29 April 2000
1929 BUICK SERIES 121 SPORT ROADSTER
Chassis No. 2293999
Red with black fenders and tan top
Engine: in-line six cylinder, pushrod operated overhead valves, 310ci., 91hp at 2,100rpm; Gearbox: three-speed manual; Suspension: front and rear live axles with leaf springs and lever shocks; Brakes: four wheel mechanical drums. Left hand drive.
Buick originated as the first component of Billy Durant's General Motors conglomerate. Acquired in 1904 from the Flint Wagon Works, Buick had already been treated to a series of legendary general managers like Charles Nash and Walter Chrysler prior to falling under the watchful guidance of General Motors guru, Alfred P. Sloan. Throughout the 1920s Buick was the centerpiece of General Motor's growth - its cash flow and their cars reflected the thought and commitment granted to the mid- range automaker.
One of Buick's signature features from the marque's inception in 1903, and perhaps one of the most significant contributions of its namesake, David Dunbar Buick, was its overhead valve engines. Their performance became a very important factor in Buick's success. By the late Twenties Buick was both strong and profitable, building around 200,000 cars annually.
1929 was Buick's silver anniversary and to celebrate, a new line of Buicks was introduced to recognize its past, present and future importance. The restyling of the 1929 cars was undertaken by the ambitious Art and Color department of Harley Earl. Improvements were made in respect to both the mechanical and aesthetic aspects of the 1929 cars' overall design. The frame was redesigned and strengthened. Engines were enlarged in both displacement and power. Among the nineteen body styles on the three different wheelbases available, the Sport Roadster was offered only on the 121" wheelbase with a 91hp, 310ci., six cylinder engine. In 1929 Buick produced over 187,000 cars of which just 6,195 were Sport Roadster models.
The car offered here was restored in the late 1980s after its extraction from an upstate New York barn. The Buick includes sidemount spare tire, front and rear bumpers, cowl lights and wind wings. Finished in dark red with black fenders, its varnished artillery wheels complement the tan leather interior and matching tan top. Typical of the era, it has a lovely golf bag storage compartment between the passenger area and the rumble seat. We understand that since restoration it has been used sparingly, mechanically attended to and always stored indoors.
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