1939 Buick Special (46S) Sport Coupe  Chassis no. 23491052 Engine no. 48699820
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Exquisitely restored to the last detail and well-preserved since,1939 Buick Model 46C Special Sport Coupe Chassis no. 23491052 Engine no. 48699820
Sold for US$ 18,700 inc. premium
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Exquisitely restored to the last detail and well-preserved since
1939 Buick Model 46C Special Sport Coupe
Chassis no. 23491052
Engine no. 48699820
Currently the oldest still-active American make, Buick started out in 1899. By 1904, the company was under the direction of William C. 'Billy' Durant, who would later become the founder of General Motors. Buick, like its sister brand Chevrolet, produced a serious of more powerful four-, six- and eight-cylinder motors before settling on two different engines for its four series of cars.

Iconic monikers would accompany each series' numerical designations for 1936, and thus the entry-level Series 40 became the Special, the Series 60 the Century, the Series 80 the Roadmaster and the Series 90 the Limited. Numerous elements of the car in the arenas of design and engineering were improved in 1938, including coil sprung live axle rear suspension, while styling and convenience were the larger goals for 1939. The new cars featured an entirely new two-piece waterfall-style front grille, a large increase in window area and, a Buick first: factory-installed directional signals with the control switch located on the new column-mounted gearshift lever.

Comprehensively restored over two decades ago and stored in climate-controlled garages by dedicated collectors since, this 1939 Buick Series 40 Model 46C Sport Coupe remains both show and tour ready in every respect. The correct Verde Dark Green finish is beautiful and the panel gaps and fit remain as-restored throughout. Chrome and brightwork are very nice and equally as well-restored as the rest of the exterior; wide whitewall tires on beautiful red rims with accessory trim rings and hand pinstriping. Inside, no less attention was applied to the restoration of the tan cloth upholstery on the seats, or to the contrasting carpet and trim which are in all correct materials. The woodgraining on the dash and door window openings alike are also concours-quality. Unique among cars of this era, Buick-furnished 'opera seats' fold-down from the side panels and can accommodate two extra, if short, passengers over a short distance. Underneath, the chassis and body are nicely and evenly detailed in a medium gloss black finish.

Under the bi-fold hood, the engine compartment is correctly restored, painted and detailed, and remains very attractive from the time of restoration. Buick's 248 cubic-inch inline Dynaflash 8 runs well and the car drives smoothly in all respects. Just a few months ago, all four engine and transmission mounts were replaced, plus the car was recently tuned up and thoroughly inspected by a Central Virginia expert in vintage automobiles. A sporting, eye-catching and mechanically sorted example of pre-war Americana in every regard, this Buick will certainly not disappoint any new owner.

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  • Please note that the correct engine number for this vehicle is 43699820.
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