Buick’s lineup for 1914 consisted of just the Series B, albeit somewhat confusingly, the Series B was made up of a variety of sub models; the B-24 and B-25, which shared a 105 inch wheelbase and a 165 cubic inch four-cylinder engine. Next, the B-35, B-37 and the fully enclosed B-38 coupe, which featured a 112-inch wheelbase and a slightly larger 221 cubic inch four cylinder. The commonality between all Series B Buicks was the valve-in-head engine design and its iconic exposed valvetrain. Just over 21,000 Buicks found homes in 1914, demonstrating ever growing strength of Buick and the increased demand from the middle class for more powerful and well equipped motorcars.
This 1914 Buick B-24 is a very presentable example that has been treated to a restoration some time ago, with extensive service records dating back to 2013. Two-tone red and white paint gives it a handsome and striking look. This example shows polished brass headlamps, wheel hub covers and trim. A Buick branded moto-meter sits on top of the red painted radiator. Black wall tires are fitted to the split rim artillery wheels, with good condition wooden spokes painted white to match the main body. A spare engine is included in the purchase of this example.
The interior is inviting, with lovely old black leather showing some light creasing and patina that is consistent with the remainder of the car. Instrumentation is of course limited for a car of this era, but the basics are covered with a period correct Stewart speedometer which adorns the firewall. The fat wood rimmed steering wheel is excellent, with controls for throttle and spark advance.
This lovely old Buick is a charmer, and a fairly rare example from GM’s early days. This B Series is a great choice for Horseless Carriage Club of America tours, AACA events or casual shows. The more conventional controls and sliding-fork gearbox make it more approachable for newcomers to nickel-era cars, and the addition of electric start makes it easy to live with for regular use or long-distance journeys.
Offered at $28,000