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For Sale: 1932 Buick Model 97
in Cleveland, Ohio

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Vintage Motor Cars Ohio
Vintage Motor Cars Ohio
26210 Emery Rd
Cleveland, OH 44128-2251
Excellent, fully-sorted tour car with high-speed gears. Older restoration that still looks and drives superbly. A great entry-level Full Classic.

This 1932 Buick Model 97 5-passenger sedan is one of those great entry-level Full Classics that is ready to tour this summer. The paint is defying its age with only a few touched-up areas and some very, very minor micro-blistering on the hood that can safely be ignored, and you’ll note upon close inspection that the red pinstripe was hand-painted and extends even into the door jambs. All the chrome is in very good condition and again defies the restoration’s age. The only possible demerits are a very minor ding in one of the headlights and the bumper ends that have been abraded by debris thrown by the tires over the years. The Mercury hood ornament shows wonderful detail, and yes, the radiator shutters are still fully operational.

The plush and expansive interior is correctly upholstered in gray whipcord that’s comfortable as well as durable. The front seat edge where the driver climbs in is the only notable wear for obvious reasons, but otherwise the upholstery is holding up remarkably well. Matching door panels look right and include map pockets for the rear seat, as well as original hardware and real wood window moldings that are in excellent condition. All the gauges are functional save for the fuel gauge, which registers full until fuel level drops below about ¼ tank, at which point it starts to drop and flicker—not entirely accurate but certainly useful for its purpose. The wooden dash panels are reproductions that are known to turn purple with age, as these have, although there’s no damage or delamination. They’re just… purple, and honestly they don’t look bad in the gray interior.

Buick’s big 344 cubic inch overhead-valve straight-eight makes 104 horsepower and feels considerably more powerful thanks to a generous torque curve. It charges up hills without a downshift and accelerates away from traffic with ease. Part of that sensation is surely due to the flipped intake manifold and a later downdraft carburetor which appears to be a Carter 2-barrel from a 1940-ish Buick, including the air cleaner. The modification was professionally done and works seamlessly, adding performance, reliability, easier serviceability, and perhaps even efficiency (all the original carburetor components, including a factory air cleaner, are included with the car should you wish to go back to a totally stock configuration).

Suspension and brake technology were advancing by leaps and bounds in the early 1930s, and this car rides smoothly over broken pavement thanks to its long 134-inch wheelbase. Of note, this car also carries high-speed rear gears, so it is happy to cruise all day at 60 MPH without strain and the wide whitewall Lester tires look recent, although their true age is unknown.

Fully-sorted Full Classics like this are a joy on the road, and this is a car that can be driven at modern speeds without worries and will never run at the back of the pack. It’s also quite handsome and well-appointed. Call today!

Pricing Information
Asking Price
or best offer
Vehicle Location

United States
City, State
Cleveland, OH
Vehicle Basics

Trim Level
5-Passenger Sedan

Odometer Reading



Vehicle Category/Style


Exterior Details

Vehicle Color(s)
Admiral Blue

Restoration History
Fully Restored

Condition of Exterior
Very Good

Interior Details


Seat Material

Restoration History
Fully Restored

Condition of Interior
Very Good

Engine Details

Engine Configuration
Straight Eight

Engine Size
344 cubic inches

Engine History

Engine Condition

Transmission Details

Transmission Type

Drive Train
Rear-wheel drive

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