Cars of the GM Heritage Center: An Insider’s Look

© 2015 General Motors LLC. Used with permission, GM Media Archive.© 2015 General Motors LLC. Used with permission, GM Media Archive.
1939 Buick Roadmaster Series 80 Phaeton
The 1939 Roadmaster features a 320 cubic-inch 141-horsepower 8-cylinder engine. Touting some modernist tendencies, the model has a pushbutton-operated radio, an in-dash analog clock and standard turn signals (an industry first). This Series 80 Phaeton features the optional side-mounted spare tire and leather interior, contributing to the car’s stately presence. Reflecting post-Depression buyer hesitancy, or perhaps a nervous consumer base on the cusp of World War II, Buick sold a mere 311 Series 80 Phaetons in 1939.

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5 thoughts on “Cars of the GM Heritage Center: An Insider’s Look

  1. Great rendition — especially of the Cadillacs. When will we ever see another Cadillac to rival those shown here? We need a new icon without worrying about fuel efficiency and “organic” greenness.

  2. A bright red Cadillac convertible was my ideal car when I was a kid and it still is. They don’t make such gorgeous cars any longer.

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