<b>1941 Buick Roadmaster Convertible Phaeton</b><br />Chassis no. 74118208

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Lot 47
Ex-Warner Brothers Studios, original and unrestored
1941 Buick Roadmaster Convertible Phaeton

Sold for US$ 30,240 inc. premium
Ex-Warner Brothers Studios, original and unrestored
1941 Buick Roadmaster Convertible Phaeton
Chassis no. 74118208

320ci OHV Inline 8-Cylinder Engine
2 Dual-Choke Carburetors "Compound Carburetion"
165bhp at 3,800rpm
3-Speed Manual Transmission
Independent Front, Live Axle Rear Coil Spring Suspension
4-Wheel Hydraulic Brakes

*Believed to have been Warner Brothers Studios owned
*Original and unrestored
*Seen in star-studded movies
*12,000 miles from new
*Matching numbers


THE 1941 BUICK

By 1941 Buick's combination of overhead valve eight-cylinder engines, realistic pricing and modern styling had the upscale brand in Detroit's fourth place behind only Chevrolet, Ford and Plymouth.

It was a monumental accomplishment under the leadership of Harlow Curtice. Buick's segment-encompassing offering spanned a price range from under $1,000 Special coupes to $2,500 Limited limousines.

Its competition from the '41 Cadillac suffered by comparison. Cadillac's 346ci L-head V8 had only 150hp, 15hp less than the Compound Carburetion dual carburetor Buick Roadmaster's 165 horsepower.

In 1941 Buick was among the last of Detroit's automakers to build a cataloged four-door Convertible Sedan, a "Convertible Phaeton" in Buick's marketing parlance. Not surprisingly Buick built only 326 of these exclusive models in line-topping Roadmaster form in 1941.

THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

This 1941 Buick Roadmaster Convertible Phaeton has led a charmed and benign life. Other than service item replacements of soft parts it appears to be all-original.

The odometer shows some 12,000 miles and every indicator, from the paint through the chrome, stainless trim and interior, even to the soft top material, it is just what it appears to be: a consistently maintained survivor that lived its life in a warm, dry environment.

While there is no documentation for its early ownership various elements support the conclusion, it was a Hollywood car from new. A Hendricks-Publicity envelope found under the seats refers to a promotional photo of Virginia Mayo, a glamorous Warner Bros. star of the late 40's.

It – or an eerily similar '41 Cadillac Convertible Phaeton – featured prominently in Warner's 1949 production of the Michael Curtiz-directed "Flamingo Road" starring Joan Crawford, Zachary Scott and Sidney Greenstreet.

It was purportedly used in RKO's 1942 production of "The Big Street" although most of the movie's mileage from New York City to Miami was covered by Lucille Ball's wheelchair pushed by "Little Pink", played by Henry Fonda.

It also is suggested that it was used in MGM's 1996 production of the Lee Tamahori-directed "Mulholland Falls" starring Nick Nolte, Jennifer Connelly and Chazz Palminteri.

Most likely the '41 Buick Roadmaster Convertible Phaeton offered here was a Warner Bros. pool car used as-needed in films and to chauffeur favored stars, financiers and moguls. The car served this role ideally thanks to its ample passenger compartment, luxurious appointments and easy access to the rear seat through the large back doors. With the top down its fortunate passengers could enjoy the balmy Southern California weather and be seen as they basked in the studio's favor.

Finished in refined Verde Green, the interior trim and upholstery is comfortable beige cloth, a material that is suitable for the dry Southern California climate and a significant departure from the standard leather in Roadmaster convertibles. The top and boot cover are lighter beige cloth. Its 320ci Compound Carburetion 165bhp "Fireball Dynaflash" inline eight-cylinder engine has a 3-speed manual transmission complemented by a Sonomatic radio, front fender-mounted antenna, heater, wide whitewall tires, hubcaps, trim rings and chrome-accented fender skirts (a $10 option even on the Roadmaster.)

Its condition is simply exemplary. While some of the translucent plastic light covers are aging, the paint, chrome and stainless trim are exceptional and complete. The upholstery and interior trim appear to be all original, albeit with small stains on the front seat. It has seen only limited use in recent years but was recently tuned and serviced. Further attention to various soft parts and seals are in order before embarking on an extended journey, but it runs smoothly and quietly.

This 1941 Buick Roadmaster combines a rare Convertible Phaeton body style, ample room for family and friends, smooth 165hp inline eight, sympathetic preservation of its outstanding originality and an intriguing Hollywood history, attributes that commend it to discerning collectors of original cars and to touring enthusiasts.

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  • Please note this vehicle is titled under its engine no 74118208.
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<b>1941 Buick Roadmaster Convertible Phaeton</b><br />Chassis no. 74118208
<b>1941 Buick Roadmaster Convertible Phaeton</b><br />Chassis no. 74118208
<b>1941 Buick Roadmaster Convertible Phaeton</b><br />Chassis no. 74118208
<b>1941 Buick Roadmaster Convertible Phaeton</b><br />Chassis no. 74118208
<b>1941 Buick Roadmaster Convertible Phaeton</b><br />Chassis no. 74118208
<b>1941 Buick Roadmaster Convertible Phaeton</b><br />Chassis no. 74118208
<b>1941 Buick Roadmaster Convertible Phaeton</b><br />Chassis no. 74118208
<b>1941 Buick Roadmaster Convertible Phaeton</b><br />Chassis no. 74118208
<b>1941 Buick Roadmaster Convertible Phaeton</b><br />Chassis no. 74118208
<b>1941 Buick Roadmaster Convertible Phaeton</b><br />Chassis no. 74118208
<b>1941 Buick Roadmaster Convertible Phaeton</b><br />Chassis no. 74118208
<b>1941 Buick Roadmaster Convertible Phaeton</b><br />Chassis no. 74118208
<b>1941 Buick Roadmaster Convertible Phaeton</b><br />Chassis no. 74118208
<b>1941 Buick Roadmaster Convertible Phaeton</b><br />Chassis no. 74118208
<b>1941 Buick Roadmaster Convertible Phaeton</b><br />Chassis no. 74118208
<b>1941 Buick Roadmaster Convertible Phaeton</b><br />Chassis no. 74118208
<b>1941 Buick Roadmaster Convertible Phaeton</b><br />Chassis no. 74118208
<b>1941 Buick Roadmaster Convertible Phaeton</b><br />Chassis no. 74118208
<b>1941 Buick Roadmaster Convertible Phaeton</b><br />Chassis no. 74118208
<b>1941 Buick Roadmaster Convertible Phaeton</b><br />Chassis no. 74118208
<b>1941 Buick Roadmaster Convertible Phaeton</b><br />Chassis no. 74118208
<b>1941 Buick Roadmaster Convertible Phaeton</b><br />Chassis no. 74118208
<b>1941 Buick Roadmaster Convertible Phaeton</b><br />Chassis no. 74118208
<b>1941 Buick Roadmaster Convertible Phaeton</b><br />Chassis no. 74118208
<b>1941 Buick Roadmaster Convertible Phaeton</b><br />Chassis no. 74118208
<b>1941 Buick Roadmaster Convertible Phaeton</b><br />Chassis no. 74118208
<b>1941 Buick Roadmaster Convertible Phaeton</b><br />Chassis no. 74118208
<b>1941 Buick Roadmaster Convertible Phaeton</b><br />Chassis no. 74118208
<b>1941 Buick Roadmaster Convertible Phaeton</b><br />Chassis no. 74118208
<b>1941 Buick Roadmaster Convertible Phaeton</b><br />Chassis no. 74118208
<b>1941 Buick Roadmaster Convertible Phaeton</b><br />Chassis no. 74118208
<b>1941 Buick Roadmaster Convertible Phaeton</b><br />Chassis no. 74118208
<b>1941 Buick Roadmaster Convertible Phaeton</b><br />Chassis no. 74118208
<b>1941 Buick Roadmaster Convertible Phaeton</b><br />Chassis no. 74118208
<b>1941 Buick Roadmaster Convertible Phaeton</b><br />Chassis no. 74118208
<b>1941 Buick Roadmaster Convertible Phaeton</b><br />Chassis no. 74118208
<b>1941 Buick Roadmaster Convertible Phaeton</b><br />Chassis no. 74118208
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