1940 Buick Limited

Classic Auto Mall
6180 Morgantown Road
Morgantown, PA

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Morgantown, PA



Year 1940
Mileage 26950
Engine 100
Doors 4
Transmission Manual
Make Buick
Model Limited

Limited 1940

Title Status --
Exterior Color Black
Interior Color Tan


1940 Buick Limited Model 81 Eight

The Limited was Buick's flagship Series between 1936 and 1942 and, during model year 1958 during GM's Fiftieth Anniversary, the halo car for Buick. After the vehicle was retired in 1959, Buick has intermittently used the "Limited" name for several decades to denote those models which featured a high level of trim and standard options in its various model ranges. Vehicles given the Limited nameplate were in direct competition with Cadillac senior sedans for clientele who wanted a GM luxury sedan but regarded Cadillac as "ostentatious" or "flamboyant" as Buick had over time earned a reputation of low-key conservative appearance while focusing on durability and reliability.

For consignment, "look up in the sky it's a Cadillac!" No! it's a Buick Limited from 1940 and its now gracing our hallowed halls in all its black painted and big chromed style limousine length. This fine example is recognized by the CCCA as a full classic. Originally restored in Germany 30 years ago with an "open checkbook" it has been fully chronicled, and the restoration has held up swimmingly! Some recent refreshing of normal wear items has been performed over the course of the last 2 years, and it's a turnkey and impress the pants off your neighbors and car show enthusiast's showpiece.


Caressing this fine automobile with my eyes nearly brings a tear to them with its deep end of the pool black paint, highlighted by an overabundance of tastefully adhered chrome. It has a grandfather's mustache style grille which rises to a bulbous hood which is nearly a mile long. Fenders which are now melting into the sides have a bullet style headlight casing which is nearly engulfed by each front fender. Atop are some rocket styled chrome trimmings. A central vertical trim piece falls from the hood down the center, and as it reaches the bottom of the front grille it has "Trippe" lights which now serve as the turn signals. These float above a shiny curved bumper with a trio of vertical bars spaced evenly across the shiny chrome. As we go past the pontoon fenders which frame wide whites with shiny moon caps and polished trim rings, we run into an inset spare tire covering which has nearly fully melted into the side of the hood. Just above a stainless-steel trim spear runs from stem to stern and then the passenger roofline and windows take over with all excellent glass and their respective trimmings. Doors share a common latch pillar making the rear doors suicide style. Another pontoon fender on each side of the back of the car which gracefully lowers to form the rear fender housing the small taillight. These are on either side of a humpback trunk which is below a rear split glass window, has some beautiful badging which houses the turn signal lamps and a handle in the center and another curved shiny bumper with 2 vertical add ons for the bumper. Quite the car I'd have to say!


More luxury for the eyes and of course more tears for this beautifully appointed and restored interior. Slipping past fuzzy padded broadcloth covered tan door panels, we see shiny cranks and handles with bakelite knobs. Window surrounds are in brown and sport some faux painted wood grained metal. The dash is a work of art unto itself utilizing a brown painted metal dash top and some machined spin pattern panels for the instruments and glovebox. A wonderfully aged deep creamed coffee colored bakelite steering wheel with banjo styled shiny ribs and a chromed horn ring fronts the dash. The round instruments are on the machined panel behind the steering wheel. A round clock is inset into the glove box machined panel. In front and rear are two beautifully covered large overstuffed benches bathed in ribbed tan broadcloth with slightly darker upholstered "tubs" on their sides and backs. The back seat has leg stretching room and offers up a gracefully aged wood cased tube radio which sits atop a tiger maple lacquered liquor cabinet. The amenities continue on the arms of the rear bench with an inset armrest with lighter and ashtray for either side. Pillar panels and headliner are near perfect broadcloth in a dark tan broadcloth and are shown in tight panels. Dark tan carpeting very clean shows throughout on the floors. To the ball Jeeves...


Under that big hood is a big 320ci inline 8-cylinder engine. It's fully restored and is badged with BUICK 8 Dynaflash oil cushioned valve in head on the valve covering which is bathed in gray. All shiny tubes and wires along with an oversize air cleaner covering in black are hanging from the passenger's side of the engine. It cleans air for a single 2-barrel carburetor. On back is a rebuilt 3-speed manual transmission. Still operating on its 6 volt electric system.


Also fully restored with little surface rust and a black painted X frame, solid floor pans and


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