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1938 Buick Series 40 Special Convertible Phaeton / 13290457 Vehicle Information

1938 Buick Series 40 Special photograph

1938 Buick Series 40 Special photograph

1938 Buick Series 40 Special photograph

1938 Buick Series 40 Special photograph

1938 Buick Series 40 Special photograph

1938 Buick Series 40 Special photograph

1938 Buick Series 40 Special photograph

1938 Buick Series 40 Special photograph

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Sold for $60,500 at 2014 RM Auctions - Automobiles of Arizona.
This Buick Special Phaeton is one of 776 Style 38-4449 Phaetons built in the Series 40 Special lineup. It is equipped with the $80 semi-automatic Safety Transmission, which was arguably 'The General's' first attempt at obsoleting manual shift. Only six so-equipped examples survive, this being the only phaeton among them.

This Phaeton was used for many years by a family in Lake Forest, Illinois as a summer vehicle. After its duties were complete, it was put into storage where it lay for 3 decades, until being disinterred around 1999. At that time, it was an untouched original, aside from a repaint in black.

The car was purchased by a Texan who commissioned a professional restoration. John Sobers of Stone Ranch Motors in Colorado was chosen for his expertise with the rare semi-automatic transmission. To date, they have rebuilt four out of the six transmissions from the surviving cars.

After the owner fell into ill health, Sobers acquired the car and worked on the project over the next dozen years. The car was finished in the correct original shade of Code 518 Titian Maroon, while the interior was re-upholstered by Sun Valley Classics, using correct, antique-grain Red leather with Maroon piping.


By Daniel Vaughan | Jan 2014



2014 RM Auctions - Automobiles of Arizona

Sale Price :
USD $60,500

1938 Buick Series 40 Special Auction Sales

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(Data based on Model Year 1938 sales)
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1938 Buick Series 40 Special image  1938 Buick Series 40 Special image  
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1938 Buick Series 40 Special image  1938 Buick Series 40 Special image  
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1938 Buick Series 40 Special image  1938 Buick Series 40 Special image  
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1938 Buick Series 40 Special image  1938 Buick Series 40 Special image  
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  2009 Automobiles of Arizona
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1938 Buick Series 40 Special's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1938 BUICK SPECIAL 2021 Carlisle Auctions : Spring   
1938 Buick Business Coupe 2020 Mecum : Indy$31,000  
1938 Buick 8 Special trunk-back Coupe133772042020 Bonhams MPH March Auction   
1938 Buick Coupe 2019 Collector Car Productions The Manitoba No Reserve Collection$45,000  
1938 BUICK SPECIAL COUPE232456382018 Premier Auction Group$31,000  
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 Business Coupe86266930032011 Silver Portland$12,000  
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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1938 Buick Series 40 Special vehicle thumbnail image  1938 Buick Series 40 Special vehicle thumbnail image  
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Buick Series 40 Special Vehicle Profiles
Sedan
Buick Series 40 Special Sedan

Model Year: 1936
Sport Coupe
Buick Series 40 Special Sport Coupe

Model Year: 1936
Sport Coupe
Buick Series 40 Special Sport Coupe

Model Year: 1936
Profile

Victoria Coupe
Buick Series 40 Special Victoria Coupe

Chassis Num: 2921779
Model Year: 1936
40C Convertible Phaeton
Buick Series 40 Special 40C Convertible Phaeton

Model Year: 1937
Touring Sedan
Buick Series 40 Special Touring Sedan

Model Year: 1937

Convertible Phaeton
Buick Series 40 Special Convertible Phaeton

Model Year: 1938
Profile
Drop Head Sport Sedan
Buick Series 40 Special Drop Head Sport Sedan

Model Year: 1938
Profile
Sport Sedan
Buick Series 40 Special Sport Sedan

Model Year: 1938
Profile

Touring Sedan
Buick Series 40 Special Touring Sedan

Model Year: 1938
Convertible Coupe
Buick Series 40 Special Convertible Coupe

Coachbuilder: Fisher
Model Year: 1938
Convertible Coupe
Buick Series 40 Special Convertible Coupe

Coachbuilder: Fisher
Chassis Num: 13272028
Engine Num: 2878284
Model Year: 1938
Profile and Auction History

Convertible Phaeton
Buick Series 40 Special Convertible Phaeton

Chassis Num: 13279428
Model Year: 1938
Profile and Auction History
Convertible Phaeton
Buick Series 40 Special Convertible Phaeton

Chassis Num: 13290457
Model Year: 1938
Profile and Auction History
Sport Coupe
Buick Series 40 Special Sport Coupe

Chassis Num: 23306533
Model Year: 1938

Special Opera Coupe
Buick Series 40 Special Special Opera Coupe

Chassis Num: 33307949
Model Year: 1938
Profile and Auction History
Convertible Coupe
Buick Series 40 Special Convertible Coupe

Coachbuilder: Fisher
Chassis Num: 43521879L3340099
Model Year: 1938
Profile and Auction History
Convertible Sport Phaeton
Buick Series 40 Special Convertible Sport Phaeton

Chassis Num: 13418437
Model Year: 1939
Profile and Auction History

Touring Sedan
Buick Series 40 Special Touring Sedan

Model Year: 1940
Profile
Touring Sedan
Buick Series 40 Special Touring Sedan

Model Year: 1940
Profile
Convertible Phaeton
Buick Series 40 Special Convertible Phaeton

Chassis Num: 13730566
Model Year: 1940
Profile and Auction History

Estate Woody Wagon
Buick Series 40 Special Estate Woody Wagon

Model Year: 1941
Profile
Estate Woody Wagon
Buick Series 40 Special Estate Woody Wagon

Model Year: 1941
Estate Woody Wagon
Buick Series 40 Special Estate Woody Wagon

Model Year: 1941
Profile

Sedanet
Buick Series 40 Special Sedanet

Chassis Num: 34187515
Engine Num: 4400021
Model Year: 1941
Profile and Auction History
Estate Wagon
Buick Series 40 Special Estate Wagon

Model Year: 1942
Profile
Estate Wagon
Buick Series 40 Special Estate Wagon

Chassis Num: 14364415
Model Year: 1942
Profile and Auction History


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