- Engine Size
- 248 CI
- Transmission Type
- 3 Speed Manual
1938 Buick Special
Back in the year when Errol Flynn immortalized Robin Hood, when Walt Disney dazzled the world with Snow White, when Glenn Miller music was coming into full swing, and Bingo was becoming the latest rage, the 1938 Buick Special was just about the most exciting thing this side of Lana Turner's sweater closet!
This 1938 marque mid-size Buick entry level vehicle is a wonderful running vehicle that the consigner has used for 700 to 900 mile rallies, with virtually no mechanical problems. A ride around the Classic Auto Mall complex was wonderfully smooth, with sounds of a 30's classic car transmission going up through the gears, as well as cushy suspension made it a pleasurable experience.
Patina maroon 2-Door Sedan with virtually no dents, and very minimal surface rust seen on the hood hinges covers this car. Chrome bumpers and brightwork has aged beautifully and shows well. Contrasting black bullet style headlights, and fender mounted turn signals adorn the front of the car. Black running boards integrate to the fenders, and for 1938 can be seen getting smaller. A wonderful hump back trunk compartment giver the car a nice finishing line to the back of the car. Art Deco style brightwork, handles, and grill are all in good condition. Wide white sidewall tires, virtually new, are capped by Buick nameplate moon style hubcaps. Glass is showing some de-lamination but is not severe enough to impede any driving vision.
Consigner states that interior is original camel color mohair, and there is plenty of it on both front and rear bench seats, door panels, headliner, and even door jambs have a hint of it next to the wind lace and beading. Upper door panels and dash are painted a beautiful yellow custard and highlight the camel mohair. Dash presents perfectly with the Art Deco style instrumentation, and original banjo steering wheel are working together to create the “look”. A glovebox clock, as well as creme Bakelite knob covers, and door mini panels coordinate with lush camel carpeting all in very good condition complete the interior.
The Buick Dynaflash straight eight, aka the Fireball 8, 248ci engine stretches the length of the engine bay and looks clean as a whistle. A single barrel carburetor, topped by an oil bath air filter, and a 3-speed transmission, put plenty of smooth power to the high ratio differential. Not a high-speed cruiser, but a solid combination, that allows you to go forever...until you use the hydraulic disc brakes on all 4 wheels!
This 1938 Buick Super is a very nice example of this model and year. Mechanically very sound, interior very comfortable, and great styling. Literally can be run all day and was, for rally's around the Pittsburgh area. Consigner says it may need a muffler, as its patched (see underpinning photos) but otherwise roll right out of the mall and into the late 30's where you can motor to the twin spires and witness Sea Biscuit beat War Admiral.