This eye-catching red, four-door Buick is lovely to drive short distances. You can see the influence of streamline moderne styling on this car. The rear bench seat is wide and has lots of leg room (perfect for big wedding dresses). The car is in nice, presentable condition; there are chips from the paint and other signs of wear since we use the vehicle regularly as part of our community outreach program.
This Buick Sedan has a special place in this museum. It was the very first car donated to the newly-formed California Vehicle Foundation in 1982 which opened the museum in 1987. We love to share this car and its history with our community and hope you enjoy it as well!
If you wish to use this car for a photoshoot at the museum instead of off-site, a discounted rate will be provided. If you wish to commercially publish photograph of our cars, approval must be granted prior to publication from the California Automobile Museum and additional fees will apply.
Our outreach program is largely volunteer-managed. Rentals may not begin before 8am and must end by 10pm. The price is for up to 4 hours, including delivery/return time. Additional time may be requested for an additional price. Bookings should be made with at least 2 weeks advance notice.
This car may not travel on the freeway, nor may it be used if there is a forecast for rain, heavy fog, or other dangerous or damaging conditions. It may not go further than an 8 mile radius from the California Automobile Museum (2200 Front Street, Sacramento), and if driving is to take place at night, it may not go further than a 4 miles radius from the museum. Driving in rush-hour or in a parade, especially in warm weather, may not be allowed due to the potential for overheating of the engine.
Please remember that this car is over 80 years old, and is maintained by a dedicated group of volunteers. The museum may need to cancel on providing this car at any time for any reason, including but not limited to weather forecasts, mechanical difficulties, or other unforeseen circumstances. If there are mechanical difficulties, we will do our best to replace the use of this car with another outreach car from the museum (see our DriveShare garage for possible cars).
This car is part of the collection of the museum and we are dedicated to balancing its preservation needs while also being experienced and enjoyed by our community. To help preserve the vehicle, a volunteer or staff member from the museum will remain with the car for the entirety of the time for the rental. No actions may take place that may put the car at any additional risk. This may include, but is not limited to: sitting on the hood, fenders, or other body panels; when wearing clothing with beading, metal parts, or other features that could damage the paint, leaning on the car is prohibited; clothing with intensive beading, studs, etc. may not be worn on the upholstery without a barrier to protect the fabric; shoes are not allowed to be in contact with any part of the car except the running boards or floor and stiletto heels must be worn with caution.
Rental starts/ends at the California Automobile Museum at 2200 Front Street in Sacramento, CA. This car may not go on the freeway, nor may it go out if the weather forecast is poor. It may not drive further than an 8 mile radius from the California Automobile Museum. If driving is to take place at night, it may not go further than a 4 miles radius from the museum. The car may be used in other parts of the Sacramento region but will be transported on a flatbed tow truck by a professional company. Delivery fees are to cover those costs. The above rules apply: the car may not drive further than 8 miles from drop-off location, nor on the freeway.