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1937 Buick Series 40 Special

The styling of the Buick Special Series 40 was modified for 1937 with several noticeable changes, mostly to the front. The 1936 Series 40 had a single grille with vertical bars; the 1937 model had horizontal bars and a divider down the center. The center section of the grille was painted to match the color of the body. The fenders were revised and given squared-off ends. Though not very visible, the height was lowered by nearly 2 inches, with the interior room remaining nearly the same due to the floors being lowered as well.

There were eight body styles to select from, including the convertible phaeton, sport coupe, business coupe and convertible coupe. There was also a two- and four-door touring sedan available with an optional rear trunk. The most popular Series 40 bodystyle - also Buicks most popular vehicle for 1937 - was the four-door Touring Sedan with the trunk. Pricing for this vehicle was $1020. This placed in competition with the Packard 120C, Oldsmobile L-37, and the Pontiac Deluxe Series 26.

Powering the Series 40 was an inline overhead-valve Eight-cylinder engine that offered 100 horsepower. It had a three-speed sliding gear transmission with floor shift controls and a single dry plate clutch and shaft drive. The car rode on pressed steel wheels and braking was handled by four-wheel hydraulic drums. Options included a heater, defroster, dual side-mounted tires, white sidewall tires, and a grille guard. A dash installed radio with a built-in speaker could also be added for an additional fee.

Mechanical improvements to the 1937 Series 40 included a new oil pump and improved overhead valve mechanism which was much quieter than the previous version. The intake valves were updated and the cooling system was improved.

The Series 40 had a wheelbase that measured 122 inches, up from 118 inches the prior year.


By Daniel Vaughan | Jun 2011

Related Reading : Buick Series 40 History

Buick introduced the Series 40 in 1930 as a replacement for the Series 116. The Series 40 rode on a 118-inch wheelbase and powered by a 258 cubic-inch six-cylinder engine which produced 80 horsepower. Braking was through mechanical drums found on all four corners. The suspension was comprised of semi-elliptic springs and Lovejoy hydraulic shock absorbers. During its first year, there were six body....
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Price Comparison

1937 Series 40 Special
$1,302-$12,075
1937 Buick Series 40 Special Price Range: $895 - $1,302

Other 1937 Buick Models

Series 40 Special

Year
Production
Wheelbase
Engine
Prices
113,097
118.00 in.
8 cyl., 223.00 CID., 93.00hp
$765 - $885
152,773
122.00 in.
8 cyl., 248.00 CID., 100.00hp
$895 - $1,302
130,838
122.00 in.
8 cyl., 248.00 CID., 107.00hp
$945 - $1,406
166,349
121.00 in.
8 cyl., 233.36 CID., 95.00hp
8 cyl., 248.00 CID., 107.00hp
$849 - $1,406
112,974
121.00 in.
8 cyl., 248.00 CID., 107.00hp
$895 - $1,355
238,618
121.00 in.
8 cyl., 248.00 CID., 115.00hp
$735 - $1,463
34,870
121.00 in.
8 cyl., 248.00 CID., 110.00hp
$1,020 - $1,450

Industry Production

#1#2#3Buick
1942Chevrolet (254,885)Ford (160,432)Plymouth (152,427)92,573
1941Chevrolet (1,008,976)Ford (691,455)Plymouth (522,080)278,784
1940Chevrolet (764,616)Ford (541,896)Plymouth (430,208)278,784
1939Chevrolet (577,278)Ford (487,031)Plymouth (423,850)208,259
1938Chevrolet (465,158)Ford (410,263)Plymouth (285,704)168,689
1937Chevrolet (815,375)Ford (765,933)Plymouth (566,128)220,346
1936Ford (930,778)Chevrolet (918,278)Plymouth (520,025)168,596
1935Ford (820,253)Chevrolet (548,215)Plymouth (350,884)53,249
1934Ford (563,921)Chevrolet (551,191)Plymouth (321,171)71,009
1933Chevrolet (486,261)Ford (334,969)Plymouth (298,557)46,924
1932Chevrolet (313,404)Ford (210,824)Plymouth (186,106)56,790

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