1937 Buick Special Series 40
The fundamental nature of hot-rodding has always been a reworking
of old parts into something newer and faster. Hot-rodding as a
philosophy of building vehicles has existed since before World War
I. The earliest efforts of the pioneers who created the automobile
strongly resemble hot-rodding, but because they weren't working
from used, mass-produced parts, they don't quite fit the mold.
According to our consignor, this car in the form of an all steel
Buick Special Series 40 from 1937, is not a trailer queen and is
always driven to shows. He is moving on and has a hot nut for a Tri
Five bowtie, or a first generation Camaro, or a 69 to 72 Chevelle.
So now this beauty can be yours, just show up and make an offer,
but it should be near the asking price because it's a super
A 5 window coupe titled in PA in 1993 where it arrived from New
York state where our consigner states he has it on good information
the car was done by a gentleman named Doug Harding. What he can
verify is it's an all steel rust free body, that it's painted in
two tone 1993 Chevy truck colors of teal and silver. The door
handles and trunk lid are shaved and now a push button actuates
them. This sexy streamliner leads off with a V shaped teal colored
horizontal ribbed grille with bullet style headlight casings
flanking on either side. These nestle in between a huge piece of
metal which is called a hood, and the rounded exterior fenders.
Below is a shiny bumper that has small turn signal lights attached
to the top of it. The bulbous front and rear fenders are attached
in their center with a running board which is covered in ribbed
rubber. Fenders and the lower part of this car are in the teal.
Uppers are in the silver and both are shiny and noble showing an 8
out of a possible 10 as to their gleam and glisten. On the back the
rounded swooping down curved tail houses the trunk lid and the
fenders melt into this area just above the bumper. Frenched
taillights are deep within this roll pan and another shiny bumper
below is hanging on. The roofline is the same nice rounded line and
a split glass rear window is noted. 15 inch polished 5 spoke torque
thrust wheels are on all 4 corners and are wrapped in like new
black wall rubber. Some fancy airbrushing is adorning the cowl
venting upfront and it shows as a feather wrapped in some blue
flourish lines. Also of interest are some etchings on the rear
glass. Step inside the back seat and I'll show you my "etchings"!
A swing of the two-tone exterior doors and inside we are greeted
with a mild three tone suede door panel featuring a smooth suede
panel above, then a lighter vertical tuck and roll panel, and a
slightly darker lower suede strip. Billet handles are now on, and
these have black accenting on the mounting screws and handle tips.
Inside 2 overstuffed tan broadcloth bucket seats have tufted
bolsters and tuck and roll inserts. The driver's seat has power
movements, and seatbelts. In back is a simple park bench styled
rear seat with more broadcloth covering the interior side surfaces.
Tan carpeting is flooding the floors. Upfront a central armrest is
between the buckets. The dash is full metal jacket bathed in the
teal and sports an organized cluster of white faced VDO gauges.
Fronting the dash is an adjustable column topped with a two-tone
silver and blue with billet centers drilled and a chromed half horn
ring. Vintage A/C and heat are in, but no defrost. On the floor is
a plastic cup holder/storage unit and just above in the center dash
is now a Clarion head unit which blasts out tunes from AM/FM or
CD's. Above a suede headliner is nice and tight.
Lifting the side cowls reveals some engine bling in the form of a
350ci V8 engine with electronic ignition. This bay is illuminated
when the head lighting is turned on. On top is a shiny Edelbrock
4-barrel carburetor and on back a reliable TH350 3-speed automatic.
Power gets pushed rearward through a 10-bolt rear pumpkin thanks to
a 1980 Monte Carlo.
No rust is noted under here, and the suspension is now courtesy of
a 1957 front clip with 2 inch drop spindles. This front independent
coil sprung suspension along with the power disc brakes has been
performed by Borneman's Restorations several years ago. On the back
are leaf springs and drum brakes. Dual exhaust is nice and clean
and Magnaflow mufflers are attached to add up to a melodious
exhaust sound not too loud, but you know it's there!
She fired right up and off to the test track where performance was
simply impressive. Great standstill acceleration, snappy steering
and handling, and bias free braking. The interior seating was just
right for this writer, baby bear, and all functions are working
A top 40 Award from St Joseph's Show, nice paint and some updated
suspension and steering and it's off to the races, or at least show
where you can clutter your mantelpiece at home, and rest assured
contently that a nice work of automotive art sits in your
garage...Life is good!
Classic Auto Mall is a 336,000-square foot classic and special
interest automobile showroom, featuring over 600 vehicles for sale
with showroom space for up to 1,000 vehicles. Also, a 400 vehicle
barn find collection is on display.
This vehicle is located in our showroom in Morgantown,
Pennsylvania, conveniently located just 1-hour west of Philadelphia
on the I-76 Pennsylvania Turnpike. The website is
www.classicautomall.com and our phone number is (888) 227-0914.
Please contact us anytime for more information or to come see the
vehicle in person.