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1936 Special in Sequoia Cream Not Mine


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https://pittsburgh.craigslist.org/cto/d/1936-buick-2-door-sedan-barn-find-from/7208574926.html

 

Poster's Notes:  Normally I am not posting projects but this appears to be originally Sequoia Cream and anybody that is a car friend of mine knows I love browns, golds, creams.....

 

Plus it's my favorite 2 door body style with that big back window.   

 

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Very solid body. Straight eight. Currently not running due to long term storage. Original banjo steering wheel is busted. Complete except for air cleaner. Needs full restoration. Would make a great street rod or restoration project. In our opinion, too nice for a rat rod. Flesh tone color. Please text or call Gary at 304-281-two6four2 or 713-553-nine9three5.

 

 

 

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"BARN FIND FROM ARIZONA" for sale in WV: - Seller bought it cheap and wants to flip it quick for a good profit.

"Barn find" is another $1000 to the selling price

Dry climate Arizona is another $1000 to the selling price

 

Arizona to WV is ~2000 miles

 

1936 paint code 420 is black  http://paintref.com/cgi-bin/colorcodedisplay.cgi?model=Buick&year=1936&con=oy

 

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Looks like well-weathered, and none-too-carefully applied, Corot Beige. Very cool body style (I think they called it a "Victoria Coupe"), but you'd have to REALLY like the body style to tackle this one. Looks like parts to me, and $6K is pretty rich for parts.

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On 10/20/2020 at 9:37 AM, suchan said:

Looks like well-weathered, and none-too-carefully applied, Corot Beige. Very cool body style (I think they called it a "Victoria Coupe"), but you'd have to REALLY like the body style to tackle this one. Looks like parts to me, and $6K is pretty rich for parts.

Please explain.  Corot Beige must be an offered beige in this time frame.  

 

My interest lies in the fact that I am a big beige/tan/brown/gold fan which is different from most.    I had a 1990 Buick Reatta convertible in "Driftwood".  My favorite 1954 Buick color is Casino Beige.  (Hard to find).  I believe the 1936-1941 Buicks are beautiful in this art deco inspired Beige and I am only familiar with Sequoia Cream and not entirely sure when that name applied. 

 

This one tugs.  I love the Victoria body style in 2 door, don't care anymore if it is not a Roadmaster (I owned a 36 Roadmaster, now owned by Joel) and would repaint it in Beige anyway, BUT the seller is too optimistic and throwing darts at a board.  

 

This is one where no way do I do a restoration to preserve the value.  It would cost a fair amount to restore.  On the plus side with any 1936 Buick is that chrome is minimal cost - if the grille is decent.   Your costs revolve around mechanical restoration and interior.  

 

It's a $2000 car, sorry.  At that price, plus $1000 to ship it to Iowa, it makes some sense.  Except to my fiancé who wants "drivers only." 

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5 minutes ago, suchan said:

 

Correct - Francis Cream was used in 1936, very similar to Sequoia Cream which I don't think was used until 1937 or 1938.

 

 

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On 11/22/2020 at 12:10 AM, suchan said:

Was $6K, now $5K. 

Lots of cool one-year streamline moderne details on '36's I'd never noticed. 

Hope someone saves it from the crate engine set.

Now $4k to me.  He sent me a response to an email.  Said doors needed wood.  I guess I thought there was no wood in the doors on Specials in 1936.    I'm just not in.  I don't have $60,000 to restore it right.    That's what I don't get about the modern craigslist and to a lesser extent Facebook.  People seem to want to sell these to make money instead of saying I purchased to restore and changed my mind.  There is little evidence this seller bought to restore and then changed his mind.  

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It'd be easy to say "just wait for a better one", but they don't turn up that often, and usually at an inflated price. Last one I recall seeing was  probably a $15K car, advertised for $24K. People hear "coupe" and start seeing dollar signs. I agree, too many people are trying to turn hobbies into hustles. No one should expect to make money on their cars/stamps/coins, etc., and once someone starts thinking in those terms, all the fun goes out of it. 

Special and Century went to all, or almost all, steel bodies in '37; Roadmaster and Limited got them in '38.

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Back in '72 after I had rear ended a chicken truck stopped in the road at night with no tail lights and totaled my Volkswagen bus,  my elderly landlord offered me the choice of a '36 Special 2 door sedan in gray or a '54 Special 2 door sedan in Baffin Green, either for $250.  Realizing it would likely be my sole transportation for awhile, I chose the '54 and the rest is history. Would love to have this ol gal, and paint it gray.

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