1938 Buick Coupe
«It seems like a car folks won’t do without» is the headline to
what this writer considers a very passive way to get a point
across. Almost proclaiming defiantly with trepidation! Better Buy
Buick…one has to love the 30’s Huh? Like the internet of today,
if it says it, and it’s on there it has to be true..
A tastefully done hot rod with plenty of custom bodywork, a fresh
interior, and a 350 Chevrolet crate engine with custom exhaust, low
profile tires and snazzy aluminum wheels. Bathe it in deep blue and
you have a touch of Buick class that goes like the wind and slips
neatly into the modern era of motoring.
As the consigner states this car was shaved, frenched, has a mild
chop and all the seams were filled. We are left with a beautiful
pontoon fender style torpedo back end 2-Door Coupe that presents
itself in a category I would not put many hot rods into…a
tasteful racer if you will. From the large bullet style headlight
casings that now have halogen headlights with built in signals, to
the wonderfully designed wrap around V style split in the middle
grille were rockkin’ the look. Throw on a front hinged clamshell
hood, and smooth the venting on the cowls, and this car is the
definition of slip stream. So much so the I think the air is afraid
to touch it! The remaining chrome on this car is mirror-like and
near perfect. On all corners we see custom American Rims in
aluminum 18 inches for the fronts and 20 inches for the rears.
These are wrapped in low profile tires, and since I’m a sucker for
these, I’m all in…Let it ride….
A swing of the door (all be it with the remote) we are met with
yards of broadcloth in a muted gold color. An outer panel on the
door is a fuzzy broadcloth, and the inner panel and the door pull
is covered with a small square tweed and has a stitched embroidered
opposing palmetto palm patterns in it. The front bucket seats
present this same way with the embroidered tweed inserts, and
smooth bolsters both in broadcloth. In back we can see what appears
to be a large storage area, but 2 jump seats fold down to the
rescue. Upfront a custom deep blue metal dash with actual burl wood
insert houses several gauges, knobs, and A/C, as well as a CD
player. Fronting the dash is a tilt column chrome banjo style
steering wheel. Seats are power, and so are the windows. Carpet is
lush gold and headliner is nice and tight looking like mohair.
A 350ci Chevrolet engine fired with HEI ignition, snakelike headers
and a custom exhaust sits within a pristine engine bay. Fresh
ignition wires, new plugs and an oil change have just been
performed prior to dropping her off at the mall. A Muncie 4-speed
manual transmission actuated with a hydraulic slave cylinder clutch
is behind the healthy mill. Plenty of chrome plating to go around
for all the bolt ons stuck to this engine.
Due to this car being a frame off restoration, several liberties
were taken including a boxed frame that was finished with a hammer
type powder coated finish. A Mustang II rack and pinion steering
setup, and a 4 link rear suspension are seen in this very clean
rust free totally restored undercarriage environment.
Hopping into this car I felt like an art patron viewing a
masterpiece only I was actually interacting with it. The seats are
plush and all is perfectly ergonomically placed. This car lit right
up, and I was off for the test track. It cruised smoothly,
accelerated on my demand, and shifted effortlessly. The low stance
led to great handling despite being in a large coupe. All that
broad cloth and padding I could barely hear the engine running.
Just a wonderful, nicely performed, tasteful
restoration/modification. Buick provided the basics with the
pontoon fenders and torpedo rear, but all that frenching, shaving
and chopping make it a work of rolling art, on low profile tires
none the less!
Classic Auto Mall is a 336,000-square foot classic and special
interest automobile showroom, featuring over 500 vehicles for sale
with showroom space for up to 1,000 vehicles. Also, a 400 vehicle
barn find collection is on display.
This vehicle is located in our showroom in Morgantown,
Pennsylvania, conveniently located just 1-hour west of Philadelphia
on the I-76 Pennsylvania Turnpike. The website is
www.classicautomall.com and our phone number is (888) 227-0914.
Please contact us anytime for more information or to come see the
vehicle in person.