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25 July 2015

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Lot 116

1932 Buick Series 90 Coupe Roadster

  • Chassis no. 2631327
  • Engine no. 2782279

Sold for $176,000


113 bhp, 344.8 cu. in. OHV inline eight-cylinder engine, three-speed sliding-gear synchromesh manual transmission with Wizard Control freewheeling, solid front and rear axles with leaf-spring suspension, and four-wheel mechanical drum brakes. Wheelbase: 134 in.

  • Formerly owned by Marvin Tamaroff and Paul Andrews
  • One of only 289 built in Buick’s top-of-the-line series
  • Well-preserved Harry Sherry restoration
  • Numerous desirable options and accessories
  • CCCA Full Classic and award-winner


The Buick Motor Company was one of the businesses William C. Durant brought together to form General Motors in 1908. While Buick continued to grow and prosper, they developed a certain status in communities and, as such, were dubbed “the doctor’s car.” They were not inexpensive and certainly were never a young, hardworking family’s first car. The Buick was considered a step above a Chevrolet, Oakland, or even an Oldsmobile.

Buick had firmly established itself as a builder of stylish, reliable cars by 1932. That year, a Buick-powered racing car finished 11th at the Indianapolis 500, which helped remind the public that Buicks also had good performance.

The 1932 Buicks were easily recognized as new models when they appeared. Styling changes included new hood doors rather than louvers, a raked windshield with no external sun visor, taillights, longer flowing fenders, and a tapered radiator. At the top of the line were the 90 series cars, which had an elongated 134-inch wheelbase and carried a variety of different body styles, the most sporting of which was the convertible coupe. Providing ample power to these dignified automobiles was Buick’s 133-horsepower, 344.8-cubic inch overhead-valve inline eight-cylinder engine. Also available on the 90 series was Wizard Control, which provided owners both freewheeling and no-clutch shifting between second and third gears.

This very rare 1932 Buick Series 90 Convertible Coupe is formerly of the very well-known Marvin Tamaroff and Paul Andrews collections and is fully restored to show-quality condition by now-retired Ontario craftsman Harry Sherry. It continues to turn heads because of its remarkable condition and desirability amongst aficionados of the marque. Originally priced at $1,805, the Series 90 Convertible Coupe tempted only 289 buyers in 1932, as sales dropped dramatically due to the deepening Depression. This example was number 150.

The convertible coupe is finished in a very attractive burgundy two-tone color combination, which is complemented by a tan colored top. It has benefitted from extensive cosmetic and mechanical freshening in its present ownership. The interior is beautifully appointed; the woodwork, as seen in the dash, is stunning, as are the gauges and accessories, which include dual windshield wipers and a clock. Impressively equipped, the Buick Convertible Coupe comes with Tilt Ray headlamps, a pair of Trippe safety lights, twin fender lights, dual side-mounted spares with mirrors, a golf door, a rumble seat, a complete set of polished wire wheels with wide whitewall tires, and a rear-mounted rack fitted with a matching trunk. In addition to all these highly desirable features, the Buick is also equipped with Wizard Control freewheeling and automatic clutch, which was actuated by a button located on the floor.

Nobody ever regretted buying quality or style, and this very rarely offered, CCCA award-winning Buick Series 90 Convertible Coupe exemplifies both.

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

aweaver@rmsothebys.com

+1 864 313 6844
California, United States

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

Augustin Sabatié-Garat

asabatie-garat@rmsothebys.com

+44 (0) 74 1511 4179
United Kingdom

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

Barney Ruprecht

bruprecht@rmsothebys.com

+1 203 912 7168
Ontario, Canada

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

David Swig

dswig@rmsothebys.com

+1 415 302 2247
California, United States

David Swig joined RM Sotheby’s West Coast division as a Car Specialist in May 2015. David is a life-long automobile enthusi... read more

Don Rose

drose@rmsothebys.com

+1 617 513 0388
United States

Don joined RM in 2006 after several years of professionally trading sports and classic cars, and after earning a reputation as a noted... read more

Donnie Gould

dgould@rmsothebys.com

+1 954 566 2209
Florida, United States

Donnie Gould joined the RM team in 2002 as a partner and Car Specialist after more than two decades in the vintage automobile auction ... read more

Gord Duff

gduff@rmsothebys.com

+1 519 352 4575
Ontario, Canada

Gord Duff began his journey with RM Sotheby’s in 1998. Since then, he has gained an intimate knowledge of a variety of marques a... read more

Jake Auerbach

jauerbach@rmsothebys.com

+1 310 559 4575
California, United States

Jake Auerbach got his start in the automotive industry at an early age, spending his summers during high school working at a classic c... read more

Kurt Forry

kforry@rmsothebys.com

+1 717 623 1638
California, United States

Having worked for Bonhams’ Automobilia department for over 10 years, Kurt Forry joined RM Sotheby’s with more than a decad... read more

Matt Malamut

mmalamut@rmsothebys.com

+1 805 231 6410
California, United States

A long-time car enthusiast and Southern California native, Matt studied Automotive Technology at San Diego Miramar College and complet... read more

Michael Squire

msquire@rmsothebys.com

+44 (0) 20 7851 7070
United Kingdom

Michael Squire joined RM Sotheby’s European Division in the summer of 2016. He comes to RM with a prestigious racing background ... read more

Mike Fairbairn

mfairbairn@rmsothebys.com

+1 519 352 4575
Ontario, Canada

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

Oliver Camelin

ocamelin@rmsothebys.com

+44 (0) 75 0110 7447
United Kingdom

With an extensive background in exotic sports car history and sales, a particular passion for American curves, and fluency in three la... read more

Paul Darvill

pdarvill@rmsothebys.com

+44 (0) 20 7851 7070
United Kingdom

Paul Darvill joined the RM Sotheby’s European team at the beginning of 2015. Paul holds a degree in French and Politics from the... read more

Pete Fisher

pfisher@rmsothebys.com

+1 519 784 9300
Ontario, Canada

Pete Fisher was first introduced to antique cars in high school, working for Classic Coachworks in his hometown of Blenheim, Ontario. ... read more

Shelby Myers

smyers@rmsothebys.com

+1 310 559 4575
California, United States

Shelby Myers grew up with the classic car industry infused into every aspect of his life. He had the unique opportunity to watch the R... read more

Tonnie Van der Velden

tvandervelden@rmsothebys.com

+31 653 84 19 60
United Kingdom

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