1938 Buick Series 40 Special

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.


by Daniel Vaughan | Apr 2019

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....
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1938 Vehicle Profiles

1938 Buick Series 40 Special vehicle information

Convertible Coupe
Coachwork: Fisher

Chassis Num: 43521879L3340099

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 19....[continue reading]

1938 Buick Series 40 Special vehicle information

Convertible Phaeton

Chassis Num: 13279428

This 1938 Buick Model 40C Phaeton was offered for sale at the 2007 Sports and Classic Car Auction presented by The Worldwide Group, in Hilton Head Island, SC where it was estimated to sell for $70,000 - $90,000. It was offered without reserve. It w....[continue reading]

1938 Buick Series 40 Special vehicle information

Drop Head Sport Sedan
Designer: Lancefield

Buicks were available in four distinct model lines for 1938: the Series 40 Special, the Series 60 Century, the Series 80 Roadmaster, and the Series 90 Limited. Some Buick collectors and aficionados consider them to be among the most handsome Buicks o....[continue reading]

1938 Buick Series 40 Special vehicle information

Special Opera Coupe

Chassis Num: 33307949

This 1938 Buick Special Series 40 Special Opera Coupe was offered for sale at the 2007 RM Auctions held at Meadow Brook. It is powered by a 248 cubic-inch engine that produces 107 horsepower which is sent to the rear wheels with the help from the thr....[continue reading]

1938 Buick Series 40 Special vehicle information

Convertible Coupe
Coachwork: Fisher

Chassis Num: 13272028
Engine Num: 2878284

The current owner purchased this 46C Special in late 1997 and gave it a comprehensive and professional restoration in September of 1999. The work took ten months and cost approximately $65,000. After the work, the car was sparingly driven and service....[continue reading]

1938 Buick Series 40 Special vehicle information

Convertible Phaeton

Buick offered two industry 'firsts' for 1938; coil springs at the rear and it's Automatic Safety Transmission, which was a step in the development of the automatic transmission. ....[continue reading]

1938 Buick Series 40 Special vehicle information

Convertible Phaeton

Chassis Num: 13290457

This Buick Special Phaeton is one of 776 Style 38-4449 Phaetons built in the Series 40 Special lineup. It is equipped with the $80 semi-automatic Safety Transmission, which was arguably 'The General's' first attempt at obsoleting manual shift. Only s....[continue reading]

1938 Buick Series 40 Special vehicle information

Sport Sedan

By the late 1930s, Buick's role in the General Motors prestige hierarchy was solidly established at number three, trailing Cadillac and LaSalle, but ranking ahead of Oldsmobile, Pontiac, and Chevrolet. It had come to be known as 'the doctor's car,' a....[continue reading]

Convertible Coupe by Fisher
Chassis #: 43521879L3340099 
Convertible Phaeton
Chassis #: 13279428 
Drop Head Sport Sedan
 
Special Opera Coupe
Chassis #: 33307949 
Convertible Coupe by Fisher
Chassis #: 13272028 
Convertible Phaeton
 
Convertible Phaeton
Chassis #: 13290457 
Sport Sedan
 


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1938 Series 40 Special
$1,406-$9,500
1938 Buick Series 40 Special Price Range: $945 - $1,406

Model Year 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
1937Ford (942,005)Chevrolet (815,375)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

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