1910 Buick Model 10 Touring
Engine no. 21278
165ci 4-Cylinder 'Valve-in-head' Engine
2-Speed Planetary Transmission, Shaft Drive
Semi-Elliptic Leaf Springs Front and Rear
Rear Mechanical Brakes
*Renowned reliable touring model
*Formerly owned by famed collector Richard C. Paine Jr.
*Offered from Private European Museum collection
*Rarely seen example of "The White Streak"
*Delightful and affordable entry to Brass Era motoring
The Buick Model 10
Buick owes two things to its founder, David Dunbar Buick, in addition to its existence. The marque's name is most apparent. Less obvious, but of much greater importance, is its continuous history of "valve in head" engines.
Buick formed the underpinnings of Durant's General Motors Corporation; in 1909 and 1910 Buick even outsold the Ford Model T.
At $850 the valve-in-head four-cylinder Buick Model 10 was priced to compete with the Model T, and it was the best selling Buick model, with over 8,000 sold in 1909 and almost 11,000 in 1910. It was offered in "Buick White" and promoted as "The White Streak" in recognition of its competition successes. Buick advertising called it the car for "men with real red blood who don't like to eat dust."
The Motorcar Offered
This Model 10 features a Touring body style - a compact and lightweight design with ample space for carrying four passengers, and boasting one of few optional extras - a windshield. The current European Museum purchased the car from the Richard C. Paine, Jr. Collection. Paine had acquired it in the mid-1960's from Dr. Samuel L. Scher, whose collection at the time was undoubtedly the finest in America. It is a marvelous example, equipped with Rushmore acetylene headlamps, Solar kerosene sidelights and an E&J taillight. A single spare tire (no rim) is secured to the right running board next to the driver.
It bears an undated (and therefore old) AACA National First Prize badge and its condition more than adequately endorses the good judgment of the AACA judges a half century or so ago. The chassis is dusty but despite that looks like it has hardly been used and will easily be brought back to show quality condition with careful cleaning and detailing. The paintwork is more than adequate for touring, but a partial disassembly repaint will work wonders on it. The engine is unusually good for its age and is remarkably free of fluid leaks and residue. The upholstery, glass, brass and plentiful varnished wood is very impressive.
Largely unused for many years, it will now require recommissioning to return the Buick to the road. However, with continuous history for the last 40-plus years in the important collections of Dr. Samuel L. Scher and Richard C. Paine, Jr. it will be a valuable addition to any collection and is a wonderful way to experience the quality and performance of one of the great automobiles in Michigan's motor history, the pride of Flint.
- Please note that the title for this vehicle is in transit.