1946 Holden-assembled Buick – today’s tempter

By: Guy Allen, Unique Cars magazine

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Post-war style offers a lot for the money

1946 Holden-assembled Buick – today’s tempter
High, wide and handsome - gott love a bit of 40s style.

What is it about 1940s cars that makes them look so special? The art deco era was on the way out by this stage, but there’s no mistaking the still strong influences in detail like the dash presentation and the chrome stripes down the sides.

The Buick special series ran from 1936 through to 1949, though by 1946 the range was limited to the larger pre-war B body. In the USA, this year is regarded as the rarest of the series.

Holden’s assembled the cars over here, using all the USA components, but switching them across to right-hand drive.

The powerplant is an OHV straight-eight, with what appears to be a column-shift manual transmission – presumably a three-speed. Later models had an optional two-speed auto.

This car has been retrimmed and generally presents as straight, with Holden’s body number 73.

The Queensland-based seller says the bodywork is solid and is asking $24,500. That seems like a lot of car form the money, so long as it all checks out.

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