About this car
My name is Mark Goff. I purchased this Buick in December of 2000 from John Pascucci of Classic Car Sales in Connecticut. He had purchased it from an estate where it had sat in a field for 45 years, covered for awhile and then not.
It was one of those moments when you see photographs of something that is really incredible, and you know that it is way beyond your ability and knowledge base to handle such a resurrection, and you know you should not even consider purchasing it. But somehow my hands were picking up the phone and dialing. Somehow a transaction was in process. Somehow I suddenly owned a 1934 Buick convertible and I was talking to an auto transport company… The day came when the transport truck arrived and the Buick was delivered to my home in South Pasadena California. All of the neighbors gathered around as the transport doors were opened and the car silently slid out of its berth and into my driveway. I clearly remember two things happening… everyone, myself included, just stared at the Buick, even in its sad state it still had this thing about it, the beauty of the lost art of the automobile. It was all there and you could not help but want to explore, touch, and wonder how it was possible that such an incredible machine was left open to the elements for all those years.
The second thing I remember was my Ex stating loudly enough for all to hear… “what a Rusting Hunk Of Shit”. Right then and there the Buick had a name, RHOS, pronounced “Ross”, and it has been fondly referred to by this name ever since.
Life changes and moves forward. I quickly realized what I always knew… This was not a project I could even think of tackling, and a professional restoration was not financially feasible. Many thing in my life changed in 2002 and RHOS was put into a container and stored away at a storage facility. As we moved North to the wine country, RHOS stayed behind in Los Angeles where he still resides today.
17 and a half years later a very kind member of the Antique Automobile Club of America, Greg LaRiviere, AACA GregLaR, offered to go to the container and take photographs. I had had photographs at one time, but two computer meltdowns ago I lost them. Greg and his wife, I hope with some sense of excitement, opened RHOS’s container and were presented with the first image in the gallery below. The Buick is sitting on tires that lost their air long ago, and is actually strapped down to the floor of the container, so Greg climbed into the container and shimmied his way around to take pictures of a car that has not seen daylight in ages.
What I know
In 1934 Buick produced four different series, the 90, the 60, the 50, and the low end 40 series. This convertible Buick roadster, with a rumble seat, is a 50 series with a 119” wheelbase. If memory serves me correctly, it is number 234 of 589 produced. The engine is a 235.3 cubic inch straight 8, is it frozen?… I haven’t seen it in over 17 years, so honestly I do not know.
The photographs speak to the condition of the car. It is very rough, and yet at least 95% or better complete, right down to the cigarette lighter, and the trunk for the luggage rack, there are actually two, one is correct, the other a mystery. The original color of the car was a dark green, as marked on the information plate. The light blue, which I think is a faded darker blue, is also a mystery, as it is painted right over the old paint. And there is a long involved story regarding the rear window for the convertible top which I will tell to the next owner.
This car had a wood frame for the body panels. Some of it is still there, some not. However, there are a number of publications with photographs, drawings, and some specs for the wood body frame. There are also people out there that have made these frames and could be fantastic resources, or even do the work.
The car is in the hands of Mobile Mini in Rialto California, and to be clear, I do NOT own the container.
Greg LaRiviere, AACA member GregLaR, spoke to me about the car after he photographed it, and thought the Buick is a wonderful work of automobile history, and regardless of restoration cost, very worth the time and money.
Questions? Contact me below.
What I want
After living in Northern California for 10 years it is time for a new adventure. Our home is currently on the market, and once we sell we will be moving to Europe (the Southwest of France) to try our hands as Innkeepers. Many things will go with us including our 1958 GMC truck, but taking the Buick with us is not a wise choice.
I am looking for a new home for RHOS…
UPDATE… Rhos has a new home to go to and will be making yet another road trip, this time to Minnesota. I have offered to keep this site up and running for the new owner, and evolve it into an ongoing documentation of the restoration of that “Rusting Hunk Of Shit” better known as… RHOS