1939 Buick Eight – 90 Limited Touring Sedan 8 Passenger, 3-speed manual
This 1939 Buick Eight – 90 Limited Touring Sedan 8 Passenger 3-speed manual was purchased by the seller in 2009 underwent a bumper-to-bumper restoration at that time. The seller is the third owner of the car and believes the odometer’s 41,396 miles shown on picture day to be original. The vehicle is available in Osgoode, Ontario, just outside of Ottawa, after the seller’s 2009 purchase in Pickering, Ontario.
CCC Vital Info -1939 Buick Eight – 90 Limited Touring Sedan 8 Passenger, 3-speed manual
Lot – 017
Seller – 1939buick (Private)
Seller location – Osgoode, On K4P
VIN – 9492303514
Odometer – 41,500 miles, believed original
Engine Info – 320 cubic inches inline eight cylinder Buick Fireball
Transmission Info – 3-speed manual, column-shift
Exterior Colour – Black
Interior Colour – Burgundy
Other features – Recent restoration, Original powertrain and muffler, AM radio (first year offered), Original wheels.
Category – American
Carfax N/A for pre-1981 vehicles
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Buick began using the Limited name in 1936 to mark the improvement of engineering as well as progress in design. The chassis was shared with Cadillac 70 Series models, top of the line at the time for Cadillac as well. This is a substantial car, riding on a 140-inch wheelbase, while width is 75 inches and height 68 inches. Overall length including bumpers is 224-1/4 inches and it tips the scales at approximately 4,500 pounds.
The gallery features photos of the restoration process, begun in 2009 by the seller. Seller’s property is equipped with a shop now leased in his retirement to a licensed mechanic offering services to the public – far beyond a single car home garage run on the weekend by a shade tree mechanic. The car was originally blue-on-blue. The seller decided on the black exterior, which yields a stately appearance. After all prep was completed by the seller, paint work was entrusted to The Car-O-Practor, located in Richmond, Ontario. Seller’s wife chose the burgundy plush interior, which is an elegant complement to the shiny black paint.
The car starts readily. The Buick Fireball straight-eight runs well and the sliding shift manual “three-on-the-tree” shifts smoothly. Have a look – cold start and driving videos have been posted below, immediately preceding the photo gallery. The inline eight measures 320 cubic inches in displacement. Horsepower tops out at 141 when the engine is running at 3600 RPM. Torque is an even more impressive 269 lb.-ft. at 2000 RPM. Bore is 3.4375 inches; stroke is 4.3125 inches.
The exterior paint job, though approximately 10 years old, has led a sheltered life in a literal sense. It does not go out in anything but fair weather. In fact, the gallery shows the motor for the windshield wipers, not currently installed. Chrome is shiny and not pitted. Photos of it in the gallery show clear reflections. Glass is also very good, no chipping or pitting – all windows are photographed individually. Buick hubcaps are mounted on the original steel wheels while the wide whitewall tires were procured by the seller in Carlisle, PA, supplied by Coker Tire. The muffler is the original unit.
Inside, the original steering wheel, while uncracked, has been wrapped in a deer hide leather, quite soft to the touch. This 1939 model was the first year Buick offered an AM radio as an option. This car is so equipped, though the owner has never attempted to power up the radio. We note that the car features a trip odometer beside the odometer itself. Passenger front door window crank and both sun visors are not installed. These items are included in the sale and are pictured in the gallery.
Outside vent is pictured open and closed in front of the windshield; when open, it provides fresh air into the cabin. Heater is functional and the more-modern-than-the-rest red lever under the dash is a “kill switch” to disconnect the battery for extended periods of in-season storage. The owner installed two Optima batteries in July 2021. The rear jump seats unfold and stow easily.
Photos of the underside are viewable in the gallery. They present this Buick as somewhat of a time capsule given the very few instances of barely present surface corrosion.
This glorious Buick has been made available in Osgoode, Ontario by the third owner, who has been its careful custodian since 2009.
1939 Buick Eight – 90 Limited Touring Sedan 8 Passenger, 3-speed manual High bid was $10,039
Item condition: Used
Auction Expired because there were no bids