1911 Buick Model 26 Roadster

In 1911, the Buick Manufacturing Company of Flint, Michigan, founded by David Dunbar Buick, had solidified its position as a significant player in the burgeoning US auto industry. Through various reorganizations and changes in management, Buick had experienced remarkable growth, thanks in part to the remarkable efforts of super-salesman William C. Durant, who joined the company in 1904. Under Durant’s guidance, Buick became a cornerstone of the newly formed General Motors Corporation, a position it continues to hold even today.

During the calendar year 1911, Buick achieved a remarkable production output, manufacturing 13,389 units, which firmly established it as one of the industry’s major producers. The 1911 Buick lineup boasted an impressive variety, consisting of 10 different series and models. These ranged from the compact 2-cylinder chain-drive Roadster to larger automobiles, all equipped with 4-cylinder engines.

Among the models, the Model 26 Roadster stood out as a larger version of the Models 14 and 14B, built on a robust 106-inch wheelbase. Its engine featured a cast-iron block with a displacement of 210 cubic inches, capable of delivering around 30 horsepower, ensuring excellent power and performance for its size.

The Model 26 Roadster utilized shaft drive from the 3-speed transmission and a multi-disc clutch, channeling its power to the rear axle. While a top and windshield were optional, the Roadster also sported a notable rear-mounted gas tank, weighing in at 2,100 pounds. Despite its appeal, only 1,000 examples of the Model 26 Roadster were produced.

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