One of 235 Convertible Phaetons produced in 1940!
CCCA Full Classic eligible!
Comprehensive restoration completed in 2004 and beautifully maintained since!
One of General Motors’ finest and most reliable engines ever produced!
Gorgeous pre war classic Buick!
This classic Buick is highly original and one that would be fantastic for touring. In addition, this beautify is also CCCA recognized as a Full Classic! An excellent classic car investment piece for any serious collector!
Finished in factory code correct 544- Royal Maroon exterior over a matching Maroon leather interior with a Tan Stayfast cloth convertible top accented by maroon piping. Under the hood resides a highly detailed 320ci Dynaflash Inline 8 engine mated to the 3-speed column-shift transmission. Features include full dash instrumentation, turn signals, AM radio with cowl-mounted antenna, vacuum wipers, dual outside mirrors, fog lights with amber lenses, rear interior courtesy lamps, and chrome Buick hubcaps and trim rings. Accessories include front & rear seatbelts, locking gas door, 235/75R15 radial whitewall tires by Diamond Back, and front bumper mini flag holder.
This particular Roadmaster Convertible Phaeton is a testament to how well these Buicks were built and how well a car can survive, given the proper care. A very well documented example from new, it sold originally in southern Virginia and stayed with the original owner well into the 1960’s.
It remained in that region when a Richmond, Virginia collector, Jim Wamsley, was able to buy it in 1974 from a dealer using it for business advertising. It would receive its first amateur restoration soon afterward and then be used as a very reliable driver for club events and driving tours, including the 1998 Glidden Tour 53rd Revival Tour. That owner of 27 years would finally sell it in December 2001 to Savannah, Georgia Buick enthusiast, Robert Minis, who continued to love and care for the classic very well.
Affectionately known as “Ruby,” the new owner raved about her mechanical prowess and dependability on Buick Driver Enthusiast (BDE) tours and elected to drive it for a couple years just as he bought it. Over time, it began to show its age once again, and after meeting restorers John & Joyce Williams on one such driving event, he was convinced it would be worthwhile to perform a comprehensive restoration to the exterior paint, chrome brightwork, dash presentation, and engine compartment. The results remain very impressive today!
It continued to participate in BDE tours, Buick National Meets, several Regional events, and parades under Minis’ ownership. It would even have a small feature in The Buick Bugle September 2007 highlighting the special production of 1940-1941 Buick Convertible Phaetons, not to mention their incredible cost of $1,775 when brand new!
In 2001 it received a new battery, new Pertronix electronic ignition, plug wires & distributor cap; new engine oil & filter, rebuilt Stromberg carburetor with fresh float & fuel filter, completely new braking system from the master cylinder out to each wheel cylinder, front & rear hoses, shoes & spring hardware, and adjustment screws. Included in the sale of this Buick is a very nice accessory set of Samsonite luggage in the trunk, a Buick tool roll kit, convertible top center section storage bags, owner’s manual, shop manual, service manual, parts catalogs, and lubrication chart.