1927 Buick Model 27X54 Master Six Roadster Coachwork by Fisher Registration no. YLY 2 Chassis no. 1769149 Engine no. 2124621
Inventor David Dunbar Buick built his first automobile in Detroit, Michigan in 1903. More designer than businessman, Buick's lack of talent in the latter role led to a number of changes of ownership in the firm's early years before its founder was eventually eased out in 1908, his departure from the Buick Motor Company coinciding with its establishment as the cornerstone of new owner William C Durant's General Motors. Under Durant's stewardship production rose dramatically from 750 cars in 1905 to 8,802 in 1908 when Buick's most popular model was the four-cylinder Model 10, priced at $900 and a direct competitor for Ford's Model T.
The company had 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 191ci (3,131cc) and producing 50bhp, while the larger Master Six came with a 255ci (4,180cc) 70bhp unit. The duo were restyled for 1926 and given larger engines of 207ci (3,393cc) and 274ci (4,492cc) respectively, and continued almost unaltered throughout 1927.
Imported from New Zealand, this right-hand drive Buick roadster was purchased privately by the current owner in March 1997. An amateurish attempt at restoration had been made, subsequent thorough inspection revealing numerous mechanical faults, various incorrect parts and wrong body alignment. By this time well versed in the restoration of 1920s Buicks, the vendor rose to the challenge and a full mechanical and body restoration was completed in 1998 (see photographic record on file). Finished in eye-catching green over yellow with black wings and chestnut brown leather interior, the car boasts a commodious side locker capable of accommodating a set of golf clubs; indeed, this model is sometimes referred to as the 'golf roadster'. Described as in generally very good condition and said to be great fun to drive, this rare soft-top Buick is offered with Swansea V5 document for the valuable registration 'YLY 2'.