1908 Buick Model 'S' Tourabout  Chassis no. 1199

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1908 Buick Model 'S' Tourabout
Chassis no. 1199

Sold for US$ 87,750 inc. premium
1908 Buick Model 'S' Tourabout
Chassis no. 1199
*255ci T-head inline four
*Three-speed sliding gear transmission
*106.5" wheelbase

*One of 373 built
*Progenitor of Buick's high-performance cars
*Ex-John M. O'Quinn

This extremely rare brass-era Buick sport model dates from the early days of the brand, when Billy Durant's factory Buick racing team was making headlines and its star drivers—including Bob Burman and Louis Chevrolet—were becoming racing legends. Driving stripped down versions of cars such as this Model S, the Buick team won more than 500 trophies in between 1908 and 1910.

Buick's first ever four-cylinder engine powered the Model S Tourabout. A "T-head" design displacing 255 cubic inches, the four was first introduced in a very limited run of '07 models. The "T-head" layout placed the overhead inlet and exhaust ports on opposite sides of the cylinder—which was state-of-the-art high-performance technology in 1908.

The Model S is an ancestor of such Buick high-performance cars as the later Century, Gran Sport and Grand National models that have followed it over the decades since 1908.

Spanning a 106.5-inch wheelbase, the Model S Tourabout features a three-speed sliding-gear transmission. The model's torque-tube drive introduced a feature that would remain a Buick engineering hallmark through 1960.

Only 373 Model S Buicks were built for 1908. The model was available in Roadster or Tourabout form, with the addition of a rear auxiliary seat distinguishing the Tourabout. Dual rear seats, as seen on the offered car, were a $50 option.

A full set of brass lamps contributes to the Buick's period style. Headlamps have been electrified and the car has also been equipped with turn signals for open road touring. Period-correct accessories include the windshield, folding top and speedometer.

This significant early Buick was acquired by the late John O'Quinn in January 2006 and is offered here from his estate collection. The car had previously been owned in Ohio and Massachusetts. It has the appearance of an older restoration that remains in very good cosmetic condition.

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1908 Buick Model 'S' Tourabout  Chassis no. 1199
1908 Buick Model 'S' Tourabout  Chassis no. 1199
1908 Buick Model 'S' Tourabout  Chassis no. 1199
1908 Buick Model 'S' Tourabout  Chassis no. 1199
1908 Buick Model 'S' Tourabout  Chassis no. 1199
1908 Buick Model 'S' Tourabout  Chassis no. 1199
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