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Lot 85

2014   |   Amelia Island Auction 2014

1941 Buick Super Convertible

SOLD $35,200

Estimate

$60,000 - $75,000| Without Reserve

Chassis

14090337

Engine

54273518

Car Highlights

Known Ownership History from New
Single-Family Ownership for 54 Years
Original Color Combination
Legendary Buick Fireball-8 Engine
Original Dual Compound Carburetors
One of the Most Beloved Buick Designs

Technical Specs

248 CID OHV Straight-8 Engine
Dual Carter Downdraft Carburetors
125 BHP at 3,800 RPM
3-Speed Column-Shift Manual Transmission
4-Wheel Hydraulic Drum Brakes
Independent Coil-Spring Front Suspension
Semi-Floating Rear Suspension with Coil Springs
Register to Bid

This elegant 1941 Buick Convertible must certainly have made its first owner, Mr. Floyd Warner, the clerk of Jackson County, Ohio, the envy of every other motorist in the area. He loved it enough that it remained in his care for 54 years.

1941 was to be a record year for the Buick Motor Company. The automaker offered 26 distinct body styles, and would sell a total of 377,000 units, the most ever. The new Buicks were noticeably upgraded from the year before; their powerful and torquey 248 cid Fireball straight-eight engines now developed 125 hp and a stout 278 lbs. /ft of torque, thanks to new compound twin carburetion. One carburetor would operate at lower speeds, but under full throttle, the  second  carburetor  would  kick in. The transmission, a three-speed manual, was now operated by column shift. For the convenience of owners and mechanics, the hood could now be opened from either side.

Priced at $1,265 FOB Flint, the 1941 Super Convertible proved quite popular; Buick produced more than 12,000 examples, making it the industry’s second-largest manufacturer of convertibles, after Ford.

Mr. Warner is known to have driven his prized Buick sparingly until his passing in 2003. He willed the car to his nephew, and it was eventually sold to a knowledgeable Maryland collector, Mr. Eugene Poole. In 2005, Mr. Poole gave the car a sympathetic cosmetic refurbishment that included a bare-metal respray of the body in its original color of Code 563, Royal Maroon (also called Imperial Maroon on some color charts). Mr. Poole installed a new maroon leather interior and a new tan canvas folding top with correct contrasting piping. He also rebuilt the 12" drum brakes and re-chromed both bumper assemblies. All the other brightwork is described as being in good condition, including the engine-turned instrument panel and glove box cover. The plastic steering wheel is also original and presents well. The carburetors were rebuilt, but not the engine, says the consignor, because it – as Mr. Poole stated – “didn’t need it! ” The consignor declares that the engine runs beautifully. What appears to be the original undercoating also remains intact. The consignor reports that the car starts easily, runs well, and shifts smoothly. The original vacuum cylinders that operate the top still function properly. The Buick features several desirable factory options including outside rearview mirrors, Sonomatic radio, fender skirts, and back-up lights.

The convertible is accompanied by service records and numerous Ohio registration cards in the name of the original owner going back to 1950. Also included are the original jack and tools, the original owner’s manual, a workshop manual, and an original sales brochure. 1941 is a particularly beloved model year among Buick enthusiasts, and this striking Super Convertible may provide the perfect entry to the world of prewar motoring.