Buick president Harlow H. Curtice believed in "more speed for less money," and backed it up with an all-new 117-inch-wheelbase Series 40 for 1934. The result was a sales upturn aided by more modern, streamlined styling that broke sharply with "Roaring '20s" squarishness. Also featured linewide in '34 was GM's new "Knee-Action" (Dubonnet-type) independent front suspension, then a great step forward.
Though the 40 omitted flashy soft tops to emphasize far more popular coupes and sedans, its masterful blend of an inexpensive, Chevrolet-size platform and "important" Buick styling helped boost the division's 1934 output from some 47,000 to over 71,000. Buick then jumped way over 100,000 for model-year '36, and would reach even greater heights a few years hence.
More extensive changes occurred for 1936, as Buick adopted GM's all-steel "Turret Top" construction that eliminated the traditional fabric roof insert, gaining sleek all-new styling with it. The division also boasted more-potent engines with aluminum pistons. Series numbers began giving way to names that would last all the way through 1958 — from the bottom, Special (40), Century (60), Roadmaster (80), and Limited (90). Respective wheelbases were 118, 122, 131 and 138 inches.
Mechanically, the bigger eight returned unchanged, but a longer stroke boosted Special's engine to 248 cid, horsepower to an even 100. Factory figures suggested a '37 Special could scale 10-60 mph in 19.2 seconds — fine performance for the class and only a second behind the hot Century. New for all '37s were hypoid rear axle, improved generator, standard windshield defroster, front/rear antiroll bars, and a claimed industry first: a steering-wheel horn ring (Cord introduced it in '36).
|Engine||4.064 ccm, 100 PS, I8|
|Steering||Left Hand Drive|
|Layout||Rear Wheel Drive|
|Color - exterior||Light Grey|
|Color - interior||Dark Grey|
|Miles/Kilometers shown||15.510 mls|
|Chassis / VIN||2453031|
|Location - Country||Czech Rep.|
|Location - City||Hradec Kralove|
2-door coupe body type; RWD (rear- wheel drive), manual 3-speed gearbox; gasoline (petrol) engine with displacement: 4064 cm3, advertised power: 74 kW / 99 hp / 100 PS, torque: 266 Nm; characteristic dimensions: outside length: wheelbase: 3099 mm; reference weights: base curb weight: 1533 kg
Hradec Kralove, Czechia