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1938 BUICK ROADMASTER RHD 4DR SEDAN
For sale on behalf of the Liquidator of Premium Classic Cars Ltd. A 1938 Buick Roadmaster 4 Door Sedan Classic Car. Right Hand Drive. The history file for the car indicates that it was supplied new to the South Africa Market, and imported to the UK in 2001.
Please see the below extract from the premiumclassiccars.com website. We reproduce this information in good faith and have no reason to doubt its authenticity but we cannot guarantee its accuracy and would stress that all interested parties must rely on they own inspection and research.
"Advancements continue for 1938 Roadmaster. This was the single model year that most critics and enthusiasts agree was the pre war design pinnacle for Buick. These cars are now amongst the most prized by collectors. Visually, the 1938 model simply widened the horizontal grill bar spacing and altered the wheel covers. Less noticeable was the 2 inch increase in wheel base and side mounted spare wheels were no longer standard, but it was in the technical areas of the car that the elements so prized by collectors evolved. The power from the straight eight engine was boosted to 141 hp. This was not done with a change to the size of the combustion chamber, engineers achieved this with redesigned pistons. This improved crank case ventilation and incorporated full pressure lubrication. This was called the new Dynaflash 8. The version in 1938 incorporated so as to maximise the benefits of increased power included rear coil spring suspension and this was a domestic industry first and made use of larger more capable shock absorbers.
Roadmasters were also larger in 1938, mostly due to a new cross braced frame that shaved weight from the previous chassis. Perhaps the most significant change was the long awaited switch to an all steel body. Styling changes included the longer hood, now extending to a near vertical grill, taller bumper guards and the redesign to hubcaps. The ride was an industry first with new shock absorbers, double acting and some four times the size of any others on the market. The ''Turbulator'' pistons raised the compression ration from 5.9 to 6.5:1. By far the largest share of production went to the domestic market with export sales seeing production of right hand drive cars in Canada and key markets such as Australia, South Africa and the UK. This car offered for sale is extremely rare, being a 1938 factory RHD Roadmaster optioned to include 2 integrated wheel covers in the front wings. A stunning car in any colour, in the export colour of dark maroon, a car able to stop traffic wherever it appears. This car offered for sale like so many cars from this period has been subject to various restoration work, spread over a number of years, some 10 years ago, clearly the car had extensive work which included a full engine rebuild, since which the car has covered just 2,000 miles. It is also believed that the car was last painted in 2005 and this is evident as the shade of colour is incorrect.
The interior of the car is original with unmarked headlining. Some Chrome whilst good for the age will benefit from being re-plated and upon completing the relatively short work outlined, it is planned to repaint the car in its entirety at which point a fortunate future owner will purchase one of the very best Roadmasters in the world and so, so rare in original right hand drive. The History file for the car is excellent and includes a copy of the certificate of registration from South Africa from where the car was exported to the UK in 2001.
This is a matching numbers car, fantastically preserved (benefiting from the dry climate in South Africa) and very, very original. These cars when set up to run well, have agility with a power and weight ratio, which defies their size. Keen enthusiasts will have noted that a car such as this with quite stunning looks is designed to carry 3 adults in the front and 3 in the rear and does so with considerable comfort and ease. It is a car eligible for all manner of pre war events and able to keep pace with any number of Bentley and other pre war exotica, which presently can cost so much more. The car is ideally suited to both long distance endurance rallies and of course regularity rallies, abundant torque is well suited to mountain stages. Endurance rally enthusiasts will immediately realise the value of being able to carry 2 serviceable spare wheels and the combination of luggage capacity is represented with the very large trunk and spacious rear interior, which are ideal for long distance extended events."
Viewing: Friday 27th April 1pm-4.30pm & Monday 30th April, 10am - 5pm
Sale Closes From
6:00PM Tue 01st May 2018
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