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1941 Buick Series 90 Limited news, pictures, specifications, and information
Limousine
 
In the early thirties, Harlow 'Red' Curtice of General Motors inaugurated a program to make Buick the GM forerunner for styling and performance. Model numbers were replaced by dynamic-sounding model names as $65 million was spent upgrading production facilities. Chief engineer Charles Chayne responded with innovations like all-around coil spring suspension, semiautomatic transmissions, and 'Dynaflash' engines. For 1941, there were two in-line eight-cylinder engines; the 'light eight' which was used in the smaller chassis cars, and the 'big eight,' which was used in the larger cars as well as in the Century model, a 'muscle' car of its day, with the big engine in the small chassis. With 320.8 cubic-inches, the 'big eight' produced 165 hp, sufficient to move the 4,760-pound limousine at speeds of up to 80 mph. There were 669 examples of this car produced in 1941, at a list price of $2,465.
By Daniel Vaughan | Mar 2007
 
This car was one of the last Limited Phaetons built by Buick in 1940. It is number 225 of 230 produced. This classic Buick started its service in the New York and New Jersey area and was used by the Gambino family. The car traveled westward to Arizona and Nevada, from where it was retrieved and returned to Ohio from a complete restoration by its current owner.
Touring Sedan
Chassis Num: 13985923
 
Sold for $28,600 at 2010 Gooding & Company.
This Limited Touring Sedan has had only three owners since new. The original owner was a physician from Detroit. In the late 1980s or early 1990s, the car was acquired by a Buick enthusiast and club member who resided in Illinois. During that time, the car was given a partial restoration that returned the interior to as-new condition. In the late 1990s, the car was purchased by its current owner.

The current owner has given the car a professional restoration. The work was carried out over the months between January and April, 1994.

In 2010, this car was offered for sale at Gooding & Company's Scottsdale Auction in Arizona. It was estimated to sell for $30,000 - $40,000. The lot was sold for the sum of $28,600, inclusive of buyer's premium.

By Daniel Vaughan | Mar 2010
Considered to be the only Buicks that gained recognition by the Classic Car Club of America of Full Classics, the series 90 that were produced during 1931 to 1942 are also the most luxurious cars ever produced by Buick.

Only 3,006 of the total 369,831 automobiles produced in 1941 by Buick, were Series 90, and only 605 were limousines.

At the gargantuan weight of nearly 4760 pounds, 90 Series was built on a 138'(11.5 feet) - 139' wheelbase. With a completely odd body frame, the paintwork was done at a very high standard with excellent chrome finish. It featured an optional radio and clock with tan broadcloth upholstery with chrome and wood-graining accents.

Built by the Buick Motor Division of General Motors in Flint, Michigan between 1936 and 1942, the Buick Limited was a continuance of Buick's long wheelbase premium Series 90 automobile line. The Limited again resurfaced during the model year 1958.

The most costly Buicks in production, the ‘Limited' name was used to denote those models that featured a high level of trim along with standard options in its various model ranges.

The Buick Limited Sedan was showcase in the 1941 Roadmaster and Limited catalog issue by General Motors and was a continuance of the Series 90's.

Considered to be technically superior to their predecessors, these sleek models offered luxurious features that were incomparable on other vehicles.

All-steel passenger compartment tops that were fashioned from GM's Turret Top design, all improved hydraulic safety-braking system, adapted engine colling system, imroved front suspension and alloy engine pistons.

Achieving the lowest sales of Buick's entire model range, the Limited was an aptly appropriate title for the most prestigious of vehicles that were unfortunately limited to Touring sedans and limousines. In 1936 when production of the Series 90 began, sales reached 4,086, and by 1943 during a abreviated model year from September 1941 until January 1942, sales had plunged to 636 units sold.

The wheel base was stretched to 140' in 1938, and the wooden structural members were replaced with steel. This made the Limited and the Roadmaster the final Buick passenger cars that would rely on wood components.

A substantial redesign was occuring in Buick automobiles during 1938, however the Limited retained in 1938 body based on its ‘limited' status.

Cadillac exuctives were clamouring behind the scenes to remove the Limited from the market as it was infringing on their production. The Limited was priced at the nearly the same amount as the Imperial Sedan (limousine) produced by Cadillac.

The Limited's four-door hardtop sedan began at a base price of $5,112 which was $221 higher than Cadillac's extended deck Series Sixty-two four-door hardtop sedan.

However, Buick argued that the Limited production barely averaged 1,561 vehicles per year compared to Cadillac's production rate of 13,335 for the Series Sixty-two.

The Limited continued to by produced until the beginning of World War II. Following the War, the Limited nameplate was dropped along with the extended wheelbase models.

In 1958, the Limited series was resureccted in as the Ultimate Buick for the model year.

General Motors chose to update their 1957 Buick and Oldsmobile automobiles by decorating them in copious amounts of chrome. Featuring Buick's 'Dynastar' grille, the Buick Limited reflected the maximum amount of light with it a cast of 158 chrome squares.

Additional features were also added to the 1957 model included three emblems that bore a stylized 'V'. A medallion was placed on the hood, and the other two were placed as gun-sight fender-toppers. Quad headlights were added, along with broad chrome panels attached to the rear quarter panels that joined the sweep-spear side trim that had been a styling standard on Buick models since 1949. Truck lids also receivevd two chrome grips along with tail lights that were housed in massive chrome housings.

At the end of the 1958 model year, Buick dropped the Limited nameplate and replaced the vehicle with the Buick Electra 225.

In 1965 the Limited name resurfaced as a trim option for the Electra 225 Custome model as well as trim options for several other models for the year.

Buick continued to designate various models with the highest level of trim 'Limited' in a model range that continued until 2006.

By Jessica Donaldson
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