1938 Buick Series 40 Special Sport Sedan Vehicle Profile

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

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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By the late 1930s, Buick's role in the General Motors prestige hierarchy was solidly established at number three, trailing Cadillac and LaSalle, but ranking ahead of Oldsmobile, Pontiac, and Chevrolet. It had come to be known as 'the doctor's car,' an enviable nickname that reflected Buick's essence: not quite ostentatious, definitely a cut above common, and dead solid reliable - a critical factor in an era when house calls were still part of a physician's routine.

However, it's unlikely that Buicks such as this 40-Series four-door convertible saw much service with doctors. There were eight body styles in the 40 Special inventory, plus a bare chassis version for coachbuilders. All were propelled by Buick's familiar in-line eight: 248 cubic-inches in the Specials, rated for a modest 107 horsepower - not much in the Phaeton, the heavyweight of the lineup at 3,705 pounds.

This car was acquired by the current owner in 2006, ending 25 years in storage. The car was restored in 2010 by Doug Saybold's Buick shops in Elyria, Ohio. Of the 141,301 Buick Specials produced for the 1938 model year, 946 were four-door convertibles. How many have survived is unknown, but this example is just one of four registered with the Buick Club of America.


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1938 Buick Series 40 Special Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1938 sales)
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
Sold for USD$24,659
  2019 Coy's - London Classic
 
1938 Buick Business Coupe Custom
Chassis#: 13282604
Sold for USD$24,640
  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 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  
1938 Buick Special Series 40 Convertible
Sold for USD$44,000
  2009 Automobiles of Arizona
 
1938 BUICK SPECIAL COUPE CUSTOM
Sold for USD$60,500
  2008 Barrett-Jackson - Scottsdale 2008
 
1938 Buick Series 40
Sold for USD$77,600
  2007 The Hilton Head Sports & Classic Car Auction
1938 Buick Series 40 Special image  1938 Buick Series 40 Special image  
1938 Buick Series 40
Sold for USD$61,600
  2007 Gooding & Company
1938 Buick Series 40 Special image  
1938 Buick Series 40
Sold for USD$33,000
  2007 Vintage Motor Car Auction at Meadow Brook Hall
1938 Buick Series 40 Special image  1938 Buick Series 40 Special image  

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 8 Special trunk-back Coupe133772042020 Bonhams MPH March Auction   
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 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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