The Auburn Auction

Lot 3
1940 Buick Special Series 40 Business Coupe
OFFERED WITHOUT RESERVE


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1940 Buick  Special Series 40 Business Coupe
Offered from The Roaring Twenties Collection

CHASSIS NO: 13703676

• Two-door, five-passenger coupe with full-width rear seat
• The Special Series 40 with 121-inch wheelbase
• Reliable Dynaflash valve-in-head straight eight
• Rare dual side mount and fender skirt options


248 cid OHV inline eight-cylinder engine, 107 HP, three-speed column shift manual transmission, front independent suspension, live rear axle, four-wheel drum brakes; wheelbase: 121”


For the 1940 model year, Buick marketed its entire lineup as new and improved. One inch was added to the wheelbase of Buick’s Series 40 Special, allowing both dual side mounts and fully openable doors at the same time. Headlamps were incorporated into the front fenders and horizontal grille bars gave the car a more dominant look. Small but significant mechanical changes improved the car’s overall operation. A new dual-diaphragm fuel pump, for example, improved windshield wiper function greatly. The eight-cylinder Dynaflash engine operated quietly thanks to rubber frame-mount shims and aluminum rockers. Riding on a solid I-beam frame consisting of all-steel construction and front/rear stabilizer bars further guaranteed a smooth, safe feeling ride to the driver and passengers. Though considered Buick’s entry level full-size car, the Series 40 Special easily met the expectations for drivability and responsiveness that consumers desired.

Offered from The Roaring Twenties Museum Collection is this charming 1940 Buick Special Series 40 Business Coupe. Single tone black paint, molded trim, and rear fender skirts combine to create the quintessential streamlined look of the pre-war gentleman’s car. The seats and door panels feature a combination of Bedford cloth and mohair upholstery which goes great with the brown dashboard and polished steel instrumentation. Of course, Buick’s four-wheel hydraulic brakes and a three-speed column-shifter make stopping and going seem almost effortless. Cruising in comfort and good company is as easy as turning the key, thanks to the Special’s powerful eight-cylinder motor and heavily padded seating. With that dashing wind-swept exterior design, this car is sure to make a big hit at any weekend car show. With some simple routine maintenance and a good cleaning, this Buick will provide countless more years of enjoyment to its new owner.

Arguably Buick’s Special Eight was one of the most well-designed cars of its period. In one instance, actress Ann Blyth, who played Mildred’s daughter in the movie Mildred Pierce, was given a 1940 Buick Special Eight as a gift. The actress was supposedly so pleased with her car that she became a customer-for-life. Don’t miss this chance to own this terrific piece of pre-war Buick history.

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