1940 Buick Phaeton From Casablanca To Cross Auction Block
- A 1940 Buick Phaeton Limited 81C convertible that served as a backdrop for the ending of Casablanca will cross the auction block in New York on November 25.
- Bonhams estimates that the car will fetch as much as $500,000.
- The car has been mechanically restored and is said to be in driving condition.
NEW YORK — A 1940 Buick Phaeton Limited 81C convertible that served as a backdrop for the ending of Casablanca will cross the auction block in New York on November 25.
Bonhams, the auction house offering the car, estimates that it will fetch as much as $500,000.
The car has been mechanically restored and is said to be in driving condition. It has about 42,000 miles on the odometer. The interior includes burns from chain-smoking actor Humphrey Bogart, a touch that only adds to the period correctness of the car.
The ending of Casablanca is considered to be one of the most memorable in film history, alongside such classics as Citizen Kane, Bonnie and Clyde and Planet of the Apes.
Casablanca starred Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman and Claude Rains. Some of the ending's great lines include: "We'll always have Paris."
"The car looms large in the final act of Casablanca," Bonhams said in a statement, noting that the film's "immortal moments" take place in front of the Buick.
The Buick was part of the automotive fleet of Warner Bros. and also appeared in other films, including High Sierra.
The buyer will get a DVD of the movie and a reproduction still.
The Buick is the automotive star of Bonhams' "What Dreams Are Made Of" auction. Other Hollywood memorabilia at the auction includes a W.C. Fields joke file, a pair of Laurel and Hardy derby hats and a sequined bathing suit owned by Esther Williams.
Edmunds says: It's not the Mustang from Bullitt, but this Buick is still a legendary movie vehicle.