Though it was ever so beautifully crafted, Buick’s Roadmaster wasn’t its flagship during the Thirties. The Limited had that honour however in a strange twist of fate, it would become the top of the line by default; after World War 2, Buick went back to building cars — but not the Limited — leaving the Roadmaster as the best model you could buy. It would remain the brands standard-bearer until the late Fifties when the name was retired.

The 1937 Series 80 was as grand as could be. Styling was a big factor in Buick’s resurgence in the decade thanks to the work of Harley J. Earl. He loved the streamlined look and Buick had it for ‘37; the Roadmaster’s lines were rounder and set off by a swept-back windshield, it had a fully integrated boot and massive horizontal-bar grilles. It had afforded a smooth ride and had a large comfortable leather interior that could easily accommodate six adults. Its 320.2 cubic inch inline over head valve eight-cylinder motor mated to a three-speed manual made 120bhp and it rode on a coil-spring independent front suspension with a live rear axle and semi-elliptical leaf-spring suspension.

The Convertible Phaeton was the most expensive and rare Buick you could buy that year; just 1,064 units were produced making finding one today almost impossible.


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