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Lot 094: Buick 55 Master 6

Classic & Vintage Cars & Motorcycles, Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers (13 July 2011)

Buick started life in 1903 and became one of the leading US manufacturers with their Model 10 of 1908. Such was the success of this car that Buick's management started to purchase other car manufacturers, naming the holding company General Motors. Initially most of these companies were competing against each other for market share, but William C Durrant re-organised the brands so that they each appealed to a particular type of buyer. Buick remained near the top of the tree, with only Cadillac positioned above. They have always been designed to appeal to the comfortably well off who were not quite wealthy enough to purchase a Cadillac - and who probably thought them too ostentatious anyway. Their slogan was when better automobiles are built, Buick will build them!

By 1924 the Buick range had gained front wheel brakes, a detachable cylinder head and an attractive sharp edged highly distinctive radiator profile. The following year the 4 cylinder models gave way to a 3130cc 6 cylinder standard version and the 4178cc Master Six.

This 1927 Master Six has been owned by the vendor for some 10 years, during which time it has been fitted with a new hood frame, hood and sidescreens, as well as given new king pins and a thorough overhaul to the braking system. Taken off the road in 2006, the engine has been given a comprehensive bottom end rebuild by Cookes of Wigston and will need running in by its new owner.

These big Buicks are most impressive, delivering a strong performance thanks to the lusty 6 cylinder engine. This example looks excellent value at the suggested guide price, having done few miles since significant expenditure on its running gear.

Lot Details
Auction Classic & Vintage Cars & Motorcycles
Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers, Leominster, Herefordshire
TypeCar
Lot Number094
Estimate£12000-£14000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£8800
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Year1927
Condition rating0
Registration numberSV 8700
Mileage-
Chassis number1845834
Engine number198334
Engine capacity (cc)4200
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors4