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For sale: 1940 Buick Other

Technical specifications

Item location:
Lithia Springs, Georgia, United States
Engine size:
Straight 8
Interior color:
Vehicle Title:
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This 1940 Buick Series 80 Limited represents a huge amount of car for the money. It's got one of the most powerful eight-cylinder engines you could buy in 1940, he most sophisticated suspension of the era, nd it's recognized as a Full Classic by the Classic Car Club of America (CCCA) so it's eligible for all the big events. If you want a pre-war car that you can really drive and enjoy, here aren't many bigger bangs for the buck than a Buick Limited.Restored a few years ago, ou can imagine the bill for straightening this much sheetmetal. The 80-Series cars were the second-largest in Buick's lineup in 1940, xceeded only by the gargantuan 90-Series limousines, ut that's just overkill. Sidemounts appeared for the last time, nd the 80-Series cars were the only ones big enough to carry them gracefully, o they look fantastic, iving the car an old-world elegance that would vanish in the jet age. The burgundy paint is exactly the right choice for a formal car like this, andsome but not flashy and always timeless, o you'll look as good driving this car in 20 years as you do today. All four doors open and close with a reassuring solidity that only an old car can deliver and the view down that long, ong hood is worth the price of admission all by itself. Chrome and stainless trim can be insanely expensive to restore on one of these cars, o you'll be relieved to know that it's all in very good condition, specially the pot-metal grille and parking light housings, hich are always the first to show pitting. This is a really nice car.The interior was designed for the owner/driver, ot a chauffeur, o you got lots of space for the family, omfortable gray broadcloth upholstery, nd a tasteful look. All the upholstery was new when the car was restored and today shows only very minor wear. The plastic steering wheel tended to deteriorate over time (plastics were still in their infancy in 1940 and didn't stand up to UV rays very well), o it has obviously been restored at some point, lthough the gauge faces, hich are made out of the same stuff, ook to be original. The lovely woodgrained dashboard and garnish moldings are actually painted steel and the instrument panel's gorgeous engine-turned panels are in excellent condition. The only possible demerit inside is the trunk, hich is a bit discolored, ut it's massive enough for a two-week vacation with the whole family.Buick's 248 cubic inch straight-8 engine made 110 horsepower in 1940, hich was quite a bit for 1940. But where the big Buick really works well is torque, nd this big sedan will crawl along at idle in high gear, early silent, nd accelerate smoothly without bucking. That's torque working for you. The black engine isn't quite correct for 1940, ut it does wear a proper air cleaner, -barrel carburetor, nd "Dynaflash" decals on the valve cover. You'll also note the cold air hose, he factory oil filter, nd twin horns up on the firewall. It starts easily and has a wonderful eight-cylinder exhaust note that's uniquely different from a familiar V8. The 3-speed manual transmission shifts easily and has light clutch action and the suspension feels buttoned-down and the ride is superlative. Manual drum brakes are reasonably powerful and you'll be shocked by just how clean this car is underneath. Wow! Big 16-inch Lester wide whites give it that old-school look that everyone loves.You can't get more pre-war car for your dollar than this big Buick. If you like how it looks, ou're going to love how it drives. Call today!

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