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Posted By: David Holcombe
Posted On: Sunday February 3, 2019 at 1:55 PM
A good one! I wonder what percent of Buick sales were phaetons?
A styling feature unique to the 1939 Sport Phaeton was a removable 'B' pillar. With the top and 'B' pillar removed, it became a completely open-air car. When the top was up and the 'B' pillar installed, it took on the characteristics of a fully closed car.

This Buick Special is one of only 724 Series 40C Buick Special Sport Phaetons built in 1939. Options include dual side-mounted spares with metal covers, and fender mounted parking lights.

The natty Century convertible sport phaeton sold for just $1713, the sport coupe for $1175. Buick abandoned the increasingly unpopular rumble-seat ragtop for '39, but scored a safety innovation with flashing turn signals, installed at the rear as part of the trunk emblem. Also new were column-mounted gearshift and refillable shock absorbers.

Year of production: 1939
Overall production: 208259 units (40 Special - 175568, 60 Century - 23890, 80 Roadmaster - 6489, 90 Limited - 1787, the sum doesn't coincide)

Series 40 Special, 111473 built

1939 Buick Century 39-66C41C 5-passenger Trunkback Sport Phaeton, 830 built

Buick Century 39-61C61C 5-passenger Trunkback Sport Phaeton, 269 built

Series 80 Roadmaster,
80C 6-passenger 4-door Sport Phaeton, 3 built

81C 4-door Trunkback Sport Phaeton, 364 built

Well, that's what I could find. As best as I can figure it, the Sport Phaeton was an uncommon 1939 Buick in any series. Great model!

(Sorry if I took up too much space. I just get interested sometimes.)

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PICs - From My Collection - '39 Buick by John Merritt #25299
Another nice one! You keep postin' great 1/43rd's!!! (EOM) by Karl Schnelle #25299.1
A good one! I wonder what percent of Buick sales were phaetons? by David Holcombe #25299.2
Great model, but if it were mine I'd bare metal foil the by John Quilter #25299.3
1/64 chrome chart tape. Neat solution. Staples stores? (EOM) by Randall Olson #25299.3.1
Got mine many years ago so not sure where I got it but by John Quilter #25299.3.1.1
Great tip! Thanks for your reply. (EOM) by Randall Olson #25299.
Great post and responses. I must have ten Brooklin Buick Collection replicas. Top of their game! (EOM) by Randall Olson #25299.4

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