1932 Buick Model 55 Sport Phaeton  Chassis no. 2627717

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Lot 658
1932 Buick Model 55 Sport Phaeton
Chassis no. 2627717

Sold for US$ 133,500 inc. premium
1932 Buick Model 55 Sport Phaeton
Coachwork by Holden's Motor Body Builder's Ltd.

Chassis no. 2627717
GM (Australia) purchased Holden's Motor Body Builder's Ltd. during 1931 and merged it with their existing operations to create General Motors-Holden's, Ltd. The 1932 Buick Model 55 Sport Phaeton offered here is a rare and early example of a GM model assembled by the new venture.

To meet government regulations, GM typically imported chassis into Australia as "completely knocked down" (CKD) kits. These were then supplied with Holden-built bodies and were equipped as necessary for driving on Australian roads. GM-Holden sometimes modified the U.S. body designs and, in other instances, also introduced new body types uniquely suited to Australian tastes.

With the Great Depression ravaging the world economy, only 56,790 Buicks of all styles were built for 1932. The Model 55 Sport Phaeton was the lowest production 1932 Buick, with just 69 produced for U.S. customers, plus 37 for global export. Buick collectors have long favored the rare 1932 models, as their bright-and-bold styling, directed by Harley Earl, makes them standouts at any vintage vehicle gathering.

In addition to its sporty folding windshield, the Model 55 was factory deluxe-equipped with dual side-mounted spare tires and a rear luggage rack, fitted here with an accessory trunk. Adjustable ride control and dual horns were also standard. Buyers could choose wood or, the wire-spoke wheels found on the offered car.

The Buick is additionally equipped with dual driving lamps, taillights and wind-wings. There are even dual clocks—one dash-mounted and the other cut into the rearview mirror (a placement prevalent at the time). Period décor accessories include an art-deco style radiator ornament and a most remarkable pair of sidemount mirrors, mounted atop beautifully sculpted figural bases.

An 82hp Buick overhead valve straight-eight engine powers the Model 55. The three-speed manual transmission provides "Syncro-Mesh" shifting, introduced to Buicks only one year before.

The Sport Phaeton was held for forty years in a private Quebec collection prior to its acquisition by vendor in 2006. The well-preserved car had previously been converted from RHD to LHD and was free of rust damage. A full restoration was completed in 2007, during which the engine and driveline were returned "to excellent touring condition." In addition to a new interior, a set of side curtains for inclement weather, and a boot cover for top-down motoring, were crafted.

A recent Buick Club of America roster lists but a single additional surviving Model 55, located in Australia. The combination of style, rarity and condition—not to mention the history—embodied in this splendid open Buick makes it a wonderful representative of one of the marque's most admired production years.

The Buick shows 33,481 miles on the odometer. It is offered with a California Certificate of Title.
1932 Buick Model 55 Sport Phaeton  Chassis no. 2627717
1932 Buick Model 55 Sport Phaeton  Chassis no. 2627717
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