The Roadmaster was Buick’s top-of-the-line model in 1941, and the Convertible Phaeton was the cream of the Roadmaster crop. Out of the 377,000 Buicks produced that year, only around 15,000 were Roadmasters and only about 300 were Convertible Phaetons. They were rare at the time, and they’re even rarer today, with fewer than 50 of these beautiful cars surviving.
The 1941 Roadmaster really lived up to its name, boasting the most powerful engine of any American car produced that year, thanks in part to its dual twin-barreled carburetors. In this “compound carburetion” system, the front carburetor operated full-time, while the rear was reserved for hard acceleration. According to Buick, the car could cruise comfortably at 80 mph, with plenty of juice left over for passing.
After the 1941 model year, the Convertible Phaeton vanished from the Roadmaster line. And from 1942 – 1946, Buick production was shut down for the war effort. When the Roadmaster returned in ’46, compound carburetion had been eliminated. The 1941 Buick Roadmaster Convertible Phaeton was truly the last of its kind.
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