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Lot 151

1931 Buick Series 90 Roadster

  • Chassis no. 2615925

Sold for $74,250

  • Very rare top-of-the-line Buick; one of 843 built
  • Fine presentation in correct colors
  • Classic Car Club of America (CCCA) Full Classic

Leading the all–eight-cylinder Buick line for 1931 was the Series 90, with a 104-hp engine that incorporated such innovations as an oil temperature regulator to cool the engine at high speeds and warm it in cold weather, as well as thermostatically controlled radiator shutters, as found on Duesenbergs and Packards. According to historian Beverly Rae Kimes, every component of the new model was tested over hundreds of thousands of miles to ensure that it would be as durable as previous Buicks. The basic resemblance of the Series 90 to a Cadillac was no coincidence; the two shared many of the same Fisher bodies, and the introduction of the 1931 Series 90 marked the beginning of a decade-long Cadillac-Buick rivalry for high-end luxury sales.

Not surprisingly, the Series 90 is today one of the few Buicks accorded Full Classic status by the Classic Car Club of America. Its excellent road abilities make it a popular CARavan choice.

This glamorous roadster, one of only 843 built, represents the top of the Series 90 line, and arguably the most desirable body style with collectors today. An older restoration in the correct factory color scheme of Martinique Blue and black with a brown leather interior, it is equipped with wide whitewall tires on cream wire wheels, wind wings, a flying lady radiator mascot, and a covered rear-mounted trunk and rack. As a CCCA Full Classic, it would be a desirable CARavan entrant for a thrilled new owner.

Please contact our exclusive automotive transportation partner, Reliable Carriers, for a shipping quote or any other information on the transport of this vehicle.

Alexander Weaver


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Alexander Weaver joined RM Sotheby’s in 2011 as a Car Specialist after graduating from Furman University in South Carolina. Born... read more

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Augustin Sabatié-Garat joined RM Europe in 2012 as a Car Specialist after more than a decade in the collector car hobby. Gradua... read more

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Barney’s interest in classic cars began at an early age after being introduced to his father’s all-original 1965 Porsche 911. Barney l... read more

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United Kingdom

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As one of the three founding partners of RM Sotheby’s, Mike has a long-standing interest in the classic car industry. Graduating... read more

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Tonnie Van der Velden joined RM Sotheby’s European division in September 2015 as a Car Specialist. A lifelong enthusiast, Tonnie... read more