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1934 Series 60 Convertible Phaeton

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This car appeared at a local show today first time out after a comprehensive restoration.  It was the only Series 60 to be imported to New Zealand in 1934 and probably one of very few left with right hand drive.  Most of its ownership history is known and it has survived mostly unmolested but required a lot of work to get it to this condition.  Even though it was an expensive exercise I think you would all agree that the owner should be proud of the result.

 

On the other side of the tent was a 1932 Cadillac V12 roadster. Unlike the Buick it is a more recent import - though about 30 years ago - and retains left hand drive.

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Spectacular car! Nice '59 El Camino next to it, too.

The restoration company had several other cars there which they had restored, mostly 60s Americans, but I didn't take photos.

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I met the owner of this beautiful car when we both attended the 2008 Australian Buick National Meet held in Queensland. I saw photos of it before the restoration and I think it was dark blue. I had my recently restored ( in 2008 ) 1934 Holden bodied Series 40 Buick Roadster for the Meet and Post Tour and he was particularly taken by the colour, but I didn't realise how taken with it until I saw the posted photo of his finished car. 

 

A truly magnificent looking vehicle - thanks for posting.

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I met the owner of this beautiful car when we both attended the 2008 Australian Buick National Meet held in Queensland. I saw photos of it before the restoration and I think it was dark blue. I had my recently restored ( in 2008 ) 1934 Holden bodied Series 40 Buick Roadster for the Meet and Post Tour and he was particularly taken by the colour, but I didn't realise how taken with it until I saw the posted photo of his finished car. 

 

A truly magnificent looking vehicle - thanks for posting.

The phaeton spent most of its later years painted dark green but a quick look at the reverse side of the side mounted spare wheels revealed its original maroon colour.

 

By the way I have a 1934 Holden bodied Series 40 sedan which has been in my family since it was imported to NZ just after WW2.  I learnt to drive in it but it has been off the road since the late 1960s and unfortunately, even though it is fairly complete, the cost of restoration would far outweigh its value. I have not seen any more of them but I believe it is one of three of these in NZ.

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Beautiful car and really happy the gentleman committed to the restoration.

 

Chuck

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Guys

Glorious car and looks beautifully done in the photo. Is I think a model 68C, 4 door convertible phaeton with built in Trunk, Standard Catalog of Buick Ed by  R Kowalke lists production in 1934 as 444 units, price when new $1675 US.  Terry Dunhams' Book on the History of Buick lists of 444  of model 68C  made, a total of 143 were exported either as complete cars or stripped chassis.

 

How many of these  were RHD remains unknown by my sources to hand.I do not know if the exported models included Canada, or if the Canadian Buicks were only the McLaughlin Buicks. 

 

Either way a rare car and if a shop did a lot of the work I know how much a car of this quality would cost and it will make your eyes water at least and maybe cause divorce as well. Well done to the owner for securing a rare part of New Zealand's motoring history

 

nzcarnerd:  there was a 1934 series 40 sedan advertised last year on TradeMe . It looked from the photos to be in reasonable order. It was listed at the time at $70,000.00 and was located in Kingston in Southland NZ. I was keen to go and look at it when I was nearby last year but was over ruled by the minster for war and finance (aka Mrs Anzac Buick). I do not know if it sold at all or was just withdrawn from sale.

 

cheers

Andrew 

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Andrew, that 1934 sedan seems to have gone from trade me.  I don't know whether or not it was sold.  I think it was a Model 47 flatback sedan of which there were about 70 imported and assembled in NZ in 1934/35.

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