Handsome, correct restoration of a rare car. 2007 AACA National First Prize winner. Runs and drives superbly, ready to go anywhere, anytime. Beautiful original color combination.
We don’t know much of its early history, but it eventually ended up out in Arizona where it received a frame-off restoration and subsequently won its AACA National First Prize award in 2007. It has been restored in its original color combination of English Green with a green leather interior and tan top, all of which is verified by the trim tag on the cowl. The restoration was quite nicely done, and while it is no longer perfect and in show condition, it’s just about ideal for touring and showing at the local level. The paint is extremely well done and holding up well and I’d be hard pressed to name any flaws off the top of my headThe doors were carefully assembled to the body so they close and latch without a big slam and the unique side-opening hood does not need a lot of wrestling to get it open or closed. There’s a deep shine to the finish that looks entirely appropriate, and there’s no metallic in it to distract from the correct 1940s look. And while you may not have previously considered a green car, this one is just gorgeous from any angle. You won’t find many that are prettier.
The chrome was all restored at the same time as the rest of the car and remains in very good to excellent condition. Most of Buick’s trim in 1941 was made of “pot metal” which tends to degrade and pit over the years, but the ornamentation on this Super remains crisp and sharp, suggesting good base stock to begin with. The hood ornament is crisp, the lovely little Buick shields above the headlights are highly detailed, and the SUPER lettering on the hood pulls still has sharp edges. This was not a cut-rate chrome job. It’s also worth noting that this car is loaded with accessories, including a set of GM-logo fog lamps (functional), a driver’s side spotlight (also functional), and a full set of bumper ends, also known as “elephant ears,” which are very difficult to find and probably worth $1500 all by themselves.
The beautifully tailored green leather interior is pretty much as it would have been when the car was new. The hides on the front seat might be a little more supple than what they were doing in 1941, but I don’t think anyone will complain about the seats being TOO comfortable. All Buicks received those wonderful engine-turned panels for the instruments and glove box lid, and they were obviously restored with the correct pattern and finish. All the plastics were likewise restored, including the big ivory steering wheel. The gauges themselves are probably original and showing some deterioration, most notably the ammeter, but they all work except the speedometer which we’re investigating. The radio and clock, as expected, are not functioning, but all the lights, turn signals, horn, and other features are working as intended. Seat belts were added for safety and I’m betting nobody has ever sat in the back seat, which looks like new. There’s a tan canvas convertible top that folds easily and shows some minor signs of age, but if you’re using this car correctly, you’ll only need it for emergencies and it will otherwise live under the matching tan boot. Buicks also came with rather massive trunks, with this Super offering correct fabric upholstery, a full-sized spare tire assembly, and a complete tool set with jack.
Buick’s overhead valve straight-8 engines reached the pinnacle of development in 1941 as well, with the Super offering a 248 cubic inch version that’s as smooth as an electric motor. Experts will note that this car does not have the Compound Carburetion that was standard equipment on Supers in 1941, and it was likely removed during WWII to help save on fuel (there’s a gas rationing sticker still on the windshield). It starts instantly, idles so smoothly and silently that you have to look at the oil pressure gauge to be sure it’s running, and the dual carbs only add 10 horsepower, so it would be unlikely to make a difference you could actually feel in the real world. It’s properly detailed with “Fireball” decals on the valve covers, an accessory oil filter, and a proper cloth wiring harness. There are signs of having been driven and enjoyed since its award-winning days, but there’s no shame in that. It’s a no-vices old car that just works the way it should.
The three-speed manual transmission was rebuilt during the restoration and has tight throws that reflect careful attention to getting the linkage just right. There’s plenty of power on tap around town and it pulls to 50-55 MPH easily and it’ll cruise there all day without issues. There are 4.11 gears in back which make the engine feel energetic around town and allows you to just loaf around in high gear, minimizing shifting. The suspension was rebuilt, and the shocks are supple, the exhaust system is hushed, and the brakes are quite effective despite being manual drums. Correct 16-inch wheels were just finished with correct cream-colored pinstripes, trim rings, and Buick hubcaps for a dressed-up look and carry proper Firestone wide whites.
I obviously love this car. It gets everything right and it’s just beautiful to look at and a joy to drive. Add in the excellent mechanicals and unusual color combination and you get a car that stops traffic everywhere it goes and will always be something you look forward to driving. In short, it will do all the things we want our hobby cars to do. Call today!
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