New in 2007, we have produced the first models in the Buick Collection.
Over the ensuing years this range will grow to eventually represent all the standard styles and series produced by Buick during these six years. This will mean some 130 variants in total.
32 models found
The 1936 Sport Coupe utilized the same basic body as the Business Coupe but could be fitted with either a rumble seat (M-46SR) or an opera seat (M-46SO) The left-hand sidemount was a standard feature and a right-hand sidemount could be specified as an option. Both models cost just over $800 and neither made it into 1937's range.
The 1938 Sport Coupe was essentially a Business Coupe with two small opera seats behind the front seat. The model could be specified with dual sidemounts as an option. It was far less popular than the Business Coupe and just over 5,000 examples were sold, less than half the number of Business Coupes.
The 1934 Special Club Sedan was considered a very pretty car and it was chosen to head up many of Buick's advertising features that year. At just under $1,500, just over 5,000 examples were built for the home market.
After Buick's change of direction in 1936 the all-new 1937 range came as a complete surprise. Of the four lines offered the Special series was by far the biggest seller with over 163,000 finding homes. Just under 10,000 of these were 2-door Plainback sedans, a new variant for 1937.
The 1936 Buicks were the work of Harley Earl and the new looked was very favourably received. The Special Victoria Coupe M-48 was the second most popular model in the new range with just over 21,000 sales.
After the storming years of 1937 and 38 nobody expected the new look Buicks for 1939. Gone was the chiselled vertical grille to be replaced with a lower curved design. The range was a complete success...although the 2 door Touring Sedan failed to sell and only just over 500 were produced.
The Special Convertible Coupe was one of just two models offered in 1938 in this rumble-seat format, the other being the Century. Only just over 500 Centurys were built with almost 2,500 Specials finding homes.
The Phaeton sold in limited numbers with only just over 200 sales. Effectively this was the last year for the fastback Phaeton as only three examples with this styling were sold the following year. At just over $1,700 it was the most expensive model in the Century line-up.
The Special Touring Sedan featured a trunk back that was billed as 'a jumbo luggage comparetment'. At just under $900, nearly 16,000 examples were built.
Date Deleted: October 1, 2011
Harley Earl's new 1936 Buicks had a great impact on the car-buying public, taking the marque up to sixth place in the sales race. At just under $900, the Special Sedan found over 77,000 homes.
The M-46 Business Coupe was Buick's entry level model at just over $900 all in. With a large luggage capacity the model sold well with nearly 14,000 being built.
Date Deleted: July 1, 2011
Buick's 1939 range was a great surprise. Nobody expected such radical changes after the barn-storming 1938s. Not all fared well in sales, however, with the Century Convertible Coupe registering under 800 buyers for the year.
At over $2,000 the 90L Limousine was an imposing vehicle. Just over 250 were sold at home and just 150 exported.
A beautiful car that failed to sell in large numbers.
Another very large car in Buick's line-up. 120 were sold.
The 1939 Buicks were a complete surprise with brand new styling.
The Century was the year's biggest seller.
A sleek sedan that sold well at a price of less than $1,000 with over 22,000 customers.
The beautiful Phaeton sold well considering its $300 dollar premium over the 2 door convertible.
Date Deleted: July 9, 2010
For 1938, the Buick line followed with very subtle changes about the new styling engaged in 1937: It was merely a facelift: A more vertical grille with larger horizontal bars allowing a longer hood, a set of redesigned hubcaps and new bumpers.
For 1938, the Special Model 41 Touring Sedan is the most popular Buick with a total production of 79,510 units and Buick goes up to the 4th place in the auto industry despite a decrease in production from the previous year.
The Series 40 engine was now a mere 100 horsepower mill, thanks to a displacement increase to 248 cubic inches and many improved internal components. The wheelbase was increased to 122 inches.
The Touring Sedan was now a full steel body adapted to a large production volume. The production of this body style hit a record high of 82,440 units for a total of 163,149 Specials of all eight body styles including export and chassis. Buick became in sixth place in the American car industry for 1937.
The 96-S was a new body style for the top of the line 90 Series Buick. The interior was upholstered in plush mohair velvet and the only interior option was a dealer installed radio. Factory options were a luggage rack and either a metal spare tire cover or side mounts. The base price was $ 1875.00. Riding on a wheelbase of 136 inches, the 96-S Coupe weight was 4546 pounds and 137 left the factory during the production year.
The 96-S Coupe was now a “Limited” as per the designation of the series and this body style was dropped after only 41 units were produced early in the model year. The cost was still $1875.00 and the option list still much the same with side mounts, steel tire covers, luggage rack and two tone paint options. The 334 cubic-inches straight eight engine was unchanged and still rated at 116 horsepower.