1939 Buick Special LS3 Restomod

6.2L LS3 525HP Crate 4 Speed Auto 4L70E

$162,000

6.2L LS3 525HP Crate 4 Speed Auto 4L70E

$162,000

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Stock: #1121-DFW
Price: $162,000
Year Make: 1939 Buick
Model: Special
Engine: 6.2L LS3 525HP Crate
Transmission: 4 Speed Auto 4L70E
Mileage: 1,290 ( since rebuilt )
Rear End: 9 in.
Gears: 3.90
Exterior Color: Dark Purple
Interior Color: Brown


  • Air Conditioning
  • Aluminum Wheels
  • AM/FM Radio
  • Custom Wheels
  • Hub Caps
  • Performance Tires
  • Power Brakes
  • Power Steering
  • Radial Tires
  • Seatbelts
  • Tilt Wheel
  • Wide White Walls

1939 Buick Special

Gateway Classic Cars Dallas is proud to present something Special. a 1939 Buick Special 46 Business Coupe to be exact. Building something different is the whole point of street rodding, but sometimes it seems like everything different has already been done. This Buick business coupe proves that guys are still finding out-of-the-ordinary cars to build--and turning them into cool street rods.

A Buick business coupe is kind of a contradiction, the no-frills model of an upscale marque. In building this one they didn't disguise the car's on-the-job identity, ghey turned it into something classy.

This car spent many years in Pennsylvania under a handful of owners. Just a few months before the builder started their search, the Buick had migrated southwest, ending up at a restoration shop in West Fort Worth about 30 miles from our dealership. It was in excellent condition.

The Buick business coupe was just what the owner wanted, but wasn't quite the way he wanted it.

In the five years that followed, the Buick underwent an extensive transformation. Modifications to the chassis were handled by Nathan Hale at Hale's Speed Shop in Lewisvillle, Texas. The center X-member was removed from the factory frame and the 'rails were boxed. The frontend was converted to a Fatman Fabrications MII Stage II system, with 2-inch drop spindles for a street rod stance and a power rack for effortless maneuvering. Ride quality is improved by QA1 shocks and springs mounted all around. A Quick Performance Racing 9-inch rearend has 3.90:1 gears in a Traction-Lok limited slip differential, spinning 31-spline axles. The brakes were upgraded to Wilwood 11-inch discs in front and 11-inch rear drums, plumbed to a reverse 90-degree underdash master cylinder and booster setup from Kugel Komponents.

The project called for modern power and a GM 376ci LS3 525 Crate engine answers the call loud and clear, producing 525 hp and 435 lb-ft of torque. Polished stainless steel fuel rail covers from American Car Craft dress up the engine. The Spectre Performance intake system draws cold air from the rear of the engine compartment through filtered intake tubes feeding a custom throttle body. The 3-inch exhaust system is capped with mufflers from AA Muffler and Brake in Irving, Texas. Torque is delivered to the rear wheels via a 4L70E transmission and a driveshaft from Automotive Driveline Supply.

For the bodywork and paint, they took the Buick to Charlie Canalizo of Leezo Brothers Auto Crafters, who had also worked on the Chevy truck. Other than taking care of the minor displays of rust, Canalizo kept the Buick's distinct lines unmodified. Mild customization was limited to such details as pulled in bumpers, 7-inch Snake-Eye headlight lenses, custom LED taillights from Lambert Enterprises, and smoothed decklid. The paint, shot by Canalizo, is a metallic dark chocolate Bentley hue called Havana. Classy and distinct, it's the perfect color for a Buick street rod. The owner made a smart choice in finishing the outward appearance with understated and retro wheels. The Wheel Vintiques 20 Series Solid wheels with caps and rings measure 15 inches. The wide whitewall tires are 235/70R15s and 185/70R15 BFGoodrich Silvertown radials.

On the inside, they maintained the utilitarian style of a business coupe, but with the elegance suited to a Buick--and the combination is amazing. At Compton Custom Interiors in Fort Worth, the plain original seats and original-style door panels were covered in tan hides from Replicate Custom Leather. In the back, the marginally existent opera seats were replaced by a leather-covered interior trunk with the look of vintage luggage. The German square weave carpet takes the elegance level up one more notch. Vintage Series gauges from Classic Instruments were the ideal choice to fill the original dash; the LimeWorks 16-inch 1940-style steering wheel and 1940 Ford-style column fit the look of the car just as well. Compton Custom Interiors installed the stereo system (with Audison processor, JL Audio amp, and Alpine speakers) out of the way, to avoid clashing in appearance. The Vintage Air A/C is also installed practically invisibly. This build was finished in 2016 and has 1200 Miles on it, going long distances and performing.

This excellent one of a kind streetrod is equipped with modern amenities, power disc brakes, power steering, AC, Backup camera, AM FM Bluetooth radio, Fuel Imjected modern drivtrain and suspension. This Special Buick can only be found at the Gateway Classic Cars Dallas Showroom, Please give us a call at 817-310-9400 or email Dallas@GatewayClassicCars.com

SHOWROOM TIME IS 11-12-2019 08:10 AM

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