1938 RoadMaster 81F Formal Sedan
Mileage: not totally sure
Location: Oakland CA 94605
1938 Buick Road Master Formal Sedan 81F
245 built, 12 known to survive, only 3 not in museums.
Very Rare item.
A formal sedan has a divider window between the front and back seat (as in limousine). This car has a great history as a Naval Officer staff car during WW2 at the great lakes naval training center. Mechanically the car is in good shape. It is 99.99% complete. The only known missing parts are the lids of the back seat ash trays. It has a radio, Heater and clocks in both the front and back seats. It had dual side mounts with covers. The most desirable years for Buicks are 1936-1938, and 1940. They represent a major transition in automobile technology. This car does need some upholstery and paint to bring it up to snuff. I have owned the car since 1986 (22 Years). I toured it all around California in the 80’s and it ran like a rabbit. The car has just had a total rebuild of the break system all wheel cylinders, and master were resleeved with Brass liners, new springs etc. The car runs and has the year of Manufacture license plates. My situation has changed and I need to get it to a good home where someone has the money and energy to spiff it up as it deserves. With the extremely small number of survivors of the specific model it is a jewel to behold,
The engine is 141hp maximum@ 3600 RPM , 320.2cu.in. Buick Valve in Head overhead valve straight eight-cylinder engine, it has one downdraft Stromberg carburetor, Transmission is three-speed manual synchronized transmission, with independent front and semi-floating rear suspension with semi-elliptic leaf springs, four-wheel hydraulic brakes (resleeved with Brass miners). The Wheelbase: on the Roadmaster is longer than the smaller models at 133. The car drives well for its age and with some TLC could reemerge as the show stopper it is. The car was shown at St Mary’s, Palo Alto and Silverado Concours dElegance and the Annual Art Deco society events at the Dunsmuir House in Oakland in the 80’s and 90’s. Given it’s history and rarity and its completeness I am asking $22,000 US Dollars.
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