1938 Buick Special Sedan (1928)




1938 Buick Special Sedan
Proceeds to Benefit the Nonprofit J. Kruse Education Center Career Coaching Academy
CHASSIS NO: 1329018
• Recent mechanical attention
• The more powerful 1938 eight-cylinder engine
• Ready to drive and enjoy
248 cid OHV inline eight-cylinder engine, three-speed manual transmission; wheelbase: 122”

An icon of pre-war manufacturing, the Buick Special was introduced in 1936 as a full-sized successor to the Buick Series 40. The Series 40 was released in 1930 and featured a 118-inch wheelbase and was powered by a 258-cubic-inch six-cylinder engine that reliably pushed out 80 horsepower. The Series 40 was offered in six different body styles including a sedan, sport roadster, business coupe and special coupe in two-door. As a four-door, it was offered as a Phaeton or Sedan model. The Phaeton was the lowest producing of all styles with under 1,000 produced. In 1935, after a one-year cessation from production in 1934, the Series 40 revived and transitioned from the previous Straight-Six engine to the new Buick Straight-Eight which increased the power up to 100 horsepower.
In 1936, the Series 40 evolved into the Buick Special. Originally released as a full-sized car in 1936, the Special saw great success and that year was one of Buick’s best producing years yet. The 1936 Special was Buick’s first instance of using a name for a car as opposed to a serial or production number. The Buick Special initially sat on the same 118-inch wheelbase that was employed by the Series 40. The Special also continued to use the new OHV inline-eight engine that had been first introduced in 1935. For 1938, the wheelbase length increased from the previous 118-inches to 122-inches, as well as all other Buick models in production. The engine in the 1938 model also increased from the old 233-cubic-inch Straight-Eight to a 248-cubic-inch version of the same engine, slightly increasing power to 110 HP.
This specific 1938 Buick Special Sedan is elegantly finished in a regal black. Perched atop classic whitewall tires, the humbly presented Buick Special commands looks from every direction. An historic remembrance of pre-war automotive beauty and grace, this 1938 Buick Special has received recent mechanical attention and would make a usable and enjoyable addition to many garages.
Proceeds from the sale will benefit the nonprofit J. Kruse Education Center Career Coaching Academy. The Academy serves K-12 students and veterans transitioning out of service to discover fulfilling career paths.

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  • Mileage: 61,150
  • Year: 1928
  • Doors: 4
  • Body type: Other
  • Transmission type: Manual
  • Fuel type: Diesel
  • Colour: Black

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