1938 Buick Roadmaster Series 80C Sport Phaeton

During the 1930s, the Buick Roadmaster stood out as an excellent value, and even after more than 80 years, its name still carries significant weight. The Roadmaster was offered in two body styles: a 6-passenger Sedan and a Convertible Phaeton. The price range started at $1,255 for the Sedan and went up to $1,565 for the Convertible Phaeton.

One of the notable features of the Roadmaster was its long hood, emphasizing the power derived from its straight-eight engine. The Model 80 variant, in particular, boasted a 320ci overhead-valve unit, generating 130 horsepower and ample torque. This powerful engine was paired with a three-speed manual transmission that featured a floor-mounted gearshift lever.

To ensure a comfortable ride, Buick equipped the Roadmaster with General Motors’ “Knee-Action” independent front suspension, complemented by a solid rear axle. Additionally, hydraulic drum brakes were installed on all corners of the chassis to ensure effective braking performance.

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