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Barrett-Jackson Lot #1552.2 - 1954 BUICK RUSS LOSING SPECIAL CUSTOM

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Lot Number:  1552.2 Auction:  SCOTTSDALE 2012 Status:  SOLD Sale Type:  NO RESERVE Price:  *$38,500.00 Year:  1954 Make:  BUICK Model:  RUSS LOSING SPECIAL Style:  CUSTOM VIN:  V285135 Exterior Color:  WHITE Interior Color:  MIXED Cylinders:  V8 Engine Size:  Transmission:  3-SPEED MANUAL


Unknown and wrongly labeled as a Buick Custom Car, this vehicle was correctly identified by Rik Hoving. The Russ Losing Special is credited with winning Best in the Handbuilt Class at the Tacoma Motorama in the early 60's. The only existing early photos appeared in the Car Craft show coverage in 1963, and again in the Custom Car Yearbook No. 1 1963 by the editors of Hot Rod, Rod and Custom and Car Craft magazines. The base custom vehicle remains intact. The chassis is a 1940 Chevrolet, embellished with many chrome suspension components. The 1956 Buick Nailhead engine is equipped with fully styled fuel lines to three stromberg carbs, with an elaborate exhaust system consisting of eight individual chromed pipes running from the heads all the way back under the chassis. The distinctive sculpted quarter panels, canted quad headlights, vented lakes pipe covers, lower front running lights and grille openings, all appear as the original photographs, as does the steering wheel, gauges, and accelerator pedal. Sometime since 1962 the current tri-rod front bumper, headrests and top were added. **TITLE IN TRANSIT**
*Price Includes Buyers Commission