Offered for Sale by the California Automobile Museum
This 1936 Buick Century is very solid and is a great driver vehicle. It would also be a great candidate for a complete restoration as it is complete. The mileage is believed to be original.
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This Buick presents well and the body is very solid. It appears that the car has been repainted and the section from the windshield forward was painted a second time. Both of which were done before the current owner purchased the vehicle in 2002. It appears that the front left fender may have been damaged and repaired as the rib down the front from the clearance light forward was removed. It appears that the repair was metal finished and there does not appear to be any bondo in the area and the underneath is smooth as well. There is some cracks in the paint in the rear section of the car, these may be where the top was welded and leaded as it is the same on both sides (pictured). The body is very solid and the doors open and close solidly as well. The wood in the body seems to be in good shape as the doors do not sag when opened. The chrome trim is in good shape. There are a couple of strips in between the front fender and the grill that were removed for fear of falling off and are in a box in the trunk area. The grill is in very good shape and does not appear to have any cracks. The grill does have some slight pitting. The bumpers are straight and are in good overall shape. The glass is all complete but there are some pieces that are starting to delaminate.
The interior appears to be all original. The seats are complete and for their age are in pretty good shape. The only places where the seats are coming apart are on the base (pictured). The piping along the front seat has some wear on it from getting in and out of the vehicle. The headliner is complete and in good condition. The carpet in the rear section is worn as to be expected but it does not have any holes and is complete.
The door panels are also original and do have some wear on the lower sections. The dash is in good condition and all of the trim is present. All of the gauges appear to work as they should but I was told that the gas gauge is intermittent and may be due to the sending unit. All of the interior trim is complete.
This Buick runs well and the motor is strong. The carburetor will probably need to be rebuilt as there is a slight hesitation if you step on the throttle fast. The vehicle has not been driven all that much the past year and a half or so and a thorough tune-up wouldn't hurt. The transmission shifts well and the clutch has a good feel. The rear end was rebuilt in 2003. The brakes work well but the left front brake hangs up a little when you are backing up and does make some noise when braking. The vehicle does come with some spare brake parts i.e., springs and wheel cylinder cups. The electrical system seems to be sound. The lights work as they should. The gauges work correctly except for the fuel gauge which is intermittent and the owners suspect the sending unit. I did find that the front right control arm has been welded (pictured), it was repaired when the current owners bought the vehicle and they have never had any trouble with it. The left rear window is not connected to the track and will need to me repaired in order to roll it up and down.
This Buick is in overall good condition. The owners believe that they are the 7th owners of this vehicle and only the first 2 are not known. The owners do have correspondence letters from the 3rd owner and know the names of all of the others.
The current owners would love to find it a home that will love and enjoy it as much as the past owners have.