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The Marquette was an American Automobile built by The Buick Motor Car Co. in Flint, Michigan from 1929 to 1931. It was introduced as a new smaller Buick and designed to bridge the price gap between Buick and Oldsmobile.

Prices ranged from $990.00 for the Business Coupe to $1,060.00 for the Sedan.

In the late 1920s there was a trend toward companion cars. In 1925 Nash introduced the Ajax-Nash, in 1927 Overland began production of the Whippet and that same year REO introduced the Wolverine. Cadillac brought out the LaSalle and Studebaker produced the Erskine. So on June 1, 1929 Buick introduced the Marquette at Buick dealers.

1930 Marquette Phaeton
1930 Marquette Phaeton

Shown above is the 1930 Marquette Phaeton model 35 and 2,170 were produced. According to Buick-Marquette advertising - "You need only drive the new Marquette to realize that Buick has created an entirely new standard of performance by which all moderate priced cars must be judged." The five passenger Phaeton featured above offer beauty and good taste in line and color.

1930 Marquette Roadster
1930 Marquette Roadster

Shown above is the 1930 Marquette Roadster model 34 and 2,636 were produced. American Automobiles like the 1930 Marquette Roadster had great performance and was offered at a price that was within reach of millions. The Buick built Marquette was one medium price automobile that successfully meets both congested city and open country motoring.

1930 Marquette Coupe
1930 Marquette Coupe

Shown above is the 1930 Marquette Special Coupe model 36S with 4,405 units produced. This 1930 Marquette Coupe was one of six models produced by The Buick Motor Car Co. Total production of the Marquette was 35,007 units during the 1929, 1930 and 1931 production years.

1930 Marquette Business Coupe
1930 Marquette Business Coupe

The 1930 Marquette Business Coupe shown above, was usually the least expensive of every American Automobile manufacturer. With just a front seat and lots of room in the rear for samples, these cars were popular with traveling salesmen. This Model 36 Marquette Business Coupe had a total production of 2,475 units and sold for $990.00. That was $270.00 less than the 1930 Buick Business Coupe.

1930 Marquette Two Door Sedan
1930 Marquette Two Door Sedan

Shown above is the 1930 Marquette Two Door Sedan model 30 and 4,722 of these cars were produced. The Marquette was also known as the "Baby Buick." It's wheelbase was 114 inches compared to 118 inch wheel base of Buick's smallest 1930 Series 40 automobile.

1930 Marquette Four Door Sedan
1930 Marquette Four Door Sedan

The five passenger Four Door Sedan model 37 was the most popular of all the six Marquette models. A total of 16,123 units were produced. Their popularity can be seen in the 1929-1930 Marquette advertisement shown below.

1929 Marquette
1929 Marquette
1929 Marquette Four Door Sedan
1929 Marquette Sedan
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The first Marquette was available in Buick show rooms on June 1, 1929. Many early Marquette's were registered as 1929. Only 1930 models were produced due to the Great Depression. Some Marquette's were even registered as 1931 models. The Marquette Bodies were built by Fisher.

1929 Marquette Roadster
1929 Marquette Roadster
1929 Buick-Marquette
1929 Marquette
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The Marquette engine was a slightly modified F-28 Oldsmobile six cylinder engine from 1928 and not the popular and very reliable Over Head Valve Buick six cylinder. The Marquette engine was of the 'L' head type which means the valves are at the side and not overhead.

1929 Marquette Four Door Sedan
1929 Marquette Sedan
1929 Marquette Four Door Sedan
1929 Marquette Sedan
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