178: 1938 Buick Limited Limousine
141hp, 320.2 cu. in. Buick Dynaflow overhead valve inline eight-cylinder engine, single downdraft carburetor, three-speed sliding gear manual transmission, independent coil spring front and semi-floating rear axle, four-wheel hydraulic brakes. Wheelbase: 140"
The styling of the Series 90 Limited Buicks underwent only minor changes for 1938. A more vertical grille, a slightly longer hood, taller front bumper guards and more stylish front fender running lights similar in shape to the headlamps were the most distinctive features. It would also be the last year Buick utilized wood in the construction of its bodies for the Roadmaster and Limited Series.
Mechanically there were a number of substantial improvements. Use of a coil rear suspension was an industry first. This, combined with a two-inch longer wheelbase provided an even smoother more comfortable ride. The use of crowned 'tabulator' pistons increased engine compression and overall horsepower.
Buick built a mere 410 Series 90 Limited Limousines in 1938 and this rare example is perhaps the best of the surviving few. Painted in a regal dark blue, this limousine was subject of a body-off restoration. Its deep rich paintwork remains virtually pristine in appearance, while its show quality chrome still gleams. The fully-detailed, professionally-rebuilt Buick engine still runs smoothly and the chassis has been completely painted.
Inside the woodgrain dash, the steering wheel and door panels appear new. The blue leather seat and rich grey cloth seats appear fresh, other than for few wrinkles. Evidence of the enjoyable rides this limousine has provided over the years.
Stately features include a clock, wide whitewall tires, dual side-mounted spares in hard covers with mirrors, a grille guard and dual fog lamps. As expected, a dividing glass separates the driver from the passengers. Instructions regarding their wishes are conveyed through a speaking tube system which is hidden away when not in use.
Despite the availability of Daimlers, Rolls-Royces and Bentleys, the English Royal family had a penchant for Buick Limousines throughout the 1930s.This, ready-to-roll, rare aristocrat of Buicks is a pleasure to drive and a very majestic way to arrive.