1940 Buick Super
1940 Buick Super
$89,900

1940 Buick Super

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Body-off restoration of a 32,000-mile car by the legendary Lewis Jenkins. 2023 AACA National First Prize winner. Beautiful color combination, impeccable interior. Everything works, runs and drives superbly. There are fresher restorations but there are no better Buicks than this.If youre a Buick guy, you know the name Lewis Jenkins. Famous for their interiors, Jenkins Restoration specialized in Buicks of the 1940s and consistently delivered show-winning results. As a testament to the quality of a Jenkins restoration, realize that this car was restored nearly 20 years ago, but just this year (2023) was still nice enough to win an AACA National First Prize award, which is no easy feat. That speaks both to the workmanship and the care it has received since it was finished, and if you want an exceptional Buick that works properly and looks fantastic, this 1941 Super 56C convertible coupe is the right choice. The Carlsbad Black paint is miles deep, the bodywork is impeccably straight, and the panels line up properly. Of course, starting with a 32,000-mile original car probably helped, and to their credit, the car still feels tight, solid, and well-assembled. The Super wore GMs all-new torpedo styling that was longer and lower than before, and the Super perhaps balances it best with tidy proportions that look impressive on a 121-inch wheelbase. Some of the chrome was restored, but we believe the grille and hood latches are original, suggesting that this was a really nice car to begin with. If there are any demerits, its only that the silver paint isnt quite perfect on the hood vents-an easy issue to rectify if perfection is your goal. Otherwise, we can find very few things to fault with this lovely convertible.Interiors were Jenkins specialty and this one gets everything right. The red leather is exactly the right color, pattern, and texture for 1941-not too soft, not too shiny, but just right. The seats are firm and comfortable, and if you need any clarification about Jenkins attention to detail, just take a look at the carpets, which were created in his shop. Impressive isnt the right word. The engine-turned panels that highlight the dashboard are just spectacular-even noted 1940 Buick expert Doug Seybold wondered how Jenkins got them so perfect. All the plastic was restored and is just the right shade of cigarette cream and all the gauges are fully operational. In fact, everything works, including the radio and clock, plus the heater under the seat. The woodgrained accents are accurately done and all the hardware is like new. Even the back seat looks like nobody has ever been seated there. The tan canvas convertible top is perhaps the best weve ever seen-taut and wrinkle-free. We did not lower it for the photo shoot simply because its so perfect we were afraid to wrinkle it, but we are assured by the cars expert owner that the power top mechanism does function properly. The trunk is properly outfitted with the right burlap-style material, and is correct right down to the hardware that secures the spare tire. Theres also a matching tan canvas boot that has probably never been used.Straight-8 Buicks are fantastic road cars and this Super is no exception. With 248 cubic inches, it may seem small by todays standards but in practice, it makes the Super quick and light and easy to handle. Still starting with the accelerator pedal system (press the pedal to the floor and the engine fires), this Super is beautifully tuned and crisply turned out. It starts easily, idles smoothly, and has a prodigious torque curve that makes it enjoyable around town and never feels like a rolling roadblock in traffic. Its correctly detailed in corporate gray enamel with bright red Buick decals and inhales through a Carter 2-barrel carburetor (which tends to run smoother than the also-available Strombergs). It has been driven a bit, so there are signs of use like paint burned off the exhaust manifolds, but there is otherwise nothing significant and it has no issues that will prevent a new owner from enjoying the car right away. Of course, everything around the engine was replaced during the restoration, including a new cloth wiring harness thats just beautiful. The only transmission available was a 3-speed manual with column shift, and with new bushings and linkage, it feels tight and direct, not loose and sloppy like many cars of the era. Gear ratios are well-chosen and the Super accelerates cleanly from almost any speed. We believe there are high-speed 3.90 gears in the rear end, as this car cruises at 55-60 MPH without seeming to strain itself. Youll note that the chassis is highly detailed, including the ultra-rare engine splash pans, and the single exhaust has the right Buick 8-cylinder hum. Ride quality is excellent, steering is light, and braking is effective, making this a fantastic road car for touring events. Theres some minor discoloration on the gas tank, but again, thats the only demerit we can find on what is a beautifully finished undercarriage. Factory 16-inch steel wheels are finished in correct Dante Red and wrapped with 6.50-16 Firestone wide whitewall tires, as original.This is the kind of car that doesnt tell the whole story in pictures. We would strongly encourage you to see it in person, because the way the doors close, the feel of going down the road, and the tight precision of the controls just cant be conveyed in photos. This is a superior car. Yes, its expensive, but like we said, there are fresher restorations out there that might be a bit shinier, but we doubt you will find a better Buick anywhere at any price. That was the kind of work for which Lewis Jenkins was justifiably famous and this is some of his very best work. Call today!Harwood Motors always recommends and welcomes personal or professional inspections of any vehicle in our inventory prior to purchase.

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Vehicle Specifications

  • VIN
    13830530
  • Classic Car ID
    101966343
  • Stock Number
    120118
  • Category
    Antiques
  • Body Style
    N/A
  • New/Used
    Used
  • Mileage
    36,051 miles
  • Engine
    N/A
  • Transmission
    Manual
  • Exterior Color
    Carlsbad Black
  • Interior Color
    Red leather
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While we do our best to present all vehicles as honestly and accurately as possible, Harwood Motors Ltd. cannot guarantee the veracity of the information contained herein. This site and all advertising information may be updated without notice whenever new information is obtained and may contain mistakes and inaccuracies. Information is provided to the best of our knowledge and that of the owners of the vehicles, and we make no warranty or representation regarding the accuracy, truth, suitability, or reliability of such information. We cannot be responsible for any errors, omissions, or inaccuracies contained in information provided by third parties. Harwood Motors Ltd. is not an expert in the construction, metallurgy, engineering, finishes, materials, and componentry of every single vehicle ever made. Harwood Motors Ltd. strives to perform extensive visual inspections on all vehicles we represent but we do not disassemble vehicles or components for inspection purposes and therefore it is always possible that there is hidden damage that is not readily apparent. We cannot guarantee the fitness of any components beyond a visual inspection and normal operation of the vehicle. We do not perform internal examinations, so we cannot guarantee the condition of unseen internal components such as crankshafts, bearings, gears, and other mechanical equipment. This also applies to electronics such as radios, clocks, gauges, light fixtures, switches, or other electrical devices. Buyer should personally inspect the vehicle and satisfy himself as to its mechanical and cosmetic fitness. We always welcome inspections by Buyers and/or third parties who wish to undertake such examinations at their own expense. Harwood makes no warranty or representation regarding mileage unless otherwise stated. Listed prices do not include additional fees, state, federal, or local taxes, or shipping and delivery costs. Harwood Motors Ltd collects a $150.00 documentation fee on every vehicle purchase. Buyer is entirely responsible for satisfying himself that the car is as-represented prior to purchase and there are no warranties, expressed or implied, involved in the sale of any motor vehicle represented by Harwood Motors Ltd.

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