Lee M Comer

1933 Buick Victoria Coupe Model 96

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1933 BUICK MODEL 96 VICTORIA COUPE

 

          Prior to 1933, the Buick Motorcar Company enjoyed a production output that surpassed Chevrolet, Ford, Plymouth, Pontiac and the numerous other automobile makers of the era. In 1933, Buick attempted to also outsell the luxury car line and compete with Packard’s 136-inch wheelbase five-passenger coupe that sold for $2,440 and Cadillac’s comparable 134-inch wheelbase coupe. Buick produced this Model 96 five-passenger coupe with a longer wheelbase of 138-inches and a base price of only $1,785.  This was the largest Victoria Coupe ever produced by Buick and weighed 4,520 pounds. But, when the buyers who could afford this price range were enticed to the more prestigious V-12s and V-16s of Packard, Pierce Arrow, and Lincoln, Buick discontinued the huge model after one year.

          Powered by a 345 cubic-inch straight eight engine with overhead valves and a bore and stroke of 3-5/16” and 5”, the Buick cruises at Interstate speeds. The car, with 25,000 miles, is original and mechanically unrestored. It was cosmetically reconditioned in 1989. The Duco laquer paint is original color and specs, and the upholstery is of the original wool mohair material.

          Dual horns were standard equipment for this model. Steel–spoked artillery wheels replaced the wood-spokes of earlier years. Original accessories, available at an extra charge, included the flying goddess hood ornament, dual side-mounted spare tires, dual outside mirrors with the Buick script and the rear folding luggage carrier. The only after-market accessories on the car are the pair of Trippe-Senior driving lights, an approved and rare Classic Car accessory.

         Buick produced only 557 Model 96 Victoria Coupes in 1933. Of these, only three others are known to survive today in unaltered condition. The current owners, life-long antique auto enthusiasts, searched diligently for more than a decade to find this particular car.

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Beautiful car, more photos, location and price might help create interest. 

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Not only is there no price or location shown, but nowhere does this post so much as indicate that the car is for sale.

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There was the exact same model, a 1933 Buick model 96,

for sale on this forum a year or so ago.  It was in a derelict

state, an ambitious restoration.

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Yes, that is the one I remember.  I saw the listing

on our forum, though it may have been linked to 

that particular ad.  Thanks for the recollection.

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1 hour ago, Davlet said:

Sold for 8000$

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Dav, that is not a 90 I think.

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The SEVEN units of the Buick 1933 Model 96 Victoria Coupe full classic with 138 inch wheelbase in various conditions that survived as far as I am aware. They are as follows:

 

[1]. The First example is the magenta colored one listed in the above January 2020 post by Lee M Comer. A magnificent example that appears to be in excellent condition with dual sidemounts;

 

[2]. A second example is owned by the Billionaire N. Bulgari's Model 96 in PA restored at a cost of likely over $200,000  and better than new. I think this unit came from Texas and sold to Bugari about 10+ years back. It is painted red and in 100 point condition (also with dual sidemounts);

 

[3]. The third example is the "rust bucket" pictured above which is in very bad shape with significant rust and little wood to speak about other than rotten wood. This unit has wheel wells but no extra wheels and this car is missing the parts to attach the spare wheels to the body of the car. This car uses wire wheels and is missing the interior and missing many parts.  This example likely would be a candidate for a Hot Rod or Restorod. This unit came out of  Minnesota and was likely stored in some field for 60 years before being sold in 2019. This unit is garaged currently in Sacramento and is owned by me;

 

[4]. A fourth example one garaged next to the third one (rust bucket) also located in Sacramento. The 4th unit is complete and original with all its original parts (other than a front passenger seat that is missing). This vehicle  is  unrestored (not running) and very little rust which unit is in need of a total restoration. This unit is also with side-mounts (artillery wheels not wire wheels). This unit was originally BLACK in color and was always a California car that came out of Covina CA (garaged in Covina by its former owner Richard Duffy  for 50+ years before sold in 2019). Richard is a founding member of the Buick Bugle. I also own this unit;

 

[5]. A fifth example of the 1933 Buick Model 96 being a purple "chopped top" unit with a replacement grill (modern looking and not a 1933 Buick grill). This car was owned by John & Willie Norton 25 years past. This Hotrod has modern alloy replacement wheels, modern transmission, etc. This example is difficult to tell that it ever was  a Model 96 due to the modifications. The motor is a large modern motor to be connected to the modern transmission. It was "chopped" and made into a HotRod back in the mid-1990s and featured in the October 1995 issue of a nationally known Hot Rod Magazine called "STREET RODDER". I am unsure the location of if this unit is still around. The Horsepower in the Hotrod modification (1971 Buick LaSabre 455) was so large that it could have been crashed in some race? The last known address was in New York;

 

[6]. A sixth example is supposedly garaged and is stored in Southern California (Lakewood CA by Chris & Dorran Smith). I say that because this unit was / is listed in the Buick Bugle from a few years back. I tried to call and send a letter to the owners asking if the car is still in Southern California as I would like to see the car. I received no reply.  I am not sure if this car is still in Southern California as I have not seen it and am unaware of its condition.I am not sure if this unit is the same as unit #1 above that is mentioned by Lee M Comer and was sold to Mr. Comer or if this unit is garaged in some residential area in Lakewood CA. Also Ron Bartel from Illinois used to own a 1933 Buick Model 96 (unmolested original and running) but he sold that unit in the mid-1990s to a man in Southern California. I spoke to Ron the summer of 2019. Ron can't recall the name of the buyer or the City in California where the buyer lived. It is not known if Ron sold his car to the persons (Chris & Dorran Smith) that was listed in the Buick Bugle in Southern California. Hence, unit #6 is a mystery. If Ron sold his car to someone other than Mr. & Mrs. Smith then there would be another example (number #8) to be added to my list of seven ;

 

[7]. There is a seventh example that was almost totally destroyed in a fire in Arizona and is located in a field in Phoenix Arizona. That car had much damage due to the fire and rust from being stored outside for years. It also has significant damage due to a  pole falling onto the top of the car smashing a sizable part of what was left.  The car has no hood and is missing the headlights and other major parts. The condition of this car makes the "rust bucket" that I own look great. The intense heat from the fire in my opinion together with the rust would make the metal of this car brittle and weak  which would make it difficult to bend back into shape by a restorer. I doubt this example would ever be more than "Yard Art".  Yet its owner said to me a few years back that one day he will restore this example.

 

I would like to know  what  the original February 1, 2020 post (Lee M Comer) means when he says that there are  "3 others that are in unaltered condition"? Does he refer to others not listed in my post? If yes I would like to know as I have been looking for this particular model for many years and trying to determine the units that survived.    

 

The $8,000 vehicle above posted by "alsancle" appears to be a 50 series sport coupe with rumble seat. "Davlet" post is a 1932 rumble seat coupe. 

 

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This post about the 1933 Buick Victoria Coupe was posted in the FOR SALE listing. Yet, no price or location was posted. If FOR SALE, what is the asking price? 

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I'll start the bidding at $1500.

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I might be able to squeak $2000 out of the wife as I'm broke after buying the Auburn. ;) 

Anybody want to raise it?

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12 hours ago, BucketofBolts said:

[2]. A second example is owned by the Billionaire N. Bulgari's Model 96 in PA restored at a cost of likely over $200,000  and better than new. I think this unit came from Texas and sold to Bugari about 10+ years back. It is painted red and in 100 point condition (also with dual sidemounts);

 

Mr. Bolts, are you sure that Nicola Bulgari's is a 1933?

I know he has a maroon 1934 Buick 90 series two-door,

but I've never seen the one you're describing.

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the wife and i have been talking about getting into prewar i'm good for $2,500

 

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100% N. Bulgari owns a red 1933 Buick Model 96. I have spoken to the manager of his museum and further if you "Google" the phrase Bulgari and 1933 Buick Model 96" you can see it for yourself in images. 

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Mr. Bulgari also owns a 1933 Buick Magenta colored 4-door sedan 90 series with built in trunk, a club sedan. Go to YouTube and you can see a short film on the car. Remember N. Bulgari is a Billionaire many times over and not some poor down and out millionaire with only a measly 900 hundred millions of dollars in his pocket to spend while having to pick out from his wallet his Red AARP card when he eats at "Denney's"  so he can get the 15% discount.  Mr. Bulgari makes Mr. Burns look poor.  His classic car collection is immense and significant. 

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On 2/1/2020 at 12:31 PM, lhend50 said:

Beautiful car, more photos, location and price might help create interest. 

Thanks- think I should share my post with him?

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On 2/3/2020 at 6:19 PM, BucketofBolts said:

Remember N. Bulgari is a Billionaire many times over and not some poor down and out millionaire with only a measly 900 hundred millions of dollars... 

 

Money is helpful in car collecting, but in the 

grander scheme of life it doesn't make a person happy.

And thankfully, despite all his achievements, he

must realize that.  His cars are mostly workingmen's 

cars.  They are unpretentious;  he is unpretentious.

 

From an interview for our AACA regional newsletter:

"Considering all you've done--everyone is an individual,

with different knowledge and talents and loves--what 

would you most like to be remembered for?"  He thought

the question was funny, as if he was already dead!

"You know what?" he replied, "Outside of being the collector,

it is probably the memory of being a decent human being.

That's all that counts, I guess.  The rest is secondary."

 

What a good outlook! 

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