiast residing in Denver, Colorado, and he retained possession for 30 years, intending to restore the car but never finding the time.

In 2003 the Buick passed to another Colorado-based enthusiast, and the car was soon treated to a comprehensive body-off restoration that took two years to complete. The extensive refurbishment included correcting the coachwork with the replacement of minimal rust-prone areas, including the replacement of the fenders with new original-stock parts. The original engine was rebuilt, the frame was powder-coated, and the brakes and suspension were rebuilt as needed. Cosmetics were updated with a refinish in royal metallic maroon paint and matching maroon leather upholstery, while care was taken to correctly address every trim piece and finish, epitomized by the handsome machine-turned dashboard surface.

Following completion of the restoration in 2005, the Roadmaster was placed in storage for several years until being sold in late 2009 to the current owner. Over the last decade, the phaeton has enjoyed fastidious care while largely being stored in the consignor’s collection. Professionally restored to the highest standards, this impressive car is a striking example of Buick’s pre-war Roadmaster and would make an ideal acquisition for any marque aficionado or enthusiast of classic American cruisers.

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