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Hi - I live in England and just bought my first ever classic car- I was smitten with the 1939 Buick 40 special- straight Eight. The right hand drive version for UK market was manufactured in Canada. 
They were given the name Viceroy. We’re they also known by this name in US?

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4 hours ago, Kev Draper said:

Hi - I live in England and just bought my first ever classic car- I was smitten with the 1939 Buick 40 special- straight Eight. The right hand drive version for UK market was manufactured in Canada. 
They were given the name Viceroy. We’re they also known by this name in US?

Welcome to the world of 1939 Buick's. Did see it on the auction site.

In USA its a model 41 - Special

Canadian built 1939 have a different numbering system for chassis and engine.

Some small differences from USA models. Wheels will be 6 stud if Canadian (USA 5 stud). Interior is different

Photo of the data plate in the cowl & engine serial number will help it more.

As you probably know the paint scheme is not original. Side mount spare wheels and side lights are an uncommon option.

1939 series 40 Special & 60 Century Buick's have a lot of 1 year only parts. The drive line is 1 year only design

I maintain a list of RHD 1939 Buick's.

 

Link--->https://forums.aaca.org/topic/207201-39-buick-team-membership/

 

You could join the Buick Club of America-->https://www.buickclub.org/

 

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From other info I have on this car has a Canadian chassis number and a 342xxxx engine number (like other UK 1939's)

 

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Well done, you could also consider joining the Buick Club of NSW for more contact with RHD Buicks, also consider having a look at the Pre-war Buick magazine which is available for free via the Buick Club of Queensland website, tell John Forster I sent you.

 

Cheers

 

Paul White

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4 hours ago, Paul White said:

Well done, you could also consider joining the Buick Club of NSW for more contact with RHD Buicks, also consider having a look at the Pre-war Buick magazine which is available for free via the Buick Club of Queensland website, tell John Forster I sent you.

 

Cheers

 

Paul White

 

13 hours ago, 1939_Buick said:

Welcome to the world of 1939 Buick's. Did see it on the auction site.

In USA its a model 41 - Special

Canadian built 1939 have a different numbering system for chassis and engine.

Some small differences from USA models. Wheels will be 6 stud if Canadian (USA 5 stud). Interior is different

Photo of the data plate in the cowl & engine serial number will help it more.

As you probably know the paint scheme is not original. Side mount spare wheels and side lights are an uncommon option.

1939 series 40 Special & 60 Century Buick's have a lot of 1 year only parts. The drive line is 1 year only design

I maintain a list of RHD 1939 Buick's.

 

Link--->https://forums.aaca.org/topic/207201-39-buick-team-membership/

 

You could join the Buick Club of America-->https://www.buickclub.org/

 

Edit

From other info I have on this car has a Canadian chassis number and a 342xxxx engine number (like other UK 1939's)

 

Correct Paul - the engine number is 3421681 . I’m just about to order a new water pump from ‘American Auto Spares’ based in UK. I will join some Buick clubs - seems as though there’s quite a fan base base out there?!

 

 

4 hours ago, Paul White said:

Well done, you could also consider joining the Buick Club of NSW for more contact with RHD Buicks, also consider having a look at the Pre-war Buick magazine which is available for free via the Buick Club of Queensland website, tell John Forster I sent you.

 

Cheers

 

Paul White

 

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You do not need to join an AU Buick club to subscribe to the AU pre war e-magazine. Each AU state has a independent Buick club.

http://buickcarclubaustralia.com/aussie-pre-war-buicks/

 

Also a mail group https://groups.io/g/1937and1938Buicks

 

Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/1192739244251545/about/

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