Brisbane Vintage Auto Club inc Car of The Month September 1995
The car of the Month belongs to Jack Wilkinson. This car started life in Nowra, a small coastal town in southern N.S.W. In 1937 when it was in daily use until the early 1950’s. The car was then sold to a dealer. The next part of the cars history was lost until it found its way to Caloundra where once again it was used on a regular basis until the mid 1970’s when it finally tired and was retired.
Stage two started in the late 1980’s when it was purchased by the principle restorer. Although the car was complete, all mechanical components were in need of a major overhaul except the differential.
The interior needed a complete re-trim as the inhabitants of its resting years were none to kind (yes, it was used as a chook house) The body was also in need of hard panel work
Although it was fairly free of rust for a coastal car. With most major work completed the cart was offered for sale to a good home. Jack Wilkinson purchased the car in 1993 with only a small amount of finishing to be done.
Craig and Cindy have owned this car for around ten years. When they first got it was in poor condition. Just a rolling chassis and a large pile of rusting panels, Craig says it was around 90% complete. Since that time the car has undergone a total restoration
This Photo was taken at Gladstone recently, so it clearly travels well.
Buick was one of the earliest car makes to understand the changing preference of car owners for enclosed cars. This car however has a folding top.
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Owned by John Semgreen
The low and long, 1929 Buick Model 44-Sport Roadster, with smart, well balanced lines, is outstanding for its racy appearance and performance. It has long side ventilators, full ventilating windshield, and a fully trimmed rear deck with comfortable seats. Bumpers, spare tire, side carrier, trunk rack, and wire wheels are extra equipment.
The 1929 Buick roadster was the first of its kind from the Buick production line, and hence attracted a lot of attention from the Buick enthusiasts all around the globe.
The Roadster model’s universal appeal was the result of several innovative technical specifications , such as:
Engine: A 6 cylinder powerhouse of 90.5 Bhp and revvying up 2800 RPM with a Piston displacement of 309.6 Cu. In.
Oiling System: Pressure to crankshaft connecting rods and rocker arm shaft
Four Wheel Brakes: Mechanical – External Contracting Front and Rear Brakes
Chasis Lubrication: Pressure Gun – Zerk Grouped Connections
Cooling System: Pump-shaft Driven
Wheelbase: 120 3/4″
Turning Circle: 42 Feet Right and Left
The unique 1929 Buick Roadster was an innovator in the contemporary sports segment of the automobile industry and created a stir among the youths looking for some new trends in the car industry.
Owned by John and Annette Mc Knight
Buick in its quest to build world class automobiles started a 5-years development cycle in 1924, for continuous improvement of its vehicles. Mechanical improvements were also continual, with the four-cylinder engine being abandoned in 1925 in favor of a larger six-cylinder unit.
The 1926 line up saw considerable improvements in production quality. Buick updated the styling for its 1926 Buick Sedan by adorning them with aluminum hubcaps and gas caps. The radiator shell was slightly redesigned, now appearing smoother.
Some of the technical specifications associated to the 1926 Buick Sedan include:
Engine: The standard version was equipped with a 6-cylinder 60 BHP powerhouse capable of 2800 RPM while the Master six had a 6-cylinder, 4.5 L, 4490.9 cc., 77 BHP engine capable of delivering a maximum of 2800 RPM.
Piston: Cast iron pistons were used which had a displacement of 207.1″ in the Standard version and 274.2″ in the Master six version.
Wheels: Wooden spoke wheels with detachable rims.
Transmission: Selective Sliding and Multiple disc clutch.
Brakes; Mechanical drum brakes for admirable car control
Wheelbase The standard line sat atop of 114.5 inch wheelbase, while the Master 6 rode on either a 120 inch or 128 inch wheelbase
During the 1926 model year, Buick set a sales record with 266.753 unit being sold. It would take Buick another 14 Years to match this record.