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Auction: The Richard C. Paine Jr
was auctioned on: 26 September 2008
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The Ex-Dr.Samuel L. Scher 1910 Buick Model 10 Touring Engine no. 21278

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Estimate: US$0
Price realised:  US$65,520
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Buick owes two things to its founder, David Dunbar Buick, in addition to its existence. The marque’s name is most apparent. Less obvious, but of much greater importance, is its continuous history of “valve in head” engines. Buick was the first automobile company to come under the spirited, gifted and inspired – if fatally flawed – leadership of William Crapo Durant. It formed the underpinnings of Durant’s General Motors Corporation and for the early years of the last century it was Buick’s sales and cash flow which fed Durant’s acquisitive urges. In 1909 and 1910 Buick outsold the Ford Model T, even though Buicks were bringing twice the price Ford could get the public to pay for the Flivver. As Buick matured in 1908 it offered six models with four different engines, an inline two-cylinder which had been Buick’s mainstay since the beginning in 1904, a T-head four offered since 1907, a bigger T-head four new in 1908 and a brand new valve-in-head four, the new Model 10. Powered by a 165 cubic inch inline four-cylinder engine with inline vertical overhead valves operated by exposed rocker arms and pushrods from a camshaft set in the crankcase, the Model 10 was rated at 22 1/2 horsepower. It drove the rear axle through a 2-speed planetary transmission and driveshaft, had semi-elliptical leaf spring suspension at the front and full elliptical leaf springs at the rear, righthand drive and rear wheel brakes. At $850 the Buick Model 10 was priced to compete with the Ford Model T, and it was the best selling Buick model, with over 8,000 sold in 1909 and even more, almost 11,000, in 1910. It was offered in “Buick White” and was promoted as “The White Streak” in recognition of the competition successes which it had achieved. Buick advertising called it the car for “men with real red blood who don’t like to eat dust.” While Ford would go on to capture the low-priced market, Buick continued to build quality automobiles and pull General Motors out of trouble again and again. In the Thirties its president, Harlow Curtice, put Buick on track again to the top of the sales charts which it achieved after the war, repeatedly selling more cars than any other Detroit makes except Chevrolet and Ford. The Buick Model 10 is an essential part of the foundation of Buick’s, and General Motors’, history, and the Paine Collection’s example, a 1910 Buick Model 10 Touring Car, is a wonderful example. It was acquired in the mid-60’s from Dr. Samuel L. Scher, whose collection in the late Fifties and Sixties was undoubtedly the finest in America. It is a marvelous example, resplendent in blue with black fenders, cream undercarriage, wood spoke wheels and coachlining, black leather upholstery and a tight-fitting black cloth top. It is equipped with Rushmore acetylene headlamps, Solar kerosene sidelights and an E&J taillight. A single spare tire (no rim) is secured to the right running board next to the driver. It bears an undated (and therefore old) AACA National First Prize badge and its condition more than adequately endorses the good judgment of the AACA judges a half century or so ago. Everything but the paint is still in excellent, sharp condition. The chassis is dusty but despite that looks like it has hardly been used and will easily be brought back to show quality condition with careful cleaning and detailing. The paintwork is more than adequate for touring, but a partial disassembly repaint will work wonders on it. The engine is unusually good for its age and is remarkably free of fluid leaks and residue. The upholstery, glass, brass and plentiful varnished wood is very impressive. It is going to take very little to return this important Buick to the show field. Alternatively, with a comprehensive mechanical recommissioning it will be one of the best cars on Brass Era tours and events. With continuous history for the last forty plus years in the important collections of Dr. Samuel L. Scher and Richard C. Paine, Jr. it will be a valuable addition to any c

Informations about the auction
Auction house: Bonhams London
Title: The Richard C. Paine Jr
Date of the auction: 26 Sep 2008 - 27 Sep 2008
Address: Bonhams London
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