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25 July 2015

The Howard & Norma Weaver Collection

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Lot 166

1941 Buick Roadmaster Convertible Phaeton

  • Chassis no. 13940312

Sold for $60,500

Model 76C. 165 bhp, 320 cu. in. OHV Fireball inline eight-cylinder engine, three-speed manual transmission, independent front suspension with coil springs, semi-floating rear axle with coil springs, and four-wheel hydraulically-assisted drum brakes. Wheelbase: 126 in.

  • Offered from the collection of Howard and Norma Weaver
  • The last production Buick convertible sedan; one of 312 built
  • Equipped with Compound Carburetion
  • Excellent-quality, well-maintained restoration; less than 900 miles since

Buick had five different models for the 1941 model year, with one of the most prestigious being the mighty Roadmaster on its 126-inch-wheelbase chassis with the large 165-horsepower overhead-valve inline eight-cylinder engine. Among the most elegant body styles was the four-door convertible phaeton, which would be the last convertible sedan offered on a production Buick chassis. Only 312 were built, and only about 17 of those are known to survive today.

The convertible phaeton offered today from Howard and Norma Weaver’s collection has been driven only about 835 miles since its restoration and remains in excellent condition. Its body fit and finish are very nice throughout, with even gaps and margins, and the finish of the paint, chrome, and trim are in excellent overall condition. The body is finished in a period-correct metallic gray, while the interior is in dark maroon with matching door panels and carpets and facing a proper wood-grained dashboard with correct instruments.

The engine bay is clean and detailed, and it shows off the desirable Compound Carburetion, or dual carburetors, that were such a desirable feature on this year’s Buicks, offering abundant performance for their class. The chassis is similarly clean and well finished, while the wheels have their proper and correct hubcaps, trim rings, and whitewall tires. Optional extras include bumper guards, a grille guard, a dashboard-mounted clock, an AM radio, and fog lights.

The buyer looking for a handsome, well-restored, and well-kept example of the last of the pre-war Buick convertible sedans need look no further.

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

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