Hemmings Find of the Day – 1916 Buick D4 Express Truck

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From the seller’s description:

1916 BUICK D4 EXPRESS TRUCK This vehicle is so rare it’s probably the only one you’ll ever see. The only other one we have ever heard rumor of is said to exist somewhere in the Western US. The truck is 99% original except for its paint. No metal rust, no wood rot – ever. It has never been “restored”. It is mechanically excellent, and cosmetically very good. Its entire 102 year history is known, and documents of proof accompany the vehicle. Little has been done in all these years to alter the originality of this survivor. Even some “original 1916 dirt” is still on the frame. This Buick D4 truck was bought new by Schmeuser Buick in Hammond, Indiana in 1916 and it was put to work for several years in their service and parts department. It was probably retired to the back of their shop around 1930, where it remained until 1951 when it was facelifted to be rolled through the Hammond Centennial parade. It was finally purchased from Schmeuser Buick by its first private owner in Zeeland, Michigan sometime around 1965. We have had a custom replica bracket cast for remounting the spare tire on the left side as you see in the factory photo. It is ready to go and just needs to be installed. The engine was freshened internally about 6 years ago or so, and the truck was put in storage about 3 years ago while running just fine. It’s never been restored – just overcoated with paint in 1951. The engine was professionally dismantled and rebuilt and it runs like a clock. The lights need some work to be made operational again, but otherwise everything about the truck functions well.

1916 Buick D4 Express Truck 1916 Buick D4 Express Truck 1916 Buick D4 Express Truck 1916 Buick D4 Express Truck



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