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Spectacular Collection of Late Pre-War Buicks for sale, upcoming Mecum auction

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Mecum's upcoming May, 2019 auction in Indianapolis lists a remarkable array of pre-war Buicks, and I assume that these might all come from the same collection.

 

Every year of Series 90 Limited is represented from 1937 - 1942, and there's a stunning 1942 Roadmaster Sedanette and a 1949 Roadmaster Estate Wagon offered as well.

 

 

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Yes, all from Del DeYoung's collection. I remember seeing the green '42 76-S at the Rochester, Minnesota BCA national meet. Wow, what a collection! Thanks for pointing this out.

Pete Phillips

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3 minutes ago, Pete Phillips said:

Yes, all from Del DeYoung's collection. I remember seeing the green '42 76-S at the Rochester, Minnesota BCA national meet. Wow, what a collection! Thanks for pointing this out.

Pete Phillips

 

Pete, I had hoped that someone here would be familiar with this collection or know the seller.  that '42 76-S is stunning!

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I think I need to go to Indianapolis and do a magazine issue comparing and contrasting each year of Limiteds! How often do you ever have six different years of them together in the same place?!!!

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15 hours ago, Pete Phillips said:

I think I need to go to Indianapolis and do a magazine issue comparing and contrasting each year of Limiteds! How often do you ever have six different years of them together in the same place?!!!

 

Excellent idea, Pete!

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 There are lots of great car collections, but I've never seen anything like this collection. Too bad it needs to be broken up.

 Keith

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I met with a fellow today who plans to have a Mustang he took in trade for sale there...I don’t see a description nor photos though yet.

 

It looks like it would be fun to attend.

 

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Wow, what a great bunch of Buicks!

 

Ironically, there is a '42 Century Sedanet going up for auction in Florida this month.

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Yabadabadoo. 

 

I second the vote for Pete going to Indy.

 

Take some BCA Membership forms and give the new owners the PWD info too!

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I now remember where I've seen these cars.

 

When Bill McLaughlin and I drove our Buicks to the national meet in Rochester, Minnesota in 2006, we were invited by Del to stop in Friesland, Wisconsin to tour his collection even though he would not be home at the time.

 

It was a +90F day and Del's building was so well insulated that it was 60F on the inside.  That's the interior of his building in the pics.  It sure felt great.  Wonderful collection.

 

The attached pic was taken on that trip on that same day we were in Friesland but this dealership is in Fox Lake, Wisconsin, just down the road from Friesland.

 

 

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Has anyone contacted Nicola Bulgari ??

Bet he could keep them together at his small shop ( LOL) .

Bill

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1937 Limited: $19,800

1938 Limited: $15,400

1939 Limited: $24,200

1940 Limited: $40,150

1941 Limited: $44,000

1942 Limited: $77,000

1942 Roadmaster: $26,400

1949 Roadmaster Wagon: $66,000

 

The only price on this list that seemed market-correct was the '41 Limited, although I'll admit I was a bidder on the '42 Limited and bailed when it crossed $40. $77,000 is almost shocking, but then again, where will you find another one? The '42 Roadmaster sedanet seems especially cheap (probably the color), as was the '38 Limited. The '40 Limited was a little eyebrow-raising on the high side, but that's a good sign that maybe these big cars are warming up. The wagon might have been a little cheap, too, but I had a blue one that I couldn't give away for $75,000 so might just be the market on high-end woodies these days.

 

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Those are interesting results.  I think whoever purchased those 1st 3 Limited ought to be very happy.    I think the 42 Limited pricing is the for 2 reasons, as stated already by Matt - rarity and that is a nice color when most of these are black.  I have looked for a 42 Limited off and on for 15 years and have only seen 3 for sale in any condition.  I personally love that over the top 42 Sedanette but color certainly held it back. 

 

I did not think I would have a chance at purchasing any of these or I might have gone and bid on those 1st 3 Limiteds to buy. I just assumed all would go for + $30,000 to $40,000.   Pete's write up will be fun to read.

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6 minutes ago, SBRMD said:

Wow, the '38 was a complete steal.

Not really. Both the '37 and the '38 had completely wrong interiors and they were both in somewhat disappointing condition, compared to the others, which were beautifully restored to near perfection. Poor paint quality; some of the glass was badly discolored; wrong door panel material; dashboards not wood-grained, etc. The buyer will have to spend a boatload of $$$ to bring them up to the condition of the other ones, if that is their goal.

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I thought the '49 model 79 was a steal. $62,000 doesn't approach the cost of restoring one of these, and this car had every nut and bolt and every piece of wood done. The only flaw I saw was an incorrect "Dyna-Flow" ornament on the rear below the tailgate (it had a '50-'52 style one). Only six of these Roadmaster wagons in the entire BCA, and only a few hundred were ever made. There will be an extensive article on these Buicks in a future Bugle magazine, but right now I can't think about it--too swamped getting ready for the national meet.

Pete Phillips, BCA #7338

Leonard, TX

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I’m happy I wasn’t there.  The Roadmaster Sedanette would have been far too tempting for the price it went for...of course, one never knows how far someone else will go to get it.  I like the colour, but that’s always a matter of personal preference.

 

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4 hours ago, Thriller said:

I’m happy I wasn’t there.  The Roadmaster Sedanette would have been far too tempting for the price it went for...of course, one never knows how far someone else will go to get it.  I like the colour, but that’s always a matter of personal preference.

 

 

 I was there!!...in Indy at least... I really thought about going over there. I wanted the '42 Limited, I would have settled for the sedanette or the '38 of course. I figured any of them would  be a several hundred thousand dollar car even at the $26K the sedanette sold for cause I either would to have bought a building or got a divorce so either way it was gonna cost me a lot more than the value of the car...😂

 

I went over to the Speedway instead and drank beer in the suite for free...all worked out...

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On 5/22/2019 at 12:37 PM, Thriller said:

I’m happy I wasn’t there.

I have to second that, Derek!

Keith

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being new to the pre-war interest and learning as i go

after reading the above i understand and see what has been said about most of the cars but am curious why does it seem the 39 was low from the pics it was much nicer than the 37-38 

but yet the price doesnt seem to reflect that. i would have expected a higher price

any ideas/info appreciated

i am actually partial to the color or does that hurt the limited series?

 

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Though my Team '39 friends here prefer their '39's, generally through the hobby 37-38 Buicks are considers a high water mark for Buick design. The 40s and 41 are also highly popular in the hobby.

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