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1940 Buick Special Series 40

The effects of the Depression were wearing off in 1940, and Buick made the most of the American economy's newfound strength and renewed confidence, achieving its best sales year ever, its 310,995 units during the calendar year putting it in fourth place in US auto production after Ford, Chevrolet and Plymouth. The '40 Buick's design made no small contribution, with headlights faired into the front fenders, a prominent horizontally-barred grille and pontoon fenders. Buick offered unusual value for money with its Special models, offering the 248 cubic inch 'valve-in-head' 107hp inline eight cylinder engine in four body styles for under $1,000 at the factory. The convertible coupe was only slightly more, $1,077, and Buick delivered 3,664 of them. This 1940 Buick Special convertible coupe has benefited from a complete restoration to very good touring standards. It is equipped with Lorraine fog lights, a radio and clock and is presented in Sequoia Cream over red leather, dark red carpets and a tan cloth top, a popular color scheme of the time. The top and boot cover are piped in red to match the upholstery and it is nicely dressed up with hubcaps, trim rings and whitewall tires. Books and a workshop manual come with it. The workmanship is high quality, including the wood grain dashboard, engine turned instrument panel, detailed engine, engine bay and trunk. It has been driven some since the restoration, not only mellowing its appearance but also demonstrating its functionality. It will be proudly driven and shown in local events.


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