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About Buickborn

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  • Birthday 10/12/1946


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    1930 Series 44 Roadster
    1954 Roadmaster Hardtop Coupe

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  1. Lovely automobile! But I often wonder how it came to be that so many pre-war cars sport cartoonish whitewalls resembling those outlandish near-total-whites in vogue from about 1948 through 1952. Historically, nearly every period photo or illustration of pre-war whitewall-equipped vehicles (even the very upscale jobs) shows tasteful whites of about the same width as those prevalent in the mid-1950s, by which time designers apparently figured out that attention-grabbing whitewalls do nothing to enhance the design of any car.
  2. Kalaoboy -- Valuation on cars like yours is really a tough one. Too stock to appeal to the hotrod crowd, and the age demographics of your properly appreciative audience are such that they're doing more selling than buying. One major issue in your hypothetical sale is that of whether you're looking for a quick deal as opposed to lengthy advertising -- possibly for a year or more. In any case, since a Century coupe is positioned noticeably above a Special in the food chain, your car offers a fair amount of star power. Realistic price: upper teens - ???
  3. "Great providence" ??? Unless the seller is claiming some kind of holiness for this car, he probably means "provenance."
  4. Dave -- Congrats on your impressive gas mileage in your '41! Reminds me of the time an old Nash owned by a friend of mine pulled some astonishing mileage on a trip, having traveled many miles on the first leg of the trip while needing very little gas to refill the tank. Too good to be true, of course. Turned out a little later that a plugged tank vent (combined, presumably, with a very healthy fuel pump) had caused atmospheric pressure to partially crush the tank!!!
  5. Old Tank: well, it seems we have manuals that disagree, although mine is a regular shop manual as opposed to a body manual. In my manual, a single wiring diagram is used for both 66C and 100C bodies; that diagram shows leads to window cylinders: dark green/white to left, light green to right; seat cylinder wire is shown as pink. There are no leads corresponding with electric windows or electric seat. Having re-checked that far, I find (in spite of what I had previously thought) no such leads in any other 1954 models. So it appears that hydraulics were used only in Skylarks and Century convertibles.
  6. 1954 hydraulic windows: according to my manual, all '54 Buick convertibles equipped with power windows and/or power seats used the hydraulic versions instead of the electric. Possibly the rationale was to capitalize on the presence of the pump required for the convertible top (?).
  7. Well, in that case, you'd almost have to re-plate the front bumper to match -- as well as re-plating the "clearance lights" (by which the seller apparently means the parking lights and streamers). And, while you're at it, might as well . . . Yikes!
  8. Car has been re-listed after closing with no bids. Considering that it needs at least a better paint job and lots of re-plating of painted-out brightwork, maybe the seller will lower the opening bid next time around.
  9. Dave -- FWIW: generator airscoops were not peculiar to Buicks; they appeared on other GM makes of various pre-war years. So if you get no results with your request here, you might try other venues -- maybe even eBay.
  10. Not only is there no price or location shown, but nowhere does this post so much as indicate that the car is for sale.
  11. Is anyone besides me having trouble making any sense whatsoever of the previous half-dozen or so posts?
  12. Gangster movies . . . how did they get those narrow, high-profile cars to take corners so fast without capsizing? You don't suppose it had anything to do with film speed, do you?
  13. J.H. -- That is one handsome Buick! Unfortunately, I think the general appreciation for such elegant items has fallen victim to our casual, youth-dominated era. That is, it appears that the sought-after vehicles are those which seem personal and youthful as opposed to those intended for families or for making a proper arrival at the opera. Surely that disdain for maturity hasn't always been the case.
  14. Matt -- thanks for your elaboration. Nice to know that there may be a little life left in the pre-war sedan market, although it's hard not to wonder if most of the audience for such items is now either on the wrong side of the grass or convinced that they're shortly headed that way.
  15. Matt -- In your description of this very fine Buick, you suggest that it is a good candidate "to buy and fix up and come out ahead later." But it seems in recent years that the notion of profitably speculating via auto restoration has become seriously questionable -- especially in the case of pre-war 4-door-sedans. However, you're in the biz and you oughta know, so here's a question: is a plan to "come out ahead" by investing time and money in a sedan of this vintage even remotely realistic? Thanks! ~ Charlie Manes