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1962 Buick Special
1962 Buick Special Convertible

1962 Buick Special

Although not much had changed with the Buick Special from the previous year, whatever changes were made must have been successful because it was named Motor Trend Magazine's Car of the Year for 1962. Perhaps because it was one of the first automobiles to use a V6 engine in volume production. "To the 1962 Buick...and the power concept for the future expressed in America's only V-6 automobile engine." The Special's standard engine, the Fireball V6, was equipped on all 3 models - sedan, coupe and convertible - along with a 3-speed Synchromesh transmission, heater-defroster, dual arm rests, sun visors, cigar lighter and electric windshield wipers.

The Buick Special Deluxe was a slightly plushier model with much of the same options plus a few extras and could be purchased for an additional $200-$300.

 

1962 Buick Special Production Numbers

Model Number Body/Style Number Body Type & Seating Factory Price Shipping Weight Total Production
Special Series
4000 4019 4-dr Sedan - 6P $2,358 2,666 lbs 23,249
4000 4027 2-dr Sedan - 6P $2,304 2,638 lbs 19,135
4000 4067 2-dr Convertible - 6P $2,587 2,858 lbs 7,918
4000 4045 4-dr Station Wagon - 8P $2,736 2,896 lbs 2,814
4000 4035 4-dr Station Wagon - 6P $2,655 2,876 lbs 7,382
Special Deluxe Series
4100 4119 4-dr Sedan - 6P $2,593 2,648 lbs 31,660
4100 4167 2-dr Convertible - 6P $2,879 2,820 lbs 8,332
4100 4135 4-dr Station Wagon - 6P $2,890 2,845 lbs 10,300

Chassis Data

Model Wheelbase Overall Length Front Tread Rear Tread Tires
Special 112.1 in. 188.4 in. 56 in. 56 in. 6.50 x 13

 

1962 Buick VIN Numbers

Serial numbers are located on the drivers side hinge pillar post, above the instrument panel and stamped on top left side of the engine block.

First Symbol - Series
A - 4000 - Special 6 cylinder 0 - 4000 - Special V8
B - 4100 - Special Deluxe 6 cylinder 1 - 4100 - Special Deluxe V8
C - 4300 - Skylark 6 cylinder 3 - 4300 - Skylark V8
4 - 4400 - LeSabre 7 - 4700 - Electra
6 - 4600 - Invicta 8 - 4800 - Electra 225
Second Symbol - Model Year
2 - 1962
Third Symbol - Assembly Plant
1 - Flint, MI. 6 - Atlanta, GA.
2 - Southgate, CA. 8 - Arlington, TX.
3 - Linden, NJ.  
4 - Kansas City, KS.  
5 - Wilmington, DE.  
Last Six Digits - Production Number
Sequential assembly number at that plant with series mixed in production.

 

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