Blue w/Tan interior, straight 8-cyl engine, manual transmission.
During the first three decades of the 20th century, Buick’s popularly priced automobiles were equipped with overhead-valve engines. By the early 1930s, Buick engineers felt the long-lived six-cylinder engine had reached its limits in size and efficiency. In 1931, Buick introduced an all-new straight eight-cylinder engine used to power an entire line of models, with the top-of-the-line being the Series 90. Its eight-cylinder engine offered just over 100 horsepower and incorporated such innovations as an oil temperature regulator to cool the engine at high speeds and warm it in cold weather, as well as thermostatically controlled radiator shutters, as found on Packard’s and Duesenbergs. Many of the Fisher bodies fitted to the Series 90 Buick were shared with Cadillac.
The all-eight cylinder Buick lineup ranged from 221- to 345 cubic-inches and only a few parts were interchanged among the three engines. Buick offered four different series of cars which included the 50, 60, 80, and 90. The Series 90 was avail in eight different body styles and had a wheelbase of 132 inches. The convertible coupe was introduced part way through the year and had a leather interior in similar fashion to the other open body styles. The closed body styles had mohair interiors with silk roller shades for the rear side and rear window.
For 1931, roughly 25,503 examples of the Series 90 were built which accounted for about 18 percent of total Buick production.
So, we’re sure you’ve all heard the one about the car in the barn? Every car fanatic has a version or three of finding a hidden gem in the corner of some garage in the middle of nowhere U.S.A. Well how about the car on the farm in the middle of a field being used as a piece of irrigation equipment? That’s basically how this stunning ’31 8-90 Roadster was found decades ago!
The car was on a farm in Bakersfield, CA. serving its penance as an irrigation pump, believe it or not until it was rescued by a previous owner. He in turn, sold it to the previous owner who mercifully decided to bring it back to its former glory by having it fully restored. The restorer was the president of the Buick club who had just finished a restoration on his own 8-90 and the owner was so impressed, he asked if he would do another!
The results are absolutely outstanding, as you can see! So much so, that this car won first in class at the Newport Concours d’Elegance! It was also invited to be shown at the prestigious Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance on Buick’s 100th Anniversary! Quite an accomplishment on both counts!
It’s been in a expertly maintained in a private collection ever since and is being offered for sale for the first time in over two decades! Don’t miss your opportunity to be its next caretaker!
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