Road-Ready! 1935 Buick Series 40

Stately and muscular, this 1935 Buick Series 40 in Louisville, Kentucky comes ready to roll down the road of your choice. Listed here on eBay with plenty of pictures and a decent description, the Buick has attracted over ten bids and a market price over $2000.

All the gauges and lights work on this five-passenger sedan. The windshield and side window glass is new and the front doors feature power windows. A five-foot tall shifter controls the three-speed manual transmission.

The listing offers no details describing the missing or possibly plexiglass roof panel. According to, 1935 Buicks used a wooden-framed body a final time before switching to steel for 1936. It’s amazing how much more this Series 40 resembles today’s cars than the horse carriages that cars replaced over the thirty years preceding its sale.

The perfectly balanced and well-engineered inline eight cylinder engine made 93 HP, and Buick’s sales literature claimed it could achieve 18 MPG, a dream for many full-sized SUVs. Thanks to for some details. I once saw a later Buick straight-eight with a sick twin-turbo setup, but I’d keep this one stock.

Interestingly the Series 40 body style rode on Buick’s smallest wheelbase, 117 in, and three longer options were available up to 136 inches in the seven-passenger Series 90. Ideally this well-kept Buick will continue to accumulate miles after it changes hands. How would you use it?


  1. Anthony in RI

    Cool. A 35 Buick with a panoramic sunroof!

    Like 3
  2. Kenneth Carney

    A semi daily driver–after I had the rooftop
    insert filled and the seams as well. There’s just something about an incomplete car that doesn’t instill a whole
    of confidence with me. The rest of the car is just fine except for this. There’s
    something about a hole in the roof that
    would kill the deal. Nice car folks, just
    finish it please.

    Like 1
  3. Johnmloghry Johnmloghry

    I owned a 35 Chevy standard 4 door sedan as a teenager, my Dad once owned a 35 Olds 4 door sedan that he liked really well ( my Dad was not a car guy) it was before my time ( born in 1947) but I saw pictures of it in the family album. So this Buick might be a perfect fit for me. Would put in a tinted glass roof.
    God bless America

  4. KevinLee

    The eBay doesn’t mention it, but I’m curious about the suspension, like how they lowered it.

    Like 3
  5. grant

    First lose the rake and put a roof on it. Find some decent looking wheels for it and then maybe midnight blue with a little sparkle. Not a ton of chrome here but they rattlecanned right over it, so spend a little at the platers. Stock interior with a decent hidden sound system and cruise it.

    Like 1
  6. bobhess bobhess Member

    Hole in the roof not so hot but the rest of it including the stance gets it for me.

    Like 3
  7. Sal

    Love it.

    Your killing me, grant. The fact he kept the factory wheels is the best part!

    Like 7
  8. Del

    Gangsta 😎

  9. ctmphrs

    LS swap, 4speed auto, disc brakes, would make a great driver.

  10. Joe Haska

    With the stance and wheels ,I expected late model running gear, and lots of bells and whistles. Such as some of Street Rods in the late 70’s, at many of the NSRA Events. Like Kevin ,I wondered how they lowered it.

  11. Larry Walburn

    Buick used wood frame in the body in 1936 also , working on one now , had to replace wood in it .

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