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Interesting.  I noted the sellers name is Dylan (younger name, generally)   Selling for a relative?  I have no idea on prices but it sounds like they are trying to clear out an estate - perhaps a pre-estate and I if someone calls I am sure the pricing will be quite high or "make an offer."

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The listing is on the KC CL but the cars appear to be in Radar O'Reilly's hometown of Ottumwa, IA.

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You are correct, I just noticed that, plus the area code is 641 which I believe is part of se Iowa.  I texted Dylan and asked him some additional questions - price and whether the 39 Buick was a Special or Century.  No reply yet. 

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Yes Leif it is a 54C although if the colors on it are correct for the car (Patrol Green over Patrol Cream) it may be a 1927 Country Club Coupe. It could have been registered as a 1926 if bought late in 1926. My grandfather said that is first car was a 1927 Buick Country Club Coupe that he bought in 1930. He said that the body was all brown, a color offered on this model in 1928. So it too may have been sold in 1927 and registered that way.

Unfortunately this car looks to be holding up the building it is in. The duct tape holding the doors closed at the windshield tell me it needs all new wood!

But yes.I would have loved to have one..

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Took one for the team on this one.  Spoke with the seller Dylan. He is 21.  He was a talker.  25 minute conversation with a 95 / 5 % split.  He said he has owned this car 18 years. You do the math. Also - he purchased a 1950 Mercury for $610 at age 7 and sold it for $40,000 at age 17.  Drove it home at age 7.  Had to borrow $5 from his brother to complete the deal.  

 

So - not sure how much to believe but -

1939 Buick he is asking $1200. Said it was super solid except trunk pan because the salt dripped off the roof onto the trunk pan.  

 

The 1926-27-28 Buick he is asking $5500.00   But the catch is it includes 3-4 engines, 5 hoods, fenders, and what he said was 2 truckloads of extra parts.  

 

He confirmed it was a COUNTRY CLUB COUPE.   You guys said it was a Master.   For the 1939 Buick, he does not know it is a Special or a Century so assume it's a Special. He said the 39 Buick is a 2 owner car. He bought it off the original owners family where it was parked in one shed or another for 60 years. 

 

He said the wood in the roof of the 20's Buick is bad but the body wood is OK.  He said the only part missing is the radiator cap.   I will probably go look at it but would need to sell a lot of parts to cut my purchase cost down and I am not sure there is much demand for the parts.   He said he has one complete drivetrain that ran when pulled, it came from a car that was being rodded.  

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Recently there has been a flourish of activity with people restoring /working on these cars. I feel that spare parts may find a ready market. My friend here in PA. has (2) 1927 model 54 Master Sport Roadsters. He always is extoling the virtues of the 1927s over the previous year Buicks. (Like my 1925s.).

Depending on the condition of the "spares" this may be a good deal.

What he is asking is what I paid for my 1925-45 Touring as a solid, (all wood is good, nice top and upholstery) running, somewhat drive-able car with a trailer of parts. The family had it offered for several years and I was the one with the best offer.

5a56d1f13ed1c_14914824_1108406922540908_1016340747_n1.jpg.1fb89fa0984bb5a417c975decabfe71a.jpgJoan and I driving in it the day after we brought it home.

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The Patrol Green and Patrol  Cream only seems to have been used on 1927-24 and 25 models,after that ,this paint code was gone?

In 1926 the Texas Brown seems to be used on this 54 models.

But I`m wondering about the rust on the head light houses,what I think they have been nickled on this model ,as well as on the other ser.50 models?

Leif in Sweden.

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9 hours ago, Imperial62 said:

The 1926-27-28 Buick he is asking $5500.00   But the catch is it includes 3-4 engines, 5 hoods, fenders, and what he said was 2 truckloads of extra parts.  

So am I thinking all wrong  I think that is a good price  or i overpaid for mine -Kyle

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1 hour ago, sligermachine said:

So am I thinking all wrong  I think that is a good price  or i overpaid for mine -Kyle

But isn't yours a roadster?  That would bring a premium.

 

The coupe pictured above has one of my favorite details on a car, the vertical  "standing seam" on the top material at the back of the top, which makes the back of the top look curved when in fact it's straight.  In a post a while back someone had another name for this detail, I believe.  If you look at the picture above you can just see the curve at the rear of the top, that's fabric and not metal shape. 

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Is there a source for the "rubberized" top?  I believe I have seen this but not paid a lot of attention to it.

 

As for buying the lot, I am pretty sure I could get it all for $5000.00.   But - I would not mind getting some pre-commits on the stuff. Which isn't going to happen. I really don't have the room for 2 1/2 truckloads of 1926-28 Buick parts and most of these parts are going to be HEAVY. 

 

This car appears in reality to have been purchased by Dylan's dad since I doubt Dylan bought it at age 3.  Here in the Midwest, as in other places mostly rural, some farmers get a reputation for buying "stuff" like cars and then when these cars come out of long term storage they do buy them for pennies on the dollar (see also the 1939 Buick)  Most of his stories that I "had to" listen to involved local finds they accumulated over the years. 

 

I recently agreed to buy a 1988 Reatta out of Colorado for parts and foolishly tried the "pool purchase" concept so each of several Reatta guys could grab some parts and I would not have to purchase the whole car.  I got crickets - no interest except 1-2 guys saying "hey if YOU buy that car I MIGHT buy this or that part.  So now instead of having maybe $150 to $300 in the 188 Reatta I have $1300 in it to get it to Iowa. 

 

The same thing would happen to this car.  It would take me several trips down to Ottumwa to get the car, the parts in totality, take countless photos of a million parts and like I said, most heavy.  Bad part of our hobby is the guy that might need one of the several complete engines Dylan says he has, lives half way across the US. 

 

If I could get "just" this car with some critical spare parts, I would go $3000 today.  But I am sure this car will be there for years because Dylan and his dad only want to sell the lot.  I could be wrong. 

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Leif I understand about the Patrol Green and cream not showing up on the old documents we have available. But I have seen several Original cars with this combination. My friend has a 1927 model 54 roadster as well as a repainted 1927 54 in Courier Brown and Cream.(Original colors) I have seen several 1927-55 sport touring cars the same way. Just speculating as I am known to do. The cowl tag, chassis and engine #s would tell correct year.

 

 But I agree with Imperial it is a chancy thing on buying the whole package and get stuck with all the extra parts. Also verifying the exact application of the 2 1/2 truckloads of parts, as you mentioned would be a long drawn out process. My typical story... I need the part in PA. but you have it in Louisiana or Nebraska. The cost of shipping is more than twice what it may be worth. So I do without or keep looking. I lost out on the 1923-55 in Arizona. A nondescript pile of 1922 parts were to be part of the deal. I offered $1,500 more than it was sold for because the buyer was local.

The 1925-45 I posted photos of that came with a spare 1924 engine brought home on a trailer and a pick up load of spare parts. After a year I do not believe I found a useable part. I think any good useable spare part already went into the car. I tried to deal on a mostly complete parts chassis of a 1925-54 in New York for the previous owners of my car. At the time they were not sure they wanted to sell yet and did not want a parts car. I tried to get them to sell at the time while the parts chassis was available. No luck. That chassis was scrapped and has probably been turned into some major appliance by now.

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Isn't what you see for the top typically "cobra grain vinyl"? I've seen it as "corbra" so I don't know which would be the typo. 

 

Neat car...would certainly be interesting to own. My space is pretty full and I have a couple projects on the go so not for me right now. 

 

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I will try and get down there in a week or so and take a lot of photos.  The last time I tried to get a 20's Master, it was in South Dakota.  It's rare to find one in the same state, about 90 miles away.

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