LIMA — Dave Dotson, of Lima, has owned this 1939 Buick Sunshine Turret Top 4 door sedan with suicide doors for approximately four years now.
”It belonged to one family since 1939. It got wrecked in 1965 and was left sitting beside the garage for several years, then they moved it inside and that’s where it sat for another 25 years,” said Dotson.
Lakeview was where the original owners lived. Dotson’s son was mowing the grass and knew the lady and had seen it sitting in the garage. He mentioned that his dad liked old cars.
“That’s how I met her and she just passed away last year. She was near 90, but her dad had bought the car new in 1939. When they wrecked it, he gave it to her husband and it just sat there,” said Dotson.
Dotson loves cars, especially one of a kind cars.
“What makes this one unique is it does have a factory sunroof. They were called the sunshine turret car. Cadillac came out with it in 1938, ’39, ’40 and ’41, Buick, Cadillac and LaSalle offered that roof. I’ve talked to a lot of old guys from that era and they said they never knew it existed,” said Dotson.
The car features the original drive train. Dotson has put all new brakes and other parts on. The interior is original, as well. The top slides just like a sunroof does.
”It has a locking steering wheel. Turn the key on and flip the lever down, then you touch the gas pedal and it starts. Buick used that up to about 1953, starting the car with your foot. It runs real good. It has the old six volt system. I take it over to Happy Daz quite often. My wife won’t ride in it. She said if I paint it one color she would ride in it. I told her I didn’t want to paint it because that’s the original color. It’s just a neat old car,” said Dotson.