1938 Buick Series 40 Special Vehicle Profile

Convertible Phaeton
Buick offered two industry 'firsts' for 1938; coil springs at the rear and it's Automatic Safety Transmission, which was a step in the development of the automatic transmission.

Four series were offered by Buick for 1938; the Series 40 (Special), 60 (Century), 80 (Roadmaster) and 90 (Limited). The lower-price series 40 was, by far, the biggest seller and offered eight different body styles.

The 1938 Buick Special was powered by a 248 cubic-inch inline eight-cylinder motor that developed 107 horsepower. The bodies were installed on a 122-inch wheelbase chassis.

Chassis#

No auction information available for this vehicle at this time.

Analysis

Chassis number Auction Sales History

2017 1
2016 1
2014 1
2012 3
2010 3
2009 1
2008 1
2007 3
2005 1
2004 1

YearAvg. SaleHigh Sale# of Sales
2017$19,000$19,0001
2016$8,500$8,5001
2014$60,500$60,5001
2012$41,018$57,7503
2010$51,467$66,0003
2009$44,000$44,0001
2008$60,500$60,5001
2007$57,400$77,6003
2005$21,400$21,4001
2004$36,380$36,3801

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1938 sales)
1938 Buick Special
Sold for $19,000
  2017 Mecum : Kissimmee
 
1938 Buick Special
Sold for $8,500
  2016 Mecum : Harrisburg
 
1938 Buick Special Phaeton
Chassis#: 13290457
Sold for $60,500
  2014 RM Auctions - Automobiles of Arizona
    
1938 Buick 46S Sport Coupe AACA National 1st Prize, Frame-off Restored
Sold for $39,000
  2012 Mecum - Dallas, TX
 
1938 Buick Series 40 Special Coupe
Chassis#: 23241401
Sold for $26,304
  2012 H & H Donnington Priory
 
1938 Buick Special Series 46C Convertible Coupe
Chassis#: 13272028
Sold for $57,750
  2012 Gooding and Company - The Scottsdale Auction
    
1938 Buick Special Series 46C Convertible Coupe
Sold for $59,400
  2010 Gooding and Company : The Amelia Island Auction
    
1938 Buick Special Series 46C Convertible Coupe
Chassis#: 13272028
Sold for $66,000
  2010 Gooding and Company - Scottsdale Auction
    
1938 BUICK SPECIAL
Sold for $29,000
  2010 Silver Auction - Arizona in January
 
1938 Buick Special Series 40 Convertible
Sold for $44,000
  2009 Automobiles of Arizona
 
1938 BUICK SPECIAL COUPE CUSTOM
Sold for $60,500
  2008 Barrett-Jackson - Scottsdale 2008
 
1938 Buick Series 40
Sold for $77,600
  2007 The Hilton Head Sports & Classic Car Auction
    
1938 Buick Series 40
Sold for $61,600
  2007 Gooding & Company
  
1938 Buick Series 40
Sold for $33,000
  2007 Vintage Motor Car Auction at Meadow Brook Hall
    
1938 Buick Special Sedan
Sold for $21,400
  2005 Michigan International Fall Classic Car Auction
 
1938 Buick 46S Sport Coupe
Sold for $36,380
  2004 The Florida Collector Car Auction
 
1938 Buick Special Drophead Coupe
Sold for $115,500
  2003 Vintage Motor Cars at Amelia Island
 
1938 BUICK SPECIAL CONVERTIBLE
Sold for $24,200
  2002 Kruse Auction - New Braunfels, TX
 
1938 BUICK SERIES 40 SPORT COUPE
Sold for $11,000
  2001 Kruse Auction - Dallas, TX
 

No Sale

1938 Buick Series 40 Special's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1938 Buick Special Sport Coupe233261992015 Mecum : Monterey$55,000  
1938 Buick Coupe233065332013 Mecum Auctions Monterey$32,500  
1938 Buick Special 2012 Branson Auction Spring 2012$50,000  
1938 BUICK 38 SPECIALAZ2982142011 Russo & Steele Scottsdale, Arizona   
1938 Buick Special Convertible133523422009 Greenwich Concours d'Elegance, Collectors' Motorcars and Automobilia $55,000$65,000
1938 Buick Series 40 Business Coupe132826042008 MidAmerica Auctions National Sports Center$12,500  
1938 BUICK 48 TWO DOOR SEDAN 2003 Kruse Auctions Las Vegas, NV   
1938 BUICK SPECIAL CONVERTIBLE 2003 Kruse Auction Auburn, IN$39,000  
1938 BUICK SERIES 40 SPORT COUPE 2001 Kruse Auction Auburn, IN$25,000  
1938 BUICK SPECIAL CONVERTIBLE 2001 Kruse Auction Flint, MI$22,000  

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