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1938 Buick Series 40 Special

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Sold for $33,000 at 2007 Vintage Motor Car Auction at Meadow Brook Hall.
This 1938 Buick Special Series 40 Special Opera Coupe was offered for sale at the 2007 RM Auctions held at Meadow Brook. It is powered by a 248 cubic-inch engine that produces 107 horsepower which is sent to the rear wheels with the help from the three-speed manual gearbox. There are hydraulic drum brakes on all four wheels and the elegant two-door coupe body sits on a 122-inch wheelbase. This aerodynamically crafted vehicle is finished in Botticelli Blue Metallic paint and is an original factory color. It has been treated to a comprehensive restoration and was offered without reserve and estimated to sell for $40,000 - $50,000 at auction.

It is equipped with two fold down jump seats, dual side mounted spares with hard covers, radio, clock, twin driving lights, windshield wipers, and red steel wheels with chrome covers and rings wrapped in whitewall tires.

For 1938 Buick offered a broad line of vehicles including the Special, Century, Limited, and Roadmaster. This wide range of vehicles catered to many buyers' requests that ranged from engine size, price, bodystyle, and type of vehicle. Even during the market stagnation of the 1930s, Buick was able to sell 170,000 examples of their vehicles in 1938, and earned an overall fourth place within the American automobile industry in sales.

This Special Opera Coupe did find a new owner at auction with a winning bid of $33,000 including buyers premium.


By Daniel Vaughan | Feb 2010

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2007 Vintage Motor Car Auction at Meadow Brook Hall

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $40,000-USD $50,000 
Sale Price :
USD $33,000

1938 Buick Series 40 Special Auction Sales

Recent Sales of the Buick Series 40 Special

(Data based on Model Year 1938 sales)
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1938 Buick Special Sport Coupe
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1938 Buick Special
Sold for USD$17,500
  2020 GAA : July 2020
 
1938 Buick Series 40 Phaeton Convertible
Sold for USD$46,200
  2020 Mecum Auctions : Kissimmee
 
1938 BUICK SPECIAL SERIES 40 ALBEMARLE DROPHEAD COUPÉ BY CARLTON CARRIAGE COMPANY LTD.
Chassis#: 844160001
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1938 Buick Business Coupe Custom
Chassis#: 13282604
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  2019 RM Sothebys : Scottsdale Arizona
 
1938 BUICK SPECIAL SERIES 40 ALBEMARLE DROPHEAD COUPÉ BY CARLTON CARRIAGE COMPANY LTD.
Chassis#: 844160001
Sold for USD$24,112
  2018 Coys - True Greats 2018
 
1938 Buick Special
Sold for USD$39,000
  2018 Carlisle Auction : Fall Carlisle
 
1938 BUICK SPECIAL CUSTOM COUPE
Chassis#: 23370153
Sold for USD$33,000
  2018 Barrett-Jackson : Las Vegas
 
1938 Buick Special
Sold for USD$19,000
  2017 Mecum : Kissimmee
 
1938 Buick Special
Sold for USD$8,500
  2016 Mecum : Harrisburg
 
1938 Buick Special Phaeton
Chassis#: 13290457
Sold for USD$60,500
  2014 RM Auctions - Automobiles of Arizona
1938 Buick Series 40 Special image  1938 Buick Series 40 Special image  
1938 Buick Business Coupe 248/107 HP, 3-Speed
Sold for USD$36,000
  2013 Mecum - Houston, Tx
 
1938 Buick 46S Sport Coupe AACA National 1st Prize, Frame-off Restored
Sold for USD$39,000
  2012 Mecum - Dallas, TX
 
1938 Buick Series 40 Special Coupe
Chassis#: 23241401
Sold for USD$26,304
  2012 H & H Donnington Priory
 
1938 Buick Special Series 46C Convertible Coupe
Chassis#: 13272028
Sold for USD$57,750
  2012 Gooding and Company - The Scottsdale Auction
1938 Buick Series 40 Special image  1938 Buick Series 40 Special image  
1938 Buick Special Series 46C Convertible Coupe
Sold for USD$59,400
  2010 Gooding and Company : The Amelia Island Auction
1938 Buick Series 40 Special image  1938 Buick Series 40 Special image  
1938 BUICK SPECIAL
Sold for USD$29,000
  2010 Silver Auction - Arizona in January
 
1938 Buick Special Series 46C Convertible Coupe
Chassis#: 13272028
Sold for USD$66,000
  2010 Gooding and Company - Scottsdale Auction
1938 Buick Series 40 Special image  1938 Buick Series 40 Special image  

Buick Series 40 Specials That Failed To Sell At Auction

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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