The Auburn Auction

Lot 55
1922 Buick Series 22-Six Roadster

Selling on Saturday Evening

1922 Buick  Series 22-Six Roadster
Offered from The Roaring Twenties Collection

CHASSIS NO: 834899

• Well-optioned for the year
• Hidden away for several decades
• Featured in The New Yorker magazine

242 cid OHV inline six-cylinder engine, 60 HP, three-speed manual transmission with single reverse gear, semi-elliptic leaf spring suspension, full floating rear axle, rear-wheel mechanical drum brakes; wheelbase: 118”

Buick’s first six-cylinder cars, called “Buick 6", began production in 1916. Initially, a 331 cubic-inch six-cylinder engine, the series 50, had been developed for racing purposes, but this motor was dropped in favor of the smaller 242 cubic-inch Series 40 motor. With rising popularity, Buick’s 1922 models maintained the aesthetically pleasing features of the previous year, with radiators and hood lines forming a smooth, modern design. Buick carried over many other developments, including improved electric headlamps which had already been in production for several years. The well-known advertising slogan, “When Better Automobiles Are Built, Buick Will Build Them,” was adopted by Buick around this time. These early Buicks were attractively constructed and well-engineered automobiles, with astounding pep from their overhead-valve four- and six-cylinder engines and easily recognizable sculpted lines.

The Buick Series 22-Six model 44 Roadster offered from The Roaring Twenties Museum Collection is a fine example of Buick’s commitment to their tagline. The exterior is dressed in a red and black paint scheme which gives this Buick an instantly appealing look. Riding on a set of four standard Houk wire wheels, black fenders accented by red pinstriping further increase the visual appeal of this car. A matching interior, marvelously upholstered in red, a soft top, and a scrolling numeric speedometer manufactured by Van Sicklen add further value to this alluring car. Accessories include dual side-mounted cowl lamps and a rear-mounted spare tire. Under the hood is the well-known 242 cubic-inch straight-six motor equipped with overhead valves and a cast iron block. Operated by floor controls, the sliding gear transmission in this Buick is equipped with three forward gears and one reverse gear.

Featured many, many years ago in The New Yorker Magazine, this Buick reflects the ingeniousness and competitive spirit that was fostered by the leaders of the early domestic automotive industry. By responding to consumers’ desires, Buick and other manufacturers churned out some of the most highly appreciated and anticipated advancements that the transportation industry had seen to the date. Both the Antique Automobile Club of America and Veteran Motor Car Club of America recognize the 6-44 as a viable entrant. Don’t miss out on this chance to own a true piece of Buick history!

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