UK-supplied new; RHD; four owners from new; loads of history; rugged
machine ideal for trials; recent new wheels; comes with Carcoon
An interesting example, as its not the usual Australian or New Zealand import, this 1924 Canadian-built Buick (marketed in the UK as a McLauchlan Buick) is a 24-4-35 model indicating its year, number of cylinders and body style - in this case a five-seat tourer which was sold new in the UK.
The British-supplied cars had a wooden dashboard as opposed to a metal dash, the '24 cars having a Packard-style radiator, detachable head and four-wheel brakes.
It was first registered on 1st January 1924 with the Middlesex registration MH 1769 which remains transferable. It was imported through NLR Easton Ltd, of Regent Street, London who were the main importers and its first owner was a Mr F Lawrey from Cornwall.
It served as a taxi for many years, a job for which the rugged Buick was ideally suited and was originally maroon in colour.
Its second owner, Mr Eric Farrar, also of Cornwall restored the car in 1976, passing it to an interim owner for a few months before the vendor acquired it in late 2007, 16 years ago - just four owners from new as far as we can see.
He reports that the radiator was rebuilt in 1998, it had a new hood and tonneau in 2007, a stainless exhaust in 2008, a valve grind and new head gasket in 2011 and a replacement exhaust manifold the same year.
It has been living locally and photos and awards on file show that it has been well loved and well-used. It comes with a useful copy handbook and all four wooden wheels have been renewed within the last year although we can't see an invoice for them and we have enjoyed running and driving it around onsite.
It would make a useful addition for the Vintagent with a growing family, or someone looking to experience pre-war motoring without breaking the bank.
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