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One Family Since New: 1940 Buick Special


This 1940 Buick was purchased new by the seller’s grandfather. It’s been off the road since 1977, but the motor turned over as late as 3 or 4 years ago. The seller is hoping it stays local so that they can see the car back on the road, after deciding it was too much of a project for the family to complete. The seller relates that a replacement engine was installed in 1951. The original engine would have been a 248 cubic inch straight 8, and although we don’t know what’s in there now, it is still a straight 8. The car looks complete but rough, especially the interior. We don’t know whether or not the car was stored under cover for any of that period, but the fine coating of green moss on the right hand side of the car tells me it hasn’t been indoors for a while. It’s located in Montross, Virginia and is for sale here on eBay, where the buy-it-now price is only $3,250 and lower offers are being considered. From what I can tell, the “Special” in these years was the lowest-level trim on the full-size Buick, but it still has chrome on the bumpers and grille, as well as some trim down the sides. I find this car appealing in that one would know the full history of the car and it could be sympathetically refurbished rather than a complete teardown. Look at the pictures below and tell us what you think!





  1. Avatar photo Cassidy

    With a half mossy-green “paint job”, is this car a half-sibling to a Jaguar? Nice car, very rare that it would only have one family ownership!

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