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$200 Yard Art? 1925 Buick Model 44


I admit, most of you will think this is scrap or yard art. Even the seller describes it as such. But look a little closer. You’ll see a 1925 Buick with it’s original engine and driveline, and some original bodywork. I can’t help but wonder what could be done with this car. Perhaps a speedster conversion with simple bodywork like this one we recently featured? The hood could be constructed from largely flat sheet metal, and enough remains of the cowl and radiator shell that they could be used. It’s possible that even the fenders are usable. I’d almost like to take this one on just so that I could eventually drive it by the seller’s place and show them what they could have done with the car! Besides, there’s no worry about harming an expensive or exquisite original, so why not? It’s located in Las Vegas, Nevada and is for sale here on eBay with an opening bid of $200 and no reserve. The seller has three other interesting looking classics up for sale as well. Pretend you had just been given this car; would you make it yard art, scrap it, or try to put it back on the road? I’m looking forward to your answers below.


  1. joeinthousandoaks

    I’ve got the Royce Moto meter radiator cap for it!

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  2. Blindmarc

    Street rod material

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  3. Rich

    That has rat rod written all over it.

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  4. MiniCooperMk1

    I like the speedster idea, but this would just add to a growing group of unfinished projects. Would love to see it on the street again, in any form.

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  5. MH

    Rat rods are terrible!!!! Such a waste of a car. I would restore it to 100% original. You would never get your money back out of it but restore it and keep it in your family forever. That’s what I would do.

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  6. 1969Deuce

    My heart is with MH, but my parts-scrounging brain hemisphere is leaning to custom roadster. Well done, either would highly groovy.


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  7. Healeymonster

    The first thing I would do is bring my hole saw to put some proper port holes on the sides.

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    Well MH nothing personnel but not all of us out there have the money to do full restos. So I would never discourage anyone for doing a rat rod because that’s all they can afford. A lot of people who do rat rods want to be out there having fun with the rest of us but cant afford a ten grand paint job and all the other goodies, so you go flat black and make it run the best you can and go cruising. Its not always about having the most beautiful car its about having fun.

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  9. Thad

    Speedster would be my choice. Maybe some type of Frankenstein…

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  10. ken barber

    I believe she would make a great custom rod.

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  11. Blake

    I have a 1953 Buick straight eight engine that would pair nicely with this cowl in a custom speedster. The price seems right, but it would cost twice that much to get it to me. Too bad it’s not in East Texas, I’d be on this one like a duck on a june bug.

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  12. Harit Trivedi

    A while ago I got a 1927 Buick McLaughlin Tourer in similar condition missing some engine ancillaries. It was undiscovered lying in a field. Bought her to be restored, luckily found most of the missing ancillaries in another lot of parts. We restore these here as true vintage cars are rare over here. Buick Canada sold cars to India as the requirement was for right hand drive cars. This car should be restored. Cheers from India

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  13. Cassidy

    The Buick is in pretty amazing condition for being stored as lawn art. The tough thing with most pre-WWII is the wood restoration. Great car that needs to be back on the road!

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  14. insanity prevails

    Started with far worse example of a 1924 M-B 6

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