Today, whilst General Motors is considered a powerhouse company with a myriad of brands under its umbrella, and a pioneer in American automotive manufacturing, the brand that helped GM become just that is Buick. Buick, started by David Dunbar Buick was the company that established General Motors in 1908. For a long time, Buick was considered and marketed as a premium automobile brand, and it sat just below the luxurious Cadillac line. As of date Buick is America’s oldest car manufacturer, as well as being among the oldest in the world. When Buick released the Master Six Series 40 and Series 50 in the 1920s, it was a revolutionary vehicle with many world firsts. Our subject vehicle is a post-war 1922 Buick D-45 from Florida. It is reported to have undergone a full frame-off restoration fifteen years ago and is now up for grabs to a discerning and lucky owner who will appreciate its vintage and history.
This 1922 Buick D-45 is regaled in a striking blue exterior which was repainted in 2005 and wears a complementing black interior. The vehicle sits on a set of OEM classic wood spoke and steel-rimmed wheels with white-walled tires completing the period look. The hubcaps are decorated with the classic Buick logo. The running boards and fenders are painted in black. The interior features a black vinyl front bench seat facing a three-part gauge cluster, and a black vinyl rear bench seat with generous legroom. The interior has been completely refitted, including the seats, door covers, flooring, and all the nickel-plated switches and gauges. For a car which is almost 100 years old, it is in excellent condition after the frame off restoration. The vehicle’s full canvas roof is in excellent condition too. The oversized 4-spoked wooden and steel steering wheel faces the driver, as do a trio of interestingly shaped pedals. All relevant badges and logos are in place, and polished to shine. A spare wheel is situated at the rear with the number plate in the middle and a functioning stop light.
This 1922 Buick D-45 is powered by a recently completely rebuilt Buick six-cylinder valve-in-head 242ci (4.0L) engine. Drive is transmitted to the rear wheels via a three-speed sliding-gear transmission that has also undergone a complete rebuild. Furthermore, the car has been subjected to recent maintenance in May 2021.