1939 Buick Super 90 Limousine  Chassis no. 949333366

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Lot 112
1939 Buick Super 90 Limousine
Registration no. FXE 869 Chassis no. 949333366

Sold for £ 8,833 (US$ 11,819) inc. premium
1939 Buick Super 90 Limousine
Registration no. FXE 869
Chassis no. 949333366
*5¼-litre eight-cylinder engine
*Manual transmission
*Present ownership since 2001
*Ideal for wedding hire

Footnotes

  • Please note, this vehicle is a Series 90 not a Super 90.
    Scottish-born inventor David Dunbar Buick built his first automobile in Detroit, Michigan in 1903. More designer than businessman, Buick lacked talent in the latter role, a shortcoming that led to a number of changes of ownership in the firm's early years before its founder was eventually eased out in 1908, his departure from the Buick Motor Company coinciding with its establishment as the cornerstone of new owner William C Durant's General Motors. Under Durant's stewardship production rose dramatically from 750 cars in 1905 to 8,802 in 1908 when Buick's most popular model was the four-cylinder Model 10, priced at $900 and a direct competitor for Ford's Model T. The first six-cylinder models appeared as part of the 1916 line-up, and their refined and flexible overhead-valve engines would help establish Buick's image as a quality automobile for the prosperous owner/driver.

    At the end of 1930 Buick dramatically axed its six-cylinder models, adopting an all eight-cylinder range for 1931. Four series in varying wheelbase lengths were offered initially, the largest of which, the Series 90, had a 133" frame and a 344.8ci (5.6-litre) overhead-valve engine. By 1939 the Series 90 was powered by a smaller (320.2ci) but considerably more powerful eight and had a wheelbase of 140". Notable styling changes on '39 Buicks included a new two-piece 'waterfall' grille, increased glass area, and larger doors, while the 90 Limousine featured a moveable glass partition between the front and rear compartments.

    Bonhams & Brooks offered this right-hand drive Buick Limousine at its RAF Museum, Hendon Sale in April 2001, at which time it had been in the then owner's hands for 15 years. It was said to have been used sparingly and regularly serviced and MoT'd. The current vendor purchased the Buick in July 2001 and advises us that during WW2 it had been retained as a 'pool' car by the Admiralty, though no records survive to support this.

    Finished in black with grey cloth interior, 'FXE 869' has the three-speed column-change transmission and is described by the private vendor as in generally good/very good condition. Ideal for wedding hire, this impressive American luxury automobile is offered with sundry bills, MoT to August 2019, and V5C document. Conversion to 12-volt electrics and a manual choke are the only notified deviations from factory specification.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note, this vehicle is a Series 90 not a Super 90.
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1939 Buick Super 90 Limousine  Chassis no. 949333366
1939 Buick Super 90 Limousine  Chassis no. 949333366
1939 Buick Super 90 Limousine  Chassis no. 949333366
1939 Buick Super 90 Limousine  Chassis no. 949333366
1939 Buick Super 90 Limousine  Chassis no. 949333366
1939 Buick Super 90 Limousine  Chassis no. 949333366
1939 Buick Super 90 Limousine  Chassis no. 949333366
1939 Buick Super 90 Limousine  Chassis no. 949333366
1939 Buick Super 90 Limousine  Chassis no. 949333366
1939 Buick Super 90 Limousine  Chassis no. 949333366
1939 Buick Super 90 Limousine  Chassis no. 949333366
1939 Buick Super 90 Limousine  Chassis no. 949333366
1939 Buick Super 90 Limousine  Chassis no. 949333366
1939 Buick Super 90 Limousine  Chassis no. 949333366
1939 Buick Super 90 Limousine  Chassis no. 949333366
1939 Buick Super 90 Limousine  Chassis no. 949333366
1939 Buick Super 90 Limousine  Chassis no. 949333366
1939 Buick Super 90 Limousine  Chassis no. 949333366
1939 Buick Super 90 Limousine  Chassis no. 949333366
1939 Buick Super 90 Limousine  Chassis no. 949333366
1939 Buick Super 90 Limousine  Chassis no. 949333366
1939 Buick Super 90 Limousine  Chassis no. 949333366
1939 Buick Super 90 Limousine  Chassis no. 949333366
1939 Buick Super 90 Limousine  Chassis no. 949333366
1939 Buick Super 90 Limousine  Chassis no. 949333366
1939 Buick Super 90 Limousine  Chassis no. 949333366
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