Marty Roth

SOLD - 1934 BUICK SEDAN - with SIDEMOUNTS and TRUNK

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I believe the time may have come for me to allow our restored 1934 Buick to find a new home.

 

Please feel free to share, print, or forward my comments and photos with anyone who you believe may be interested in our 1934 Buick, and would be a proper caretaker.
 
The 1934 Buick was purchased new by a Central Valley California preacher who kept the car in immaculate condition. He had the Buick painted and upholstered in 1970 for his son who decided against the gift. The Buick was sold to Lyle Pierson of Colorado Springs, CO in 1970. Mr. Pierson maintained the 1934 among his many other Buicks, and drove it on the Sunday "Garden of the Gods" 1990 Glidden Tour which is when I met him and first saw this car. I had previously rejected more than a dozen 1934-1935 Buicks because of their wood rot, poorly-hanging doors, rust, mechanical condition, or other very expensive repair items. This car was in immaculate condition, and had always been maintained as a dependable, and beautiful driver. To the best of my knowledge, this car has always been garaged since new.
 
After several more years of searching for the "RIGHT" car like Mr. Pierson's, and not ever finding a really good one, Lyle phoned me in July of 1995, advising that, as a function of his advancing age, he was reducing his collection. I bought it over the phone, and trailered the 1934 Buick home to the New Orleans area. My family enjoyed it as an extremely presentable "Tour-Driver" for eleven years from August 1995 through August 2006. At that time, having just completed two successive weeks of touring throughout Iowa and Illinois, we temporarily left the Buick with a friend in Pennsylvania who owns a restoration business, and who had completed work on another car for me. I asked him to address a couple of minor maintenance items while storing the Buick for me, which he did. He subsequently mentioned to me just what a great car my 1934 Buick was: that there was no evidence that the car had ever been abused, that there apparently had absolutely never been any wood rot, that there had never been the first flake of rust, nor had there ever been any rust repair, and that there had never been any need for body repair, other than a repair to a front fender many years earlier (perhaps when the car was nearly-new). The doors close solid and easily - like a "Bank Vault".
 
Following the suggestion of the restoration specialist, we decided that the car deserved a full "proper" restoration. The engine and complete driveline have been restored with internal upgrades (such as balancing, aluminum pistons, insert bearings, hardened valve seats, improved oiling, etc.) and operate flawlessly, as do the steering, suspension, and brakes. This particular model was delivered from Buick with a vacuum-assisted power brake booster which is also fully operational. Doors, fenders, front clip, and all removable items were unbolted, giving full access to the bare shell.
 
The body was given a full restoration, and was repainted in the original shade of blue, with a slightly darker shade of blue highlighting the beading/edge areas, reassembled, and received proper pin-stripe in cream to match the color of the beautiful steel-spoke wheels, including the covered side-mount spare tires mounted in the front fenders. The Buick factory-option metal trunk is mounted on the trunk rack, and is a very rare option, as is the factory radio which was also restored and is fully operational, internally modified to offer AM/FM, and with hidden external leads for CD and iPod). Chromed items were redone as required, including goddess, head and tail lights, trumpet horns, grilles, bumpers, guards and end caps, etc.
 
The interior was fully and properly restored and reupholstered including new springs and padding to flawless appearance and comfort. All new safety glass is installed, as well as all new rubber parts and gaskets. Restoration took place between August, 2006 and May 2011.
 
Driving this 1934 Buick Model 57 is like driving a modern car. Steering is light and easy - brakes are firm and positive. It is a pleasure to drive ( even nicer than our 1941 Cadillac convertible ). So many cars of this era are a chore to drive any real distance, and I was previously advised to look for a '34/'35 Buick since the "new" independent front suspension made driving a pleasure, especially when compared even to the prior year Buicks and full classics of the era. I whole-heartedly agree with this assessment.
 
The Buick was first shown at the AACA Eastern spring Meet at Stowe, VT in May of 2011 where it received its highest possible recognition at that time - First Place Junior.
The Buick was next shown at the AACA Fall Meet at Bristol, TN, September of 2011, and again received its then highest possible award - AACA Senior.
Per AACA rules, it was eligible during a subsequent year to be shown at an Annual Grand Nation Meet (AGNM), held only once each year, and was shown at the Dual Meet in Shelbyville, TN where it was awarded First Preservation, Grand National First Place, and Repeat Preservation Awards.
The Buick was next shown June 29, 2013 at the AACA Annual Grand Nation Meet  (AGNM) at Moline, Illinois where she was recognized as Senior Grand National (requires prior First Place Grand National in a prior year).
 
In short, this wonderful Buick has won every possible award for which she has been presented, but differing from so many show-cars, she is also a fantastic "Driver" as well, intentionally-so !
 
It was never our intent to sell this car, and restoration costs ($85-90,000) far exceed the insured value of $60,000, agreed to by J.C. Taylor three years ago (and probably should have been increased by now). We know that the cost to restore a car of this type (even if you could find one as straight and solid) would far exceed our insured $60,000 value, and believe this would be a fair price to ask for an exemplary offering, such as our Buick.
 
Of course I'm open to a reasonable offer.
 
As is the case with other collectors, we have more toys than we should, have moved to smaller retirement quarters, and have lost storage space. As a result, we are reducing our collection, offering this 1934 Buick (and potentially our 1970 Cadillac convertible). As a result, we are open to reasonable offers upon assurance that the Buick would be going to a good home where she would be respected and properly maintained, driven and possibly even shown.
 
EXTRA NOTE: The Buick was also upgraded by the addition of a Borg-Warner 30% overdrive by Lloyd Young of Canal-Winchester, Ohio. As a result, the 4.88:1 final-drive ratio can become a comfortable highway-cruising ratio of 3.42:1 upon demand, or can be used as original for hill climbing and descent. Utilizing the overdrive on both 2nd and 3rd gears with Lloyd Young in the car, I've even driven the big Buick as a 5-speed, although this would not be a normal mode of operation.
 
*** Several hard-to-find spare parts will be separately available, including two (2) disassembled engines with heads, crankshafts, and all internal components; complete steering column and steering wheel; one (possibly two) complete rear-ends with torque tube; other miscellaneous parts.
 
Thank you for your help in finding this great car a new home.
 
Garaged in the greater New Orleans, Louisiana area, this Buick is capable of driving cross-country comfortably at highway speeds. You may click on my name (above-left) to send me an email or to PM me through the FORUM. You may also phone me at Five Zero Four Four Five Two One Nine Five Five - Central time.

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Fabulous car with a top notch restoration, know that you will find it a good home....an excellent presentation and write-up.....I've always been impressed how a mid to late 30's Buick drives, as you mention, very nicely is an understatement....

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Thanks for the comments. This great car deserves the right home.

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We expect to have this Buick at the AACA 80th Anniversary Meet in Louisville, Kentucky in July. By the way, that Meet is inside of an Air-Conditioned facility - same place as the 75th Anniversary celebration back in June/July of  2010.

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Marty,

  

   Has your car sold yet?  I can't believe that someone hasn't jumped on this opportunity. 

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Thanks Bob,

 

There has been quite a bit of interest, but so far our 1934 Buick is still available. 

 

I expect to show it at the AACA 80th Anniversary Meet in Louisville for another Repeat Preservation, since it has already been awarded Senior Grand National status, as well as First and Repeat Preservation at prior AACA National Meets.

 

If you know of anyone who would be a good conservator for this fine Buick, please feel free to share this link and my information.

 

How is you progress on your Buick?

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The person who phoned my home - I could not understand your message or your phone number.


 


Please call again.


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Look for me and this Buick at the Louisville AACA Meet this Friday Afternoon & Saturday in Class 20-C  !!!

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Hi Dave, and thanks for asking.

 

The Louisville Meet was very well run, and was an absolute pleasure. Just imagine the entire show, the banquet, and Judges School, Team Captain School, and Judges breakfast all being held inside the magnificent Kentucky Expo Center. The facility is huge, and is entirely Air-Conditioned. An indoor car show in the summertime in Kentucky !

 

Our 1934 Buick received her AACA National Repeat Preservation Award. and was in excellent company.

 

Malcolm (Busd) Ensor was also there with his red 1936 Roadmaster 80C, and received his Senior Award. Hopefully he will show again for his First Preservation, and next year for Grand National.

 

Doug and Ronnie Seybold showed a spectacular yellow (of course!) 1940 Super Convertible Sedan. At this moment I cannot recall the name of the owner of the beautiful early McLaughlin, and there was another 1937 Buick alongside Bud's '36.

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Not yet - we seem to have been subject to Date Conflicts, but I would really like to attend. We had planned to go to Portland last year, but with the '14 (100 Year Old Car). Hopefully before too long....

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We will entertain reasonable offers toward finding a proper home for this fine Buick.

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SOLD...

 

The 1934 Buick is SOLD, and has found a new home.

 

Thanks to all for your considerate and informed comments,

 

Marty

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Congratulations, by the way did you find a cause for the Hudson overheating on the Vintage tour?

Thanks Bob, and yes, the Hudson had a buildup of crud in the block and radiator, probably from years of not doing more than an occasional cruise night. The Hudson had been a well-respected tourer for the years that Fred Long showed and toured all over the East Coast, but for the past dozen years since his passing, her use by the recent owner had not been as extensive. We did remove the freeze plugs and top return water tube and do a thorough cleaning. So far, so good, but time will tell.  

 

Thanks for asking, and thanks to Paul Kron for all the help in cleaning her out.

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What state is your car going to? 

The 1934 Buick is in Durango, Colorado this weekend, and is leaving with her new caretaker, a long-time Buick guy and AACA member in Nevada

 

In the photo, from the right are:

 

me,

 

Lyle Pearson of Colorado Springs, from whom I received the Buick in 1995,

 

and Vic Belosic, the Buick's newest caretaker, whose hand on the fender signifies his appreciation of her.

 

How often do you see three "generations" of appreciation for one of our cars?

 

Lyle got the Buick in the 1970s, passed her to me in 1995, and here we are passing her to Vic in 2015.

 

I had no idea that Lyle would be here on the VMCCA Western National Tour in Ignacio / Durango, Colorado, and Lyle didn't know that "his" Buick would be here.

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More proof that price guides are bunk and quality matters. Congrats, Marty!

 

Thanks Matt,

 

We're certain that Vic will be the proper caretaker for the Buick. He owns, and has owned several pre-war Buicks and obviously appreciates them. We took a drive in the mountains southwest of Durango, and while I'll miss this fine car, I am satisfied that she will be enjoyed and preserved as-is.

 

While not discussed publicly or on the FORUM, I received several offers and inquiries with regard to trades, and others where the conversation soon turned to "improvements" ...... the kind many of us would rather not see on great cars.

 

All said and done, a good car has found a good home, and we'll help cover our grandson's upcoming tuition - as planned.

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