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1942 Buick Special Series 40B Estate Wagon / 14364415 Vehicle Information

1942 Buick Special Series 40B photograph

1942 Buick Special Series 40B
Sold for $143,000 at 2017 Gooding & Company : Amelia Island.
Hollywood film director Norman McLeod's wife was asked by Buick company president Harlow Curtice why she did not have a Buick in her garage. Her response was that Buick did not have a station wagon. The first Buick estate wagon subsequently appeared soon thereafter, in mid-1940, and quickly sold out.

Two years later, in 1942, Buick introduced new styling changes throughout its range which were inspired by Harley Earl's 1938 Buick Y-Job concept car.

The Series 40B was available in several bodystyles with the estate wagon being the rarest variant, with just 327 examples built before General Motors' facilities were abruptly converted to wartime production in February 1942.

The Series 40B was powered by a Fireball DynaFlash straight-eight engine offering 115 horsepower, which was transmitted to the rear axle via a three-speed manual gearbox. The wood-paneled body was produced for Buick by Hercules of Evansville, Indiana, and, for the 1942 model year, featured fenders that extended deep into the front doors.

It is believed that approximately half of the wagons were acquired by the government and used for the war effort.

This particular example is believed to have been one of the wagons used by the U.S. government. It is believed that it was assigned to a General Arnold Milhop as a staff car, and was returned to the US after the war for use as the general's personal car for a number of years. It passed through a series of subsequent owners before coming into the care of Myron Golden of Brattleboro, Vermont, in 1994.

Mr. Golden treated the car to a no-expense-spared restoration in 1996. It was finished in seafoam green with a dark green leather interior. The work was completed in 2001 and earned a number of concours awards, including First Junior (2001), Senior (2002), and Preservation Awards at AACA shows.

Currently, only three 1942 Buick Estate Wagons are known to have survived.


By Daniel Vaughan | Apr 2017


2017 Gooding & Company : Amelia Island

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $225,000-USD $275,000 
Sale Price :
USD $143,000

1942 Buick Special Series 40B Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1942 sales)
1942 Buick Special Convertible
Sold for USD$60,500
  2019 Mecum : Kissimmee
 
1942 Buick Special Series 40B Estate Wagon
Chassis#: 14364415
Sold for USD$143,000
  2017 Gooding & Company : Amelia Island
1942 Buick Special Series 40B image  
1942 Buick 41 Special 4 Door
Sold for USD$6,600
  2017 Russo & Steele : Scottsdale Az
 
1942 Buick Special Blackout Edition
Chassis#: 1435
Sold for USD$4,600
  2013 Silver Auction - Arizona in the Fall
 
1942 Buick Special
Sold for USD$5,500
  2012 Silver Auction - Spokane
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1942 Buick Special Series 40B's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1942 Buick Special143529902013 Silver Auction DAA Big Sky$5,400  

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