We’ve Come a Long Way!Posted by in News
When we say we’ve been around for a long time, we aren’t kidding! We are excited to have recently restored this 1931 Buick series 8-57 car, which was sold new by our great grandfather Herb Connolly Sr. in 1931. Its amazing to have this piece of history to remind us of how far we have come, while still upholding the family business started over 90 years ago! Its a great car that is fun to have and drive, but is especially neat because of the story behind the car!
This car was owned by one person, who owned it from 1931-1956, when he traded in back in to us for a 1956 Buick Century convertible in bittersweet and white. At the time he traded it back, the ’31 Buick had 35,000 miles on it. We have owned it since that day and it currently has only 39,545 miles. It was the first car in a collection that our grandfather Herb started in which he had a 1921 Buick, as well as a ’41, ’51, ’61,’71, ’81 and ’91! A few years after Herb’s death in 1995 all the cars needed major restoration work and were all sold, with the exception of the 1931. It had not been driven since 1988 and sat in a garage for over 20 years. It was recently restored to driving condition by Spencer Gruber of Spencer’s Restorations (hyperlink) in CT, who did an outstanding job! It took him over a year to find and fabricate many parts for this vehicle to drive again!
Our Dad drove it the first day we had it back, and he thinks it drives as well as it ever did. It was remarkable to hear him recall driving this same car in their driveway back in the late ’50′s when he was 12 or 13 years old! It has 26.45 horsepower, a 3 speed transmission, and has its original interior and paint on the body. The wood spoke wheels are original..so we will not drive any faster than 30 mph until those are replaced. The car represents a special connection to our family’s past and future here at Connolly Automotive Group.