1923 Buick Series 30 25-4-35 Touring

Highlights


  • Charming Buick turns 100 next February
  • Ex Spanish Museum exhibit
  • Older restoration in great condition


The Appeal


This delightful Buick has lived a charmed life. Built in Canada in 1923 its known history starts when it arrived in Spain around 1985.  

We know it was on the road then, and we know the Spanish owner attended local shows in the early 2000s, probably soon after it was restored. Subsequently it became an exhibit in a Spanish museum from 2003 to 2014, perfectly preserved in a warm dry climate. 

Purchased along with other cars when the museum closed its doors it travelled to the UK where it became the centrepiece in a showroom until recently. 

Unregistered in the UK, with all taxes paid and a NOVA number, it’s now time to celebrate its 100th Birthday in February 2023 with a new owner!

History and Paperwork


  • Arrived in Spain in the mid-1980's
  • Imported into the UK from Spain in 2014
  • Small amount of history prior to import
  • Part of an impressive Spanish family car collection
  • 2,785cc 4 cylinder OHV engine with 3 speed gearbox
  • Right hand drive
  • Last road registered in Spain in 2003
  • Displayed in a showroom for past 8 years
  • Light recommissioning completed
  • Spanish TUV Historic Vehicle inspection papers
  • Import and shipping documents
  • Good overall condition
  • HMRC Duty paid, with NOVA number
  • Unregistered in the UK

The Interior


  • Smart green vinyl bench seats
  • Wooden dash with all period instruments
  • Sympathetic restoration to a good standard

The interior of the Buick is largely in excellent condition.  

The green vinyl seats have been upholstered to a good standard and are very comfortable. The doors are trimmed in matching green vinyl, the fronts featuring handy pockets. The floor is covered with hard wearing black rubber matting in both the front and rear. 

The dash area is all very period correct, with few instruments, a couple of buttons and switches, all mounted on a wooden dash that is in good condition.  

The odometer reads 1,682 miles, but the actual mileage is unknown. The large, four spoke steering wheel has a smooth wood rim which is also in excellent condition.  

It should be noted that the pedal arrangement is consistent with the age of the car; the foot brake is on the right, a centre throttle with the clutch to the left. The furthest pedal to the left is the foot operated starter. 

The brakes operate on the rear wheels only, but that is not unusual for a car of this age and speed.

The Exterior 


  • Delightful two-tone Cream and Brown paint
  • Green painted timber chassis
  • Full length folding roof in good condition

On the outside the Buick exudes vintage charm.  

The two tone cream and brown paint suits the car and has been well applied. There is cream pinstriping in the brown paint of the wings and running board areas, with a matching brown coach line running the length of the car.  

We think the Buick received fresh paint when it was restored but we don’t know when this took place, most likely in the late 1990s. There are a couple of areas of damage that the new owner may wish address.  

The driver’s side front wing has a couple of scrapes, and near the sill of the passenger side rear door there is an area about 2 inches round where paint has chipped off- see the photographs.  

There are small chips and marks here and there on the body, but no further damage of note. The glass screen is all good, as are the light lenses. One of the headlights has some pitting and corrosion to the rear.  

As the owner drove the Buick on Spanish roads during the early 2000s additional orange indicator lights have been added front and rear. 

The wooden spoke wheels are all in excellent condition with older tyres mounted, although the owner thinks that these may need replacing shortly due to age.  
There is a rear mounted spare on a rim that is probably the same age but unused.

The full length roof pulls up easily, clamping onto the top of the windscreen. Made of black canvas it is clean and tidy, pulling taut once erected. It does however have a few small holes where the canvas has got caught in the folding mechanism although these are not in an area that would allow water ingress.

Overall the exterior condition is lovely, with nothing requiring immediate attention.

The Mechanics 


  • Impressive OHV engine
  • Engine recommissioned with valve work and new electrics 
  • Some further work required

Mechanically the Buick is solid, with some light engine recommissioning work recently completed. 

The top end was checked over and new valves ground in and a new head gasket fitted. The electrical system received attention, including the addition of an electric fuel pump, although the original vacuum system remains in place for effect.

It starts easily and once warm settles to a steady tick over.  

However there is a leak in the water pump which will need to be addressed before driving. The seller also points out that the bottom of the engine is a little noisy and it may need an adjustment or new shells/crankshaft work before long.

The running gear, green painted chassis and underside of the Buick all appears to be solid, and in excellent condition.

Summary


With a small amount of effort this lovely Buick will be ready for the road once again. 

It has comfortable seating for four or five, reasonable weather protection and all the period charm you could hope for. It’s delightful.


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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1923
  • Make Buick
  • Model Series 30 25-4-35 Touring
  • Colour Cream and Brown
  • Odometer 1,682 Miles
  • Engine size 2785
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Location Sussex
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
10 bids from 4 bidders
  • dolores•••• £8,700 24/06/22
  • Jo De..•••• £8,500 23/06/22
  • dolores•••• £8,000 23/06/22
  • Jo De..•••• £7,500 22/06/22
  • 675lt_f•••• £7,000 22/06/22
  • Jo De..•••• £6,000 22/06/22
  • daveybl•••• £5,000 21/06/22
  • 675lt_f•••• £4,400 21/06/22
  • dolores•••• £4,000 20/06/22
  • Jo De..•••• £3,500 18/06/22

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