By 1932, Billy Durant’s aggressive acquisitions had made General Motors into a megacorporation and Buick is the one that started it all. Buick was just behind Cadillac at the top of the list for discerning buyers. Looking at this ‘32 Cabriolet it is easy to see why even the British monarch Edward VIII approved. That’s right, this is a Canadian-built McLaughlin-Buick and it has received a high-quality restoration at some point.
This Buick is bathed in luxurious richness with a vanilla creme body, crimson fenders and accents, and burnt orange wire wheels with chrome center caps. Opulent, but not over the top, this Buick shows just enough panache without stepping on Cadillac’s toes. The paint and exterior chrome shine the way they should and appear in good condition overall. The tan leather interior is taut and shows some signs of use but still in good condition. The dash is interesting with its art-deco chrome headpiece over the gauges and glove compartment. The lavender veneer of the gauge cluster and glove compartment doesn’t seem to match the color scheme of the car, but they definitely make a statement. The chrome trim here appears to be original with some pitting observed, but the lenses appear to be in good shape. The beveled rearview mirror features an embedded clock on the right side.
1931 was the debut year for the overhead-valve straight-eight engine and synchromesh transmission and this one runs and drives great. This car would make a great addition to anyone’s collection who wants an excellent running/driving example of Buick’s early years.