Unfinished Project: Original 1940 Buick

This 1940 Buick two door coupe looks very original. It was purchased by the current owner from a long time previous owner in 2006, and was intended to be a father-son restoration project. Unfortunately, the father was injured and unable to continue the project. Now the car is for sale here on eBay with a buy it now of $6,800 and offers being solicited lower than that. It’s located in Deer Park, New York.

The car really looks straight with some surface rust, most of which has had primer sprayed on at some point. There is some sort of ding on the driver’s side running board.

The worst of the surface rust is on the passenger side. The seller also tells us that there is a hole in the floor boards behind the passenger seat. Thankfully they included that picture so that you can evaluate it from a distance.

The original interior looks a bit tired. I actually think the water stains on the door panels are pretty cool looking, but yes, eventually I’d make them either look right by dying or replace them altogether.

The original engine used to run until the current owner accidentally pinched an ignition wire between the hood and the cowl. I’m guessing it wouldn’t take a whole lot to get it running properly again. And if you want to do that, the seller is including a great set of manuals!

I love the “How to get the best out of your 1940 Buick” book! I’m guessing that’s an owners manual, but it’s certainly a unique way of titling it! When you look over this whole package, wouldn’t you really rather have a Buick?


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  1. JW454

    Well, the She Devil didn’t last too long. I wonder if it sold.

  2. Anthony

    Seemed like a reasonable price for the car

  3. Mike Williams

    I almost got me one when I was only 16. I wonder how my life would have been different.

  4. Ric Parrish

    I did get one when I was 16, my great aunt gave it to me, had 20,000 miles on it. 1940 Sports Coupe. Joined a gang, spent the next 40 years in stir, oh no that’s not right, I don’t think we had any gangs in 1962, at least not in Iowa. Of course I wish I had it today…..

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