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Original Brass: 1911 Buick Touring Model 33

1911 Buick Touring Model 33

Automotive interests shift as time passes. Many cars are popular today because they fill the memories of people’s youth. As those individuals eventually pass away though, there’s no one left to carry the torch. We have seen this happen with pre-war cars. All but the most sought after cars are being forgotten. That’s sad, but it could also present an opportunity for those of us who can appreciate something historic without having all the memories. Maybe I’m strange, but I love the idea of owning a brass era or earlier car. If you agree, may I suggest this 1911 Buick found here on the Horseless Carriage Club’s site for your next adventure. It’s claimed to still be wearing its original paint and upholstery! I bet there are plenty of old timers out there too who would happy to have you pick up where they will eventually leave off.


  1. Charles

    Sweet! Jessie, you’re not the only one who has no memories but loves the era.

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  2. Van

    I love these
    Can you drive it without major failures.
    The kind that brakes parts you can’t get.
    I don’t want to decide between a Briggs and Staton or an LS1
    It should stay original if you don’t need Jay Lenos money

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  3. MH

    This is one of the better finds lately I would have to say. Most everyone only cares for muscle cars. Not me. I would rather have this any day.

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  4. DRV

    Having sat on 1922 leather lately makes me wonder what has happened to the tanning process.
    This is my kind of car to pull into a show with.

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  5. A.J.

    “any cars are popular today because they fill the memories of people’s youth. As those individuals eventually pass away though, there’s no one left to carry the torch.”

    This is a popular but very misguided piece of conventional wisdom. It gets repeated so often that it is assumed to be fact. The brass era hobby is very strong. What is weak is marginal cars (many of which you post for some reason).

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    • Jesse Mortensen Jesse Staff

      I understand that there are people into brass era cars, but there is no denying the fact that nostalgia has a big influence on the hobby.

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    • AlphaRoaming

      I would say there are “fewer” people to carry the torch, not “nobody”.. With the exception of the serious rarities, prices inevitably decline after the middle age buyers acquire the cars of their high school dreams. The cars from the 50’s and early 60’s have already peaked in their collector bases. It’s a predictable rolling cycle of ~35-40 year old cars.

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      • Jesse Mortensen Jesse Staff

        I didn’t mean that no one is into these cars. There are just fewer people than there used to be.

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    • Roseland Pete

      I think it’s more than just conventional wisdom and happens across other collectibles, not just cars.

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  6. Matt Tritt

    Great find!. If you go to the Horseless Carriage Club site and scroll through the listings, you will find a beautifull 1913 Buick roadster for just $4,000. more – with complete top and everything. What a gem!

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  7. Dave Wright

    Magnificent car…….I would do a clean up restoration and list it with the movie car agencies. Buicks were wonderful high quality cars worthy of preservation.

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  8. Van

    I just checked out this Web sight.
    It’s great
    I think I need Clive Cussler to tell me witch one to get

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  9. Chris In Australia

    No need to convert it to RHD. I’d love one of these too.

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    • Matt Tritt

      I think that there are at least a couple RHD cars lited on the HCCA site, and one down there in Oz. I can’t think of too many things that are more fun than tooling down back roads in a really early car. You don’t have to go fast, since sitting out in the open gives the feel of more than enough speed. Not to mention that you have to devote 100% of your attention to keeping on the road and avoid hitting things that might be on it – kind of like driving a huge motorcycle that you don’t need to lean through the corners on. Plus, the seat height gives an excellent view as things go slowly by. Just avoid driving at night and/or in the rain and there’s nothing like it. :-)

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  10. grant

    Personally, I love stuff like this. My favorites are late 60’s Fords, but I’m realistically priced out of most of them. But I also like model A’s, and they seem to be fairly reasonable. This is seriously cool. Living history. Thanks Jesse.

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  11. Van

    The picture of this with a driver make it look small.
    If interest has passed for brass cars maybe the price will drop on some good cars.
    I’ll take one.

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  12. A.J.

    Somebody that saw this car when they were in high school was born about 1895 and most died 35-40 years ago. The GOOD cars of every era are just as collectable as they ever were. The 90% every day runner (i.e. crappy) – I agree is not. I know nothing about Brass cars other than the good stuff – engines bigger than 300 cubes – sells very well.

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