1928 Buick Series 115 Country Club Coupe For Restoration
Buick is currently the oldest still-active American automotive make, and among the oldest automobile brands in the world. It originated as the Buick Auto-Vim and Power Company in 1899, an independent internal combustion engine and motor-car manufacturer, and was later incorporated as the Buick Motor Company on May 19, 1903, by Scottish born David Dunbar Buick in Detroit, Michigan. Later that year, the struggling company was taken over by James H. Whiting who moved it to his hometown of Flint, Michigan, and brought in William C. Durant in 1904 to manage his new acquisition. Buick sold his stock for a small sum upon departure, and died in modest circumstances 25 years later. Durant was a natural promoter, and Buick soon became the largest car maker in America. Using the profits from this, Durant embarked on a series of corporate acquisitions, calling the new megacorporation General Motors. At first, the manufacturers comprising General Motors competed against each other, but Durant ended that. He wanted each General Motors division to target one class of buyer, and in his new scheme, Buick was near the top — only the Cadillac brand had more prestige. Buick occupies this position to this day in the General Motors lineup. The ideal Buick customer is comfortably well off, possibly not quite rich enough to afford a Cadillac, nor desiring the ostentation of one, but definitely in the market for a car above the norm.
This very rare Country Club Coupe was purchased in 1966 on a trip out West by the Seller's husband who was a mechanic, from the original owner's wife-who drove a hard bargain. After getting the car back to Indiana, it was kept stored in a shed out back waiting for him to retire and tackle its restoration. As these things often go when he did retire he never quite got around to the project and now has passed away; so the car needs a savior.
The car appears complete and has many interesting features such as the rear mounted spare and artillery wheels, a crank up windshield for ventilation, the golf bag door, and other nice touches. The doors do sag a bit when opened so I am unsure of this is in the hinge pins or if in fact there is some woodwork required here. This is a great project for someone looking for an interesting seldom seen car.