8 October 2014

Digging In The Crates - 1940 Buick Special Convertible

From Specialist Interest Automobiles magazine no. 194 from April 2003: a prime example of a 1940 Buick Special convertible. And before you think this is just another restored trailer queen, rolled out for the cameras in between concours shows, think again, not only is it original, but has around 150,000 miles on it's elegant speedometer.
The owners at the time (Les and Anna Lee Gordon) used it often; they had just recently finished a 5,890 mile tour across The US and part of Canada, something that must have been a distinct pleasure, especially with that creamy smooth straight-eight engine. I had the use of a 1953 Buick Super a while back for a few days; the 263ci straight-eight happily chugged along with ease all day, certainly an experience any classic car fan should seek to try.
Getting back to the car in the pics, it also seems to serve as a dictionary example of earned patina, it has dents, scratches rust, worn out parts, missing trim and metal fatigue in places. But there absolutely no doubt it also gets a ton a love from its owners.

- Amazosan

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