1926 Buick Standard Six Model 20 Two-Door Coupe
Engine no. 1654980
Fisher Body no. 34230
Under the stewardship of General Motors' President William C Durant, Buick production rose dramatically from 750 cars in 1905 to 8,802 in 1908 when its most popular product was the four-cylinder Model 10, a direct competitor for Ford's Model T. The company introduced its first six-cylinder car in 1914 and for a period in the 1920s the range would consist entirely of sixes. A detachable cylinder head, strengthened chassis and axles, and four-wheel brakes were new introductions on the six-cylinder line for 1924, the last year of Buick's base-model four. Replacing the latter for 1925, the Standard Six boasted a new, overhead-valve engine displacing 191cu in and producing 50bhp, while the larger Master Six came with a 255cu in, 70bhp unit. The duo were restyled for 1926 and given larger engines of 207 and 274cu in respectively, and continued almost unaltered throughout 1927.
This Buick Standard Six has the 207cu in, 60bhp engine and wears Model 20 two-door, five-person coupe coachwork, one of six body styles available on that chassis in 1926. A long-term Pennsylvania car, it was purchased new by William C Mengel of Lebanon, PA from Paul Webber's Dodge Brother's dealership on April 19th, 1926 for $1290. The original title and dealer purchase order present a rare and interesting bit of history on the car.
Later repainted to its current non-original Dark Promenade Blue with black fenders, the car shows nicely outside benefiting from attention to cosmetic details such as the chrome trim, bumpers, and lights which all show very well. Fitted outside with optional equipment, including a Boyce Motometer, inside the driver is met by a full complement of gauges including a speedometer, oil gauge, and ammeter. The seats are sheathed in correct fabric trim. While the Master Six came with a cigarette lighter, a more creative ashtray with matchbook holder has been fitted to the dash of this car.
Often called the "doctor's car" for their remarkable reliability and quality, Buick proved itself to be a force in the market with cars like this. Even today, after all the brand cutting at General Motors today, Buick soldiers on as one of their most prominent brands. This example will provide a comfortable mount on which to tour or simply go out for a drive.
- Please note that the chassis number for this vehicle is 1587490