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About Quiz #387: 1937 Buick Vandenplas

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After decades of peaceful rest inside a garage, this rare 1937 Buick has come to light recently in Spain. Very little was known when the car was bought by its current owner, apart from both little Vandenplas Bruxelles badges. According to the model plate, this car is a "Series 40" assembled at the Belgian GM plant of Antwerp. Apparently many different american cars were bodied during the 30s in the Vandenplas factory, and some of them were photographed at the "Parq du Cinquantenaire"... but as far as we know, there is no photo available of this car.  Now the Buick is undergoing a complete mechanic overhaul, and while its owner is looking for the history of its car, which apparently could be very interesting. For the time being, some old pictures have been found showing the car participating as staff car of the Spanish army in the early 1940s, even carrying a coal gas generator. Later, the car was sold to a civil owner in the 1960s, and very little use was given to the car since then. Now the great question is how and when this car came to Spain. In 1937 the country was involved in a hard Civil War and importing luxury cars at these times wasn't the first thing that came to mind... so there is a bit of mystery. Hopefully some of our encouraged readers have solved this riddle, but due to circumstances we haven't pinpointed a winner yet. To be continued!

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