The Buick 90 series for 1935 offered the 96S as the lowest-priced model at $1,875. 41 sport coupes were produced and sold in the United States and 1 was produced for export; it is believed that only one survives today. The car is powered by a 334.8-cubic-inch, inline 8-cylinder engine, developing 116 horsepower.
The present owner of this car was first seduced by the 96S Sport Coupe, with its long hood and Art Deco lines, when he saw one in a Buick advertisement when he was a young boy. Some fifty years later he found one of the only forty-one 96S coupes Buick ever built. It had been badly neglected and required a painstaking five-year restoration. During the initial phases of restoration, it became apparent that the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance was going to have a special Buick class to mark the anniversary. The decision was made to restore the 96S with the goal of display and competition at Pebble Beach.
Finished in 2003, it was shown at Pebble Beach where it won an award. It has just returned from being on exhibit at the Alfred P. Sloan Museum, in Michigan, as part of the centennial celebration of General Motors.