<i>From the collection of Paul Teutul, Jr.</i><BR /><B>1941 BUICK ROADMASTER<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 13977054

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Lot 159
From the collection of Paul Teutul, Jr.
1941 BUICK ROADMASTER

US$ 100,000 - 150,000
£ 80,000 - 120,000
Amended
From the collection of Paul Teutul, Jr.
1941 BUICK ROADMASTER

Chassis no. 13977054

320ci OHV Straight 8 Engine
Dual Downdraft Carter Carburetors
165bhp at 3,800rpm
3-Speed Manual Transmission
Independent Front and Semi-Floating Rear Axle
4-Wheel Hydraulic Drum Brakes

*Buick's most expensive convertible
*AACA National First award winner
*Restored to a high standard
*An ideal long distance cruiser
*Elegant color scheme



THE BUICK ROADMASTER

Before World War II, there was no blurring of the hierarchy at General Motors. The ladder built by GM boss Alfred P. Sloan started with Chevrolet, with Pontiac a rung up, followed by Oldsmobile, Buick, LaSalle and Cadillac. Although positioned between Oldsmobile and LaSalle, there was nothing inexpensive or bare-bones about the Buick. It was a high quality car that communicated a fair bit of status in its own right. Within the Division, Buick had as hierarchy of its own, consisting of four series: Special, Century, Roadmaster and Limited. As a result, Buick was able to offer cars for as little as $900 and as much as $2,300, which helped considerably to broaden the company's appeal.

At the end of 1930 Buick adopted an all eight-cylinder range that would carry it through to WWII and beyond. Dating from the Harlow Curtice-era, a period when Buick sales were booming, the 1941 Roadmaster was designated the Series 70 and sat just below the top-of-the-range Limited Series 90 in the model line-up. Sharing its basic styling with the Super, the Roadmaster was available as a Touring Sedan, a Convertible Phaeton, Convertible Coupe or Sport Coupe.


THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

As offered here, the 76C Convertible Coupe was listed at $1,775 and one of just 1,845 left the Buick factory in 1941, a tiny fraction of the 377,428 Buicks produced that year. Following up on its innovative 1940 'Fore-N-Aft' directional indicators, an industry first, Buick focused on the motive force under the hood with the addition of dual carburetion, branded as "Compound Carburetion", and dome-shaped pistons and cylinders in the new "Fireball" engines. Easy access to either side of the engine was possible thanks to the new two-way hood that could be made to open from either the right or left side.

This Roadmaster is finished in Sequoia Cream over rich red leather hides and a black convertible top. Restored to a very high level at the turn of the century, it snagged an AACA National First in 2002 with a score of 98.9 points. Fitted with the optional Sonomatic push button radio and antenna and fender skirts, the decade and a half restoration has continued to hold up well and shows beautifully today.

The top-of-the-line convertible for '41, the Roadmaster had more power than either Chrysler or Mercury could muster and plenty of panache. With the specter of WWII lurking in the future, it would be the last full year of production of cars for public consumption. While big styling changes were heralded for 1942, the government imposed prohibition of the use of chrome on January 1, 1942 meant the new cars didn't carrying the gleaming, toothy grills and shining accents of their predecessors. This stunningly well restored example, which has mellowed over the years to be a very usable and enjoyable driver, is the perfect droptop for a lovely, long drive on a strip of smooth blacktop.

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<i>From the collection of Paul Teutul, Jr.</i><BR /><B>1941 BUICK ROADMASTER<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 13977054
<i>From the collection of Paul Teutul, Jr.</i><BR /><B>1941 BUICK ROADMASTER<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 13977054
<i>From the collection of Paul Teutul, Jr.</i><BR /><B>1941 BUICK ROADMASTER<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 13977054
<i>From the collection of Paul Teutul, Jr.</i><BR /><B>1941 BUICK ROADMASTER<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 13977054
<i>From the collection of Paul Teutul, Jr.</i><BR /><B>1941 BUICK ROADMASTER<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 13977054
<i>From the collection of Paul Teutul, Jr.</i><BR /><B>1941 BUICK ROADMASTER<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 13977054
<i>From the collection of Paul Teutul, Jr.</i><BR /><B>1941 BUICK ROADMASTER<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 13977054
<i>From the collection of Paul Teutul, Jr.</i><BR /><B>1941 BUICK ROADMASTER<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 13977054
<i>From the collection of Paul Teutul, Jr.</i><BR /><B>1941 BUICK ROADMASTER<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 13977054
<i>From the collection of Paul Teutul, Jr.</i><BR /><B>1941 BUICK ROADMASTER<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 13977054
<i>From the collection of Paul Teutul, Jr.</i><BR /><B>1941 BUICK ROADMASTER<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 13977054
<i>From the collection of Paul Teutul, Jr.</i><BR /><B>1941 BUICK ROADMASTER<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 13977054
<i>From the collection of Paul Teutul, Jr.</i><BR /><B>1941 BUICK ROADMASTER<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 13977054
<i>From the collection of Paul Teutul, Jr.</i><BR /><B>1941 BUICK ROADMASTER<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 13977054
<i>From the collection of Paul Teutul, Jr.</i><BR /><B>1941 BUICK ROADMASTER<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 13977054
<i>From the collection of Paul Teutul, Jr.</i><BR /><B>1941 BUICK ROADMASTER<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 13977054
<i>From the collection of Paul Teutul, Jr.</i><BR /><B>1941 BUICK ROADMASTER<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 13977054
<i>From the collection of Paul Teutul, Jr.</i><BR /><B>1941 BUICK ROADMASTER<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 13977054
<i>From the collection of Paul Teutul, Jr.</i><BR /><B>1941 BUICK ROADMASTER<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 13977054
<i>From the collection of Paul Teutul, Jr.</i><BR /><B>1941 BUICK ROADMASTER<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 13977054
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