1938 Buick Series 40 Special Convertible Coupe / 43521879L3340099 Chassis Information

1938 Buick Series 40 Special
Convertible Coupe
Coachwork: Fisher
Chassis Num: 43521879L3340099
Sold for $61,600 at 2007 Gooding & Company.
The new Buicks features an all-steel construction, a more rigid I-beam frame, front and rear stabilizer bars, a thermal circuit breaker which eliminated the need for fuses, and an Aerobat carburetor. They operated quietly and very luxurious, thanks to the aluminum rockers, and rubber shims between the body and chassis. The standard torque tubes on the live rear axle gave the car a very comfortable ride and responsive on-road behavior.

The design of the 1938 Buicks were similar to the redesigned 1937s. They had long, swept-back lines, scalloped hubcaps, and a very distinctive grille. High-quality upholstery and trim could be found in the interior, with a state-of-the-art radio in the center of the dashboard.

This Model 46C convertible was designed for open-air driving. Its original owner was Bertha F. Cox of High Point, North Carolina and delivered on December 21st of 1937. The second documented owner was Ray Elkins of Marion who took ownership around 1942. The car would remain in his care for the next 50 years until 1994. It was sold to Ned Pellell who commissioned a restoration which took two years to complete.

The engine was rebuilt and the car was stripped to bare metal. Many of the mechanical systems were rebuilt, including the brakes and electrical wiring. A new clutch was installed. The interior was treated to the same treatment, with the upholstery including the rumble seat being restored. New trim was added and the top was redone by Jenkins and Vaughn.

The car is powered by a Dynaflash 8 and is equipped with factory side mounts and a rumble seat. There is a three-speed manual gearbox and four-wheel hydraulic brakes. The 248 cubic-inch engine produces 100 horsepower and powers the rear wheels.

In 2007 it was brought to the Gooding & Company auction held in Pebble Beach, California and estimated to sell for $50,000 - $70,000 and offered without reserve. Those estimates proved nearly accurate, as the lot was sold for $61,600 including buyer's premium.
By Daniel Vaughan | Feb 2010

Chassis# 43521879L3340099

2007 Gooding & Company
Pre-Auction Estimates :$50,000-$70,000 
Sale Price : $61,600

Analysis

Chassis number 43521879L3340099 Auction Sales History
2007$61,600

2017 1
2016 1
2014 1
2012 3
2010 3
2009 1
2008 1
2007 3
2005 1
2004 1

YearAvg. SaleHigh Sale# of Sales
2017$19,000$19,0001
2016$8,500$8,5001
2014$60,500$60,5001
2012$41,018$57,7503
2010$51,467$66,0003
2009$44,000$44,0001
2008$60,500$60,5001
2007$57,400$77,6003
2005$21,400$21,4001
2004$36,380$36,3801

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1938 sales)
1938 Buick Special
Sold for $19,000
  2017 Mecum : Kissimmee
 
1938 Buick Special
Sold for $8,500
  2016 Mecum : Harrisburg
 
1938 Buick Special Phaeton
Chassis#: 13290457
Sold for $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 $39,000
  2012 Mecum - Dallas, TX
 
1938 Buick Series 40 Special Coupe
Chassis#: 23241401
Sold for $26,304
  2012 H & H Donnington Priory
 
1938 Buick Special Series 46C Convertible Coupe
Chassis#: 13272028
Sold for $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 $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 Series 46C Convertible Coupe
Chassis#: 13272028
Sold for $66,000
  2010 Gooding and Company - Scottsdale Auction
1938 Buick Series 40 Special image  1938 Buick Series 40 Special image  
1938 BUICK SPECIAL
Sold for $29,000
  2010 Silver Auction - Arizona in January
 
1938 Buick Special Series 40 Convertible
Sold for $44,000
  2009 Automobiles of Arizona
 
1938 BUICK SPECIAL COUPE CUSTOM
Sold for $60,500
  2008 Barrett-Jackson - Scottsdale 2008
 
1938 Buick Series 40
Sold for $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 $61,600
  2007 Gooding & Company
1938 Buick Series 40 Special image  
1938 Buick Series 40
Sold for $33,000
  2007 Vintage Motor Car Auction at Meadow Brook Hall
1938 Buick Series 40 Special image  1938 Buick Series 40 Special image  
1938 Buick Special Sedan
Sold for $21,400
  2005 Michigan International Fall Classic Car Auction
 
1938 Buick 46S Sport Coupe
Sold for $36,380
  2004 The Florida Collector Car Auction
 
1938 Buick Special Drophead Coupe
Sold for $115,500
  2003 Vintage Motor Cars at Amelia Island
 
1938 BUICK SPECIAL CONVERTIBLE
Sold for $24,200
  2002 Kruse Auction - New Braunfels, TX
 
1938 BUICK SERIES 40 SPORT COUPE
Sold for $11,000
  2001 Kruse Auction - Dallas, TX
 

No Sale

1938 Buick Series 40 Special's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
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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