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1938 Buick Series 80 Roadmaster Sport Phaeton / 83480369 Vehicle Information

1938 Buick Series 80 Roadmaster photograph

1938 Buick Series 80 Roadmaster
Sold for $84,700 at 2018 Worldwide Auctioneers : Pacific Grove Auction.
The Buick model lineup for 1938 included the Special, Century, Limited, and Roadmaster offered on a variety of wheelbases, engine output, body styles, and prices for customers to select. Charles Chayne was the engineering manager at Buick and he tended to the mechanical details. The vehicle designs reflected the increasing influence of Harley Earl's Art and Color Department throughout General Motors.

For 1938, Chayne made refinements to Buick's Dynaflash overhead-valve straight eight, replaced the I-beam with a strengthened X-member frame, and introduced the full coil spring suspension. 1938 was also the last year that the Roadmaster and Limited Series would use wood in body construction.

The refinement made to the vehicles and the investments in tooling for steel panels, even for such low production lines, helped solidify the marque's hold on fourth place in the Detroit sales race, a position it would hold for years to come. Despite an overall market slump, Buick enjoyed a good sales year with over 170,000 cars sold.

This particular Roadmaster Model 80C four-door Sport Phaeton is one of 350 examples built. It was treated to a body-off restoration in 2013 that cost in excess of $150,000. Over the past two years, it has been driven just five miles and a total of 50 miles since the restoration.

This Buick has covered dual side-mounted spare tires, bullet-shaped headlights and parking lights, dual spotlights, contrasting color-keyed steel wheels with bright hubcaps and trim rings surrounding period-style wide whitewall tires. The exterior is finished in Titian Maroon paint with a tan canvas convertible top and accessory boot for top-down driving. The engine is a 320 cubic-inch Dynaflash overhead valve straight-8 engine offering 141 horsepower. There is a three-speed manual transmission and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes.


By Daniel Vaughan | Sep 2018



2018 Worldwide Auctioneers : Pacific Grove Auction

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $80,000-USD $100,000 
Sale Price :
USD $84,700

1938 Buick Series 80 Roadmaster Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1938 sales)
1938 Buick Roadmaster Series 80C Sport Phaeton
Chassis#: 13347682
Sold for USD$52,640
  2021 Bonhams : The Scottsdale Auction
 
1938 Buick Series 80C Roadmaster Sport Phaeton
Chassis#: 83480369
Sold for USD$84,700
  2018 Worldwide Auctioneers : Pacific Grove Auction
1938 Buick Series 80 Roadmaster image  
1938 Buick Series 81 Roadmaster Touring Sedan with Trunkback
Sold for USD$32,450
  2015 Auctions America - Auburn Spring
 
1938 Buick Roadmaster Touring Sedan with Trunkback
Sold for USD$22,275
  2015 Auctions America - Fort Lauderdale
 
1938 Buick Model 80C Roadmster
Sold for USD$56,100
  2011 Worldwide Auctioneers - The Houston Classic Weekend
 
1938 Buick Model 80C Roadmaster
Sold for USD$56,100
  2011 Worldwide Auctioneers - The Houston Classic Weekend
 
1938 Buick Roadmaster Us Army Staff Car
Sold for USD$4,800
  2011 Mecum Auctions - Kissimmee, FL Auction
 
1938 Buick Roadmaster US Army Staff Car
Sold for USD$8,750
  2010 Mecum - Kissimee Auction
 
1938 Buick Limited Series 80 Opera Brougham
Chassis#: 83486795
Sold for USD$506,000
  2009 Pebble Beach Auction : Gooding & Company
1938 Buick Series 80 Roadmaster image  1938 Buick Series 80 Roadmaster image  
1938 Buick Roadmaster Series 80
Chassis#: 13383019
Sold for USD$72,600
  2009 Worldwide Auctioneers : The Houston Classic Auction
1938 Buick Series 80 Roadmaster image  1938 Buick Series 80 Roadmaster image  
1938 Buick Roadmaster Convertible Sedan
Sold for USD$57,200
  2007 Worldwide Auctions - Sterling McCall 2007
 
1938 Buick Series 80 Opera Brougham
Chassis#: 83486795
Sold for USD$275,000
  2004 Vintage Motor Cars at Amelia Island
1938 Buick Series 80 Roadmaster image  1938 Buick Series 80 Roadmaster image  
1938 BUICK 80 SERIES PHAETON
Sold for USD$52,000
  2002 Kruse Auction - Auburn, IN
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1938 Buick Series 80 Roadmaster's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1938 Buick Century Series 80 Sedan 2012 Shannons Sydney Autumn Classic   

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Buick Series 80 Roadmaster Vehicle Profiles
Sport Phaeton
Buick Series 80 Roadmaster Sport Phaeton

Model Year: 1938
Sport Phaeton
Buick Series 80 Roadmaster Sport Phaeton

Chassis Num: 13383019
Model Year: 1938
Profile and Auction History
Sport Phaeton
Buick Series 80 Roadmaster Sport Phaeton

Chassis Num: 83480369
Model Year: 1938
Profile and Auction History

Opera Brougham
Buick Series 80 Roadmaster Opera Brougham

Coachbuilder: Fernandez & Darrin
Chassis Num: 83486795
Model Year: 1938
Profile and Auction History
Sport Phaeton


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