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RealRides of WNY - 1940 Buick

November 9, 2019

RealRides of WNY - 1940 Buick

If nothing else, this 1940 Buick Special is a sure conversation starter. What, for instance, are those white lines which go half-way up each wheel well? Which, if any, country is that rather pre-EU European-looking license plate from? A very nautical-looking rope draping the bumper looks pretty heavy duty, but why is it there? The “WH” on the left front fender stands for… what exactly? Ditto the two crossed hobby horses on the right fender. Also… where are the windshield wipers? — it can’t be very sea-worthy without windshield wipers, lol… The Special four-door sedan was Buick’s second-best selling (and fourth-cheapest) car for 1940, and was a member of its lowest-priced series. The best-seller was the next series up Super four-door sedan. Came across this curiosity a few years ago parked in a Cheektowaga parking lot.

Jim Corbran, RRofWNY

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