Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Cars in Film: 1936 Buick Series 80 Roadmaster
The Car: re-bodied 1936 Buick Series 80 Roadmaster.
The roadster was built by Pasadena coachbuilders Bohman and Schwartz for the movie. Its teardrop fenders, swooping lines and dorsal fin gave it a ‘deco’ look so appropriate for the period. After the movie the car was sold to Gilmore Oil, who repainted it cream and red and used it to promote their Red Lion gasoline, towing a lion cub behind in a trailer. I recall it on display for a while at The Petersen Automotive Museum in L.A. in 2010 but I’m not sure where it is now.