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I have a 7 passenger touring car

The plate on the firewall reads 28 49

The plate on the fire wall and the numbers on engine both read 2180742

It has a straight 6 in it.

It has a wide belt molding in the middle and narrow on both ends.

I would like to find out if it is 1927 or a 1928 McLaughlin-Buick

I need help finding out about serial numbers and best sites for researching .

We plan to restore it after our research is done.

We know that this car has not been seen since the early 70's.

Thank you for helping us to solve this mystery.

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Mystery Buick,

I am sure you will get more feedback. If the prefix is 28, it should be a 1928. 1927 does not show a Model 49. I just checked the standard catalog. It shows only 2 of these built, with the more popular 4 door touring being the Model 55, 4 door - 5 pass. So, others should know more then I, but this seems a quite rare car. I am not sure what Canada may have built.

You might have questions on the age because it has been mentioned in other threads that in that time period, some parts from prior year models were used for the new models if the parts fit, so there may be bits of a 1927 model on this car.

I hope we will hear more on this car (and maybe some photos).

John

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Yes, a 128" wheelbase 1928 Model 28-[X]49. which was called the 'Monarch' seven-setare tourer in the UK. Imported by General Motors (Australia) Ltd.

From my databook:

SERIALS RAN: #138001 TO #143290

ENGINE SERIALS: #1990635 TO #2221857

1928 PRODUCTION STARTED FOR ALL SERIES IN JULY 1927

I think Flint-built engines supp;ied to Oshawa and then Regina, for 1929, may have had slightly different serial number runs from Flint-built Buicks but I can now have a go and compare thanks to the new data.

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Here are a few more serial numbers I have collected:

Year Model Frame# Engine# Source

1928 28-49R 140320 2091312 http://forums.aaca.org/f165/1936-mclaughlin-8-90-lim0-228677.html#post621400

1928 28-496 139645 2034106 http://forums.aaca.org/f165/1936-mclaughlin-8-90-lim0-228677.html#post467417

1928 28-49 138575 2013551 MBCC Accelerator, Vol. 14(6), 1985, p. 18

1928 28-49 140352 2100804 MBCC Accelerator, Vol. 14(6), 1985, p. 18

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Yep, as you can see from Sean1997 post the 28-49 type designation actually gives you information that the car is in Master series (274 cid engine, 128" wheelbase) and should carry 7 passenger touring body from factory. You gave us an engine number, serial number should be on the same square plate on firewall. Should be 6 digits, most likely 142... something.

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Hello Everyone,

Serial number is 142263.

Engine number is 2180742

28 49

7 passenger touring

General Motors of Canada

steering wheel is on the left side when you are in the car

We are trying to get a picture of the plate on the firewall and one of the car to show everyone . We have never done any posting like this before.

What are the best books or sites to go to for research?

Everyone is so nice on this site.

Thank you everyone.

Mystery Buick

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It sure is "barn fresh". It looks to me that the windshield may be tilted back more then original, which may affect the sagging top. But others may know more then I. I wonder what the original colors were/are. Looks like it was a nice combination.

John

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  • 1 year later...

It has been a long time since I posted but I did want to say Thank you for all the information on our

GM Canada 1928 Buick model 49 touring car.

We are in The US and it was amazing to hear from all over the world .

And if anyone has anymore information on the numbers or this year Buick please post.

Thank You ,

Mystery Buick

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I was thrilled to see this post. And finally see the picture. I should have a photo of a 1928 Master 6 Touring I took at the Hamilton, Ohio car show about 40 years ago.

What will the game plan be for its restoration? The only 28 touring car I know of is David Balfarb's 28-25 standard 5 passenger. Its body is nearly identical to my 1925-25. This McLaughlin has a belt molding quite similar to Packard's of the same vintage.

I saved the photo to be able to see some more detail and the resulting image in my window is only about 1/2 inch tall and the full screen wide! No saved picture has ever done that before! According to the date the photo was taken it was 01/08 2012. Almost 2 years and the first we have heard anything.

Larry

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Hi,

What a SPLENDID Looking car! Looks to me like a good candidate for preservation as opposed to restoration. You'll get more conversation and inquiry from observers with a running preservation than a restoration.

Of course, the car is yours as is the decision. Whatever you do with it, have fun and enjoy it!

--Tom

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Larry

My father in law had some health issues so everything else went on the back burner.

Now we are looking into getting a house .but we plan to start work on the motor in the spring.

We might put up some more pictures if we can get them from the camera to this site again.

in the meantime we would love pictures and any other news on 28 Buick touring cars. We do believe though that we might have the second one and we have seen the pictures of the first one in the Canadian science museum.

Thank you

Mystery Buick

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Some additional info:

http://www.prewarcar.com/magazine/quiz-archive/about-quiz-275-1928-mclaughlin-buick-013846.html

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2010-05-30 20:39 I agree its not a Fisher body, but I would not dare to say its pure custom build too. I would bet there is a brass square badge on right hand side of firewall, that clearly describes this car as Mclaughlin Buick 28-49 (serial# 139645 engine# 2034106), model designation means 7 passenger touring on 128" wheelbase with 274 cid engine. In Antique Automobile Quarterly (Fourth Quarter 1974 - Vol. XII, No. 4 - Pg. 12 & 13) there is a photo of the Prince arriving at City Hall in Toronto on Aug. 6/27 and there are 4 open cars clearly shown. This neg. is on file with the Public Archives in Ottawa (No. C-67205).

Model year 1928 run (as usually) from Aug 1st 1927 to July 31st 1928, so in August 1st must have been few thousands cars already built for market launch. Per production records Flint (US) built 2 seven pass tourings under designation 28-49, much more of them were built in Canada as McLauglin Buick, probably few thousands. My 1928 McLaughlin Part List for Master Series shows few thousands exceptions when ordering upholstering and trim materials for 29-49 models ONLY. I have positively identified 5 of them still in existence, below are serial numbers and engine numbers for 4 of them.

Note that the sequence of McLaughlin serial numbers (lowest first) of these 4 cars (138575, 139645, 140099, 140320) and the sequence of their respective engines (2013551, 2034106, 2080521, 2091312) is the same, that corresponds Flint engines shipping to Canada.

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Maybe I missed it in the above posts, but did anyone find out how many 28 49's were produced in Canada? I know that it was mentioned that 2 were made but if I read everything correctly that was for US production.

Just curious.

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