The Toronto Fall Classic Car Auction

Lot : SP74
1930 Buick Marquette

Auctioned on Saturday, October 14, 2017

Sold at $44,000

  • Transmission: Manual 3 Speedl

Just in time for the Great Depression, Buick introduced the Marquette, built for one model year and one only- 1930. Marquettes were offered through Buick dealers in six body styles all perched on 114 inch wheelbase chassis and powered by a reworked L-head six cylinder engine that was uniquely built and designated as a Marquette engine. GM spent 26 million dollars to launch the Marquette and assembled just 35,007 examples. Buick abruptly pulled the plug citing low sales due to the Depression resulting in the car being a huge money loser despite Marquettes being excellent cars and very well priced. This example is a model 36-S Sport Coupe equipped with a rumble seat and rear mounted spare tire. This car was treated to a remarkable restoration on an already high quality, all steel, solid body with excellent wooden sub-structure. Refinished in the correct Traverse Blue with an accented Charcoal cab section, the paint is exceptional and all chrome and stainless bright work polished to show quality standards. This includes the unique and proper swept bumpers and TRIPPE LITE headlamp bezels. This particular Marquette is also equipped with original and well restored wood spoke wheels. These highly detailed wheels have the correct and very scarce Marquette center dust caps and brand new Firestone wide whitewall tires. Tastefully incorporated signal lights have been added for safety while factory features such as wind wings and rear mounted spare are retained. The interior has been correctly refurbished and detailed to the utmost level including fumed wood graining throughout the dash and garnish mouldings and seat upholstery done in the proper type Mohair cloth. The rumble seat has been refinished in leather. A well presented and very appealing rare model with just a single year of production. An amazing example of 1930's automotive achievement that would be equally at home on a concour's show field, a classic car caravan tour or a Sunday cruise.