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  1. At the great risk of starting a war...


    I thought it would be fun to as this question. I have always been a big believer in driving the heck out of cars, no matter what the vehicle, but certain ones obviously lend themselves to it more easily than others. 


    What are the best pre-war cars for lots of touring and regular use? Reliability & drive-ability. I know there is a huge technology disparity between 1927 and 1941, so I want to focus on mostly 1927-1934 or so. Buick, Auburn, Duesenbergs, Packards, Pierces, Cadillac, LaSalle, Lincolns, Chryslers (including airflows), or any of the other awesome big classics of the era. You don't hear a lot about some particularly drive-ability on Lincoln L's & K's, and the non airflow Chryslers, so would like to see all the big brands compared with all their highs and lows! 


    I know we have a lot of folks on this forum who spend a lot of time behind the wheels of great full classics! 

  2. 7 minutes ago, neil morse said:


    My Super has the optional 3.9 rear end, so what Matt says about its cruising speed is accurate.  I routinely drive it at 60 mph.  I have had it up to 65, but I prefer to drive at around 55 to 60, where it seems very comfortable.


    Good luck with your search -- Buicks are great cars, no question.



    Thanks for the information everyone. I know I want something prewar. While my ultimate goal is an early 30's full classic, the funds won't be there for a while, and realistically it won't be as reliable or capable as a driver as an early 40's car. Really, my main debate right now it whether I want a 1941 Buick or a 1939-1941 Cadillac (60 special or 62). I like the uniqueness of the inline 8, and the extra power, though I know the Cadillac's are excellent cars for long distance cruising. Such a hard choice with no real wrong way to go!

  3. 11 hours ago, neil morse said:

    You refer to the "larger" series, but I'm assuming you understand that you are actually referring to the cars with the larger engine  -- the Century, Roadmaster, and Limited.  The Super is the larger-sized body with the smaller engine.  As a happy Super owner, I would suggest that you might want to consider broadening your search.  You might find that you would be just as happy with a Super.  The interior trim of the Super is identical to the Roadmaster.  The Limited (of course) is in a class by itself because of its larger wheelbase, and if you're set on a Limited, then you will be "limiting" yourself (pun intended) to a very small sample.  The Century is what everyone wants because it was the first factory hot rod to come out of Detroit, but keep in mind that it actually has the smaller body and is not as spacious on the inside as a Super.


    PS:  I agree with Mike that the Super currently offered by Specialty Sales in Pleasanton is grossly overpriced.  If you're looking for a nice Super, you should be able to pick one up for a much more reasonable price.


    Yes, my apologies for the possible confusion there. Interested in the cars with specifically the larger engine. As much as I like the idea of the Century and owning "the banker's hotrod," I fully intend to drive it often, and will be looking for either a Roadmaster or Limited with the larger interior, unless of course a perfect Century comes along to sway me otherwise.


    PS: I also found your Buick thread Neil! between Gary W's, Matt's, and now your thread, I feel set for life! :D


    Thanks everyone,


  4. Thanks for the recommendation Matt. As I said, I really enjoyed your thread and follow closely the insight you and others like edinmass have regarding classics. At 21, I still have a lot to learn both in history and hands-on mechanics, and am consuming the information as much as I can as it is all massively fascinating. 

    I had a look at that brochure and some other sales brochures, and it all goes fairly basically over what was available. Does anyone have an option sheet/build sheet for these cars? Matt, in your thread you mention how fogs were dealer installed in some cases, but is there a document on the different features factory/dealer installed? I know it would be nice to all have in one place, but I am beginning to suspect this knowledge is largely piecemeal - with hints and clues that will be picked up by myself as time goes on.


    Mike, I have been following Buick sales closely, and see the overwhelming majority of 1941's for sale are Specials and Supers (to be expected) but these cars do not interest me as much as the three larger series for actual ownership. I still would however like to learn the technical information about all series. 


  5. I have had a good read through Matt Harwood's Buick Limited thread and decided a 1941 Buick would be a wonderful car to own. The style, drive-ability, and comfort really appeal to me, especially as I plan to drive it as much as I possibly can both day-to-day and on extended tours -- something that I can gently modify into a bullet-proof driver. I definitely want a larger series car, Century up to Limited, and love all of the body styles, with no real preference to anything particular. I enjoy the idea of a Limited, as the comfort, features, and rarity appeal to me. 


    My question is: for 60-90 series of 1941 Buicks, is there a resource aside from sales brochures that provide detailed breakdowns as to what each model has over other models? By this I mean, what features does a 90L have over a 91F or 90; or a 61 vs a 66s in terms of standard features, optional extras, etc. (I understand the obvious body style differences, mostly concerned with interior appointments).


    Thanks for any insight!

  6. A couple cars in Canada, both in Canadian Dollars. The Chrysler needs a bit of reassembly and who knows what else. The Buick looks well kept but could use an engine bay cleanse.


    https://www.kijiji.ca/v-classic-cars/st-catharines/1936-chrysler-airlfow/1466488361?enableSearchNavigationFlag=true    $9,500




    https://www.kijiji.ca/v-voiture-collection/st-georges-de-beauce/1936-buick-series-40/1466614046?enableSearchNavigationFlag=true    $25,000



  7. On 10/5/2019 at 9:55 AM, Chris Bamford said:

    At the airport now on my way east for Hershey.


    Not a lot on my shopping list this time but one thing I'd like to do is say howdy and put faces to names that post regularly on this forum, and add so much to this wonderful on-line community.


    Where can I find you three, and/or any other regular posters?


    (Restorer 32 RWO 8-17, Matt Harwood Corral B67-69, and Walt G (across from RNG 10-11) are already flagged on my maps.)


    Photo below is from Hershey 2010... my good friend Jerry and I drove the '47 Dodge 3,300 mile from Edmonton, AB to PA. Following the meet we parked it at a friend's place in VIrginia, picked it up in the spring and returned clockwise via Florida, Texas, Colorado and points between. A most memorable journey.


    L6 Setting up camp copy.jpg


    I must say, I absolutely love seeing the Dodge around Edmonton. Makes me want to go out and buy a similar car and daily drive the thing. The wood roof rack looks perfect on the car, especially loaded up with period luggage! Overall the car just has the perfect "look."

  8. Hey everyone,


    Looking at purchasing my first Buick. I have found a couple nice sedans, 1931 80's with the 344ci 8. I have has several other vehicles from this era, up through the early 40's, so I am familiar with the basics of driving a vehicle from this era, but never a luxury maker (Fords and Chevy's). Both cars have undergone full restorations and are in almost identical condition, the only difference is one has wire wheels, sidemounts and high speed gears, while the other has wood wheels with standard gearing and a single rear spare. Both cars have 6V alternators already.


    I plan to tour this vehicle extensively, and it will almost serve as a daily for the nicer days of the year. I have not been able to tour classics much before so I never encountered any problems related to heavy driving. It will see a good mix of city, highway (reasonable speeds), mountains, and dirt roads. What are some of the "gotcha's" and problems associated with this marque, or is there somewhere I can be directed to that? Necessary preparations to be made? I have heard these are some of the best drivers of the era, and am excited to learn more about owning and running them! I heard the Buick folks on this forum are the best around!

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