1929 SILVER ANNIVERSARY BUICK MODEL 29-47 SEDAN
As this was the year Buick celebrated twenty-five years of manufacture, 1929 cars are collectively known as “Silver Anniversary” Buicks - for many years, Buick was known by its slogan “When better automobiles are built, Buick will build them.”
The wheelbase on this four-door five-passenger deluxe sedan is 121” (actually 120 ¾”), overhead six cylinder unit that displaces 309.cid and 31.5 hp. It has a slightly raked windshield, fuel pump, Marvel carburetor, Delco-Remy ignition, dual electric wipers, adjustable front seats and side cool ventilators. Styling was new and these were the first cars styled by General Motors Art and Color Department. The 1929 Buicks were available in 43 color options.
Our Buick was the most popular style of the seven models made that year, 44,680 at a price of $1,520 – next nearest production was the “close coupled sedan” 10,110. Total vehicles produced, 76,271.
Sales soared throughout the roaring 20s and reached 260,000 in 1926. Because Buick was now considered a higher end luxury brand, it became the one chosen by aristocrats and political leaders in countries across the world.
Buicks participated in driving expeditions around the world, breaking many distance and hill climbing records, and a Buick was sent around the world in 1925, by Buick and GM Export, to demonstrate their far-reaching exporting operations - it was driven by a different dealer representative in each country.
Buick’s history makes it the oldest American automobile manufacturer, and among the oldest in the world.
In 1929, as part of General Motors’ companion make program, Buick Motor Division launched the Marquette sister brand, designed to bridge the gap between Buick and Oldsmobile – the Marquette was discontinued in 1930.
The Great Depression hit in 1929 and as Buick was considered a higher end vehicle, it suffered the most, early on.