1938 Buick Series 40 Special / 13290457 Chassis Information

Convertible Phaeton
Chassis Num: 13290457
Sold for $60,500 at 2014 RM Sothebys.
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

Chassis# 13290457

2014 RM Auctions - Automobiles of Arizona
Sale Price : $60,500

Analysis

Chassis number 13290457 Auction Sales History
2014$60,500

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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