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Jim 
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Message posted April 11th, 2007 04:59:27 PM
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I´m new here and owner of one out of five found Marquettes in Scandinavia. Marquette is a Buick produced brand, only manufactured for one year 1929-1930.
Are there any other Marquette owners out there?

/ Jim


Post #1 of 1 | From: Stockholm Sweden | Registered: April 2007| Network: 213.113.18.xxx
Ken 
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Message posted April 12th, 2007 10:03:55 PM
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Jim,
You are certainly welcome here as a Buick owner and collector! You are also welcome to add pictures and comments regarding the Buicks and Marquette. It is not that we are ignoring the Marquette, We need someone like you to supply the personal knowledge about them and their role in Buick history.
Ken


Post #20 of 21 | From: Midland, MI  USA | Registered: January 2003| Network: 67.33.60.xxx
danc 
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Message posted July 30th, 2009 04:42:44 AM
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Quote:
Originally posted by Jim:
I´m new here and owner of one out of five found Marquettes in Scandinavia. Marquette is a Buick produced brand, only manufactured for one year 1929-1930.
Are there any other Marquette owners out there?

/ Jim



Hi, I too am a Marquette owner (recently).

I have a 1930 Buick Marquette 4 door convertible.
I don't know how to tell what model it is.

I'm looking for the following parts if you can help please reply.

1. Complete exhaust system
2. Oil pan gasket
3. Air cleaner/filter

Thanks


Post #1 of 1 | From: Shelby Twp, MI  USA | Registered: July 2009| Network: 24.192.232.xxx
topsdown 
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Message posted August 13th, 2009 11:00:56 PM
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Ken

I would be more than happy to help out with any questions on Marquette's! I have been keeping the Marquette Owners Registry for Enthusiasts (M.O.R.E.) since the early 90's and anyone can find out more information at www.marquetteregistry.com. Hope this helps!

A little information on the Marquette.

Here goes a few tidbits on the Marquette:

Production began during the 2nd week of April 1929 with the cars going on sale at the dealerships June 1, 1929. Records indicate that 35,007 cars were produced in the US during the 10 month of production. Not listed in that number was an additional Production ceased in February 1930. I have copies of the US production figures by body style by month that came from Buick Records. While being built as a 1930 model many early cars were registered as a 1929 by Year of Sale instead of Model Year depending on the State the car was sold in. The Marquette's were sold all around the world wherever GM had holdings including South America, the UK, Europe, Africa and Australia. There were 6 basic body styles and 2 different versions of each the phaeton and sedan chassis being produced:

30-30 30501 2 dr sedan
30-34 Roadster
30-35 Phaeton
30-36 30507 Business Coupe (trunk)
30-36S 30508 Special or Sport Coupe (rumble seat with golf club compartment)
30-37 30509 4 dr sedan

The open bodies were built in house by General Motors while the closed cars had Fisher bodies. There were 2 versions of both the phaeton and sedan chassis built respectively that were sent to body builders in both the US, the UK and Australia. There is a distinction between early and late Marquette's as there was a change in the dash panel and the ventilator windshield - shield panel. Early cars had a solid black ventilator panel and solid black dash with no trim bezel. Late cars had a chrome bezel that bordered the gauge area of the dash and there was also an inset wood grain trimmed ventilator shield which had a pin stripe running around the entire ventilator panel wood grain inset.

Well allot of information off the top of my head tonight have a good one

Yours in Marquette's!

Don Holton


Post #1 of 3 | From: na, CA  USA | Registered: August 2009| Network: 67.241.229.xxx
topsdown 
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Message posted August 14th, 2009 01:26:59 PM
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Ken

I would be more than happy to help out with any questions on Marquette's! I have been keeping the Marquette Owners Registry for Enthusiasts (M.O.R.E.) since the early 90's and anyone who would like to find out more information on the Baby Buick's can take a look at my M.O.R.E. website:
www.marquetteregistry.com.

Hope this helps!

For those interested here is a "Readers Digest" version of the "Built by Buick" Marquette.

Here goes a few tidbits on the Marquette:

The Marquette was the companion car for Buick in a time when "GM" decided that it needed to fill gaps in their market share. Cadillac had LaSalle, Buick had Marquette, Oldsmobile had Viking, Oakland had Pontiac and well GM felt that Chevrolet did not require a lower priced product in the Market! Buick engineers were a little confused where they were in the food chain and were very miffed at GM who was forcing Buick to use its (modified by Buick engineers) Oldsmobile F28 6 cylinder L head engine as opposed to its well know valve in head design. I have photos of the Marquette prototype completed by the Buick engineering team and it was far from the lower companion car GM desired. The car was an ornate, opulent Sedan with signs of Oakland, Cadillac and even Duesenberg elements in its 1928 design prototype. No this prototype was clearly not the lower priced companion car those GM bean counters were looking for! GM won out, Buick pretty much found themselves not on a par with or above Cadillac as they had once felt that they were!

Marquette Production began during the 2nd week of April 1929 with the cars going on sale at the dealerships June 1, 1929. Records indicate that 35,007 cars were produced in the US during the 10 months of production. Not listed in that number was an additional Production ceased in February 1930. I have copies of the US production figures by body style by month that came from Buick Records. While being built as a 1930 model many early cars were registered as 1929's by Year of Sale instead of Model Year depending on the State the car was sold in. There were an additional 3,418 Marquette's assembled by McLaughlin Buick of Canada. These cars had a 6 digit serial Number with 3,117 assembled at the Oshawa Ontario Canada and 301 produced at the Regina Saskatchewan Canada assembly plants. These Canadian assembled cars continually fall through the cracks of the production figures shown.

The Marquette's were sold all around the world wherever GM and namely Buick had holdings including but by far not limited to Canada, Mexico, South America, the UK, Europe, Africa and Australia.

There were 6 basic body styles and 2 different versions of each the phaeton and sedan chassis being produced:

30-30 30501 2 dr sedan
30-34 Roadster
30-35 Phaeton
30-36 30507 Business Coupe (trunk)
30-36S 30508 Special or Sport Coupe (rumble seat with golf club compartment)
30-37 30509 4 dr sedan

The stripped Phaeton 30-351 and 30-352 and sedan chassis 30-371 and 30-372 were sent to commercial body makers where they received bodies in the UK, Germany, France and namely Australia. The chassis that went to Australia were bodied by Holden who manufactured Landau sedan and phaeton bodies and mounted them on the Marquette Chassis.

In the US Fisher Body produced all of the closed car bodies including the 30-30 2 dr Sedan, 30-36 Business Coupe, 30-36S Special or Sport Coupe and 30-37 4 dr sedans. The Model 30-34 roadster and 30-35 Phaeton open car bodies were built in house by General Motors/Buick. While Commercial bodies may have been placed on either of the chassis in the US I have not been able to locate any information on any surviving.

There is even a distinction between early and late Marquette's as there was a change in the dash panel and the ventilator windshield - shield panel. The Ventilator windshield crank up windshield that opens the bottom of the windshield to allow fresh air into the cars with the shield panel deflecting bugs and debris from entering the cars. Early cars had a solid black ventilator shield panel and solid black dash with no trim bezel. Late cars had a chrome bezel that bordered the gauge area of the dash and there was also an inset wood grain trimmed ventilator shield panel which had a pin stripe running around the entire ventilator panel wood grain inset. Both of these dressed the inside of the car up just a step above the plain initial look!

The Marquette name was initially planned to continue in 1931 as the "Marquette 8". Late in the production run GM sold over 3,000 Marquette Signs to its Dealer Franchise indicating the Name Brand would be a Buick Staple but times were "supposedly" tough. The GM bean counters decided that the Marquette 'supposedly under cut into Oldsmobile's sales more than it had cut into the DeSoto brand it was meant to sell against unlike the fast and furious advertising that had greeted the Marquette when it came onto the Buick scene brand pretty much just the brand just simply vanished. The 1931 series 50 Buicks replaced the planned "Marquette 8" name for the more streamlined Buick nameplates for the dealerships of 31. Another fact that few realize is many of those early 1931 Series 50 Buick's were using left over Marquette components including the drive line before switching over to the Buick based components part way through the 1931 Model Run!

Another little known fact is the Marquette's little L head Oldsmobile engine went on to be sold to the GM holdings of Opel who took the castings and production materials lock stock and barrel to Germany where the components were manufactured and installed in the German Opel Trucks in the mid 30's!

Well I know that was allot of information off the top of my head so if anyone would like any more information feel free to contact me!

Have a great day!

Yours in Marquette's!

Don Holton
BCA #3808
AACA #442233
topsdown@holtononline.com www.marquetteregistry.com www.holtononline.com


Post #2 of 3 | From: na, CA  USA | Registered: August 2009| Network: 67.241.229.xxx
Kevin Johnson 
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Message posted August 30th, 2009 09:27:13 AM
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Thanks Don!

Would you like a Marquette Photo Section?

Kevin




Post #30 of 42 | From: Woodland Hills, CA  USA | Registered: October 2002| Network: 76.219.184.xxx
sshaw 
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Message posted August 30th, 2009 07:00:04 PM
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Danc,

Olson's Gaskets is the place to call for your pan gasket. Just recieved one from him for my 1929-27 Buick and it was extremely reasonable and came complete with front and back cork pcs as well as the pan. www.olsonsgaskets.com/

Scott Shaw
sshaw1@gmail.com

Air cleaner I need as well so if you ever find a couple let me know!


Post #5 of 8 | From: Vancouver, WA  USA | Registered: July 2008| Network: 76.115.29.xxx
topsdown 
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Message posted September 8th, 2009 04:11:21 PM
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Sure I would be happy to supply some of the photos of Marquette's that I have been taking of late!

Thanks

Don Holton
BCA#3808
topsdown@holtononline.com
Marquette Owners Registry for Enthusiasts - ( M.O.R.E. ) www.marquetteregistry.com www.holtononline.com


Post #2 of 3 | From: na, CA  USA | Registered: August 2009| Network: 67.241.229.xxx
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