Introduced in 1936 as a replacement for the Series 60, the Buick Century was an instant hit. What makes the first generation Century unique is the fact that it is essentially a combination of both the Buick Special and Roadmaster. The Roadmaster straight-eight engine was used under the hood, while the Special body made up the rest. This 1940 Buick Century is a beautiful example in what appears to be largely original condition.
It isn't often one comes across a 79-year-old car in such largely original condition. It has been in the hands of the current owner for nearly a decade, and upon purchasing it he was told it has never seen a full restoration. The paint appears to be original; if it isn't, it is certainly decades old. The body has just the right amount of small nicks and dings to give it character and help to tell its story of survival. Finished in black, a forever classic pre-war look, this stately sedan is a beautiful survivor.
The interior looks to be finished in mostly, if not all, original materials. Much of the original simulated wood-grain is intact; a pre-war design element that is both costly and difficult to replicate. All of the soft materials are in remarkable shape, if you take into account that it is nearly 80 years old. The back seat looks almost new! The original radio has been recently rebuilt, and operates as expected. This is a comfortable car that is truly a time-machine back to the “good old days.”
Under the hood is a Buick Straight 8; most commonly found in Roadmasters of the same era. This car idles like a sewing machine, and ticks along at a steady pace under load. Surprisingly powerful for its size, driving this car is a breeze! The three-speed manual “three on the tree” transmission is easy to operate, and the clutch is smooth and effortless to engage. Starting off on an incline is no trouble at all! Once you become accustomed to how a large, pre-war car handles, this Buick is a blast to operate.
If you're looking for a largely un-restored survivor-condition pre-war GM classic, this 1940 Buick is a great candidate for the price! Don't miss out on this opportunity to own an uncommon piece of automotive history.
Contact Shelton Classics & Performance for details at (704) 663-0432 or visit www.SheltonClassics.com
DOES IT WORK?
Air Conditioning N/A
Oil PSI Gauge YES
Temperature Gauge YES
Fuel Gauge YES
Tail Lights YES
Brake Lights YES
Reverse Lights N/A
Turn Signals YES
Emergency Brake YES
Keys – Ignition, Trunk & Door YES
Runs & Drives YES