This 1940 Buick Roadmaster Touring Sedan Model 71 is the longest non-limousine wheelbase built by Buick and has a similar design as the standard Cadillac. It is currently listed for sale by a private seller from Lopez Island, Washington, with an asking price of $24,800.
Under the hood is a 320 ci inline 8-cylinder engine that can produce more than 140 horsepower. it features an independent front suspension fitted with coil springs, a column-mounted 3-speed sliding gearbox, hydraulic drum brakes on all fours, and semi-floating rear axle. This Roadmaster comes in an elegant black exterior and a Grey Bedford Cord pinstripe, 2-tone interior. The elegant black exterior is complemented by the fresh white wall tires.
The exterior and interior were redone in 2013 for the wedding of the owner’s daughter. The side glass windows were replaced. It also features a “California” heater, a clean central speaker and radio, and vintage dash. All the doors close tightly, all the body panels are solid, and gaps are tight. No matter how you look at it, the exterior looks flawless.
According to the seller, this Roadmaster drives smoothly and without any trouble. A perfect cruiser that you can drive on long interstate trips. Originally, the starter switch used to be on the accelerator but has been moved to the dash. It recently had a complete mechanical checkup and the Stromberg float was replaced. Like most classic cars, some additional fine tuning is always welcome to ensure that this luxury car won’t have any troubles down the road. After the checkup, it has been regularly driven around Lopez Island and the owner never had any problem.
Several years ago, the original Delco-Remey 6V battery was replaced but the original hold-down frame was preserved. The seller said that they had an “after the wedding” repair list which was never done. The wiring harness will need replacements, sun visors reinstalled, repairs for the radio and clock, and some other minor maintenance.
According to the current owner, they had this Roadmaster since the early 1960s. it was bought by his Father-in-law’s Buick dealer from its first owner who was a local of the Santa Cruz hills. This Roadmaster became a parade car and was thoroughly maintained by Buick mechanics and never needed a complete restoration. Around the 80s, it was brought to Seattle and was rarely driven before it was sent to Lopez Island for the daughter’s weddings.
The price is fairly reasonable for a very solid and beautiful 1940 Buick Roadmaster Touring Sedan Model 71. It is perfect for a classic cruiser with the potential to be a show car. It even has the potential to be a concours level show car with some additional restoration.
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