1941 Buick Super 56S
1941 Buick Super 56S
- Two Tone Paint
- 248ci Twin Carb V8
- Three on the Tree
- Original Example
- Mechanically Maintained by Steve's Antiques
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“The Super Model 56S, one of the classic Buick Cars… inherited the style of serenity & comfort with high-power.” – Google Arts & Culture
R&D USA Classics provides more specifics on the Super Model 56S: “In 1941, there were five different Buick model lines, called 'series.' They used both names and numerical designations. Of these five series, there were four different wheelbases and two different engines offered. The Special was broken into 118-inch and 121-inch wheelbases (A-Series and B-Series, respectively) and used a 248 cubic-inch straight-8. Dual carburetors were optional on Specials. The Supers used the same 121-inch wheelbase and 248 cubic-inch engine as the Special B-Series, with dual carburetors as standard equipment.”
Offered here is a completely original 1941 Buick Super 56S in gray-and-blue over gray. Showing 48,884 total miles on its odometer, the car has been professionally maintained by Steve's Antique Auto Repair of Wyoming, Michigan (https://stevesantiqueautorepair.com) and presents as a very well-maintained pre-War collectible Buick.
“Road presence” perfectly describes the character of this '41 Buick. The two-tone exterior paint would've been noteworthy back in the Depression era and is still an attractive combination. The integration of the two colors—including the handsome gray “stripe" on the blue hood—is noteworthy. This car's exterior paint finish retains excellent luster for its age with no signs of damage to the bodywork. (To best assess the quality of the paint and trim finishes, be sure to view the close-up photographs of the car in the accompanying gallery.) Chrome trim on the sides of the body, hood “portholes,” window surrounds, side mirror, rear-fender trim, front-fender tops, together with the art-deco-style grille and headlight arrangement all retains excellent shine and very little patina. Chrome bumpers show only light patina. Badging—including the Buick grille emblem, “Buick Eight” hood lettering, “Super” front-fender-porthole script, and “Buick Eight” rear-deck emblem—is all in place and in well-maintained condition. Cabin glass and all lighting lenses—including the stylish taillights—are clear and undamaged. Red-painted steel wheels feature Buick-branded chrome hubcaps and trim rings. Period-correct wide whitewall tires are mounted.
Inside, the originality continues as does the handsome design: textured light-gray cloth adorns the seats and chrome-trimmed door panels, with only the driver's portion of the front split-bench seat-back and cushion showing significant age-related wear. The headliner shows some staining. Darker gray carpeting covers the cabin floors. The 3-spoke, chrome steering wheel features the “Buick Eight” center emblem and frames an elegantly designed dashboard. Complete art-deco-style instruments with bronze-and-cream-colored faces are set in turned-metal trim. Various push-button controls are arranged vertically on both sides of the chrome center-dash speaker grille above the factory radio. (Some age-related deterioration of plastic on gauge faces and radio buttons is noted.) A clock set in the same turned-metal trim faces the front passenger. The shift lever for the 3-speed manual transmission is mounted on the steering column.
The car's trunk is pristine with tattersall-pattern matting in place.
Under the right-side-hinged hood, the 248-cubic-inch, dual-carburetor “Buick Valve In-Head Fireball Dynaflash Eight” is completely stock and original, still wearing its red paint and identification. The engine bay is similarly tidy and unmodified. Viewed from below, the chassis is complete and undamaged with a newer muffler mounted.
The car's original data and identification tags remain as mounted at the factory.
While the more than 150 high-definition photographs and the short walk-around-and-startup video available on the GarageKeptMotors website showcase this historic '41 Buick in detail from every angle, including from below, we expect and encourage in-person inspections at our Grand Rapids, Michigan showroom. Please call to arrange an appointment in advance as our showroom is not open to the public. And feel free to get in touch anytime by phone or email if you have questions.
Among the last of the pre-War Buicks, the '41 Super 56S represents the last of the Depression-era automotive style, at least as it applied to the well-to-do crowd. Today, that style retains its appeal, especially when seen in its original form as here. The next owner of this lovely Buick will steward it as it approaches 100 years of age, and enjoy sharing the car with family, friends, and acquaintances at outings, parades, and shows.