1929 Marquette owned by Sal Canzoneri
WHAT MAKES IT INTERESTING
Taking advantage of a booming auto market during the Roaring ‘20s, manufacturers decided to offer high-quality, less-expensive model lines to slake the public’s thirst for even more new cars. Pontiac fielded the Oakland in 1926 and Cadillac the LaSalle a year later. Buick’s timing could not have been worse with the launch of its 1929 Marquette on the eve of the Great Depression. “The market fell through and the Marquette had only been made for 16 months by Buick,” says Canzoneri. “So they even sold the few that they had left in 1930 and 1931 until they got rid of them.”
HOW LONG HE’S OWNED IT
WHERE HE FOUND IT
“I was looking for an older car, maybe something in the ‘40s,” he says, “but a fellow teacher saw this car sticking out of a garage in Amityville (New York) and I was interested. The owner wanted $1,500. I gave him $1,100 for a pile of junk and took it home with me.”
“To begin with,” says Canzoneri, “the car has a completely wood frame and the wood was almost all rotted. Being a high school wood shop teacher, I was able to tackle this. I was only concerned about parts that were missing. I taught many different subjects, including machine shop, sheet metal, foundry and so on, so that wasn’t really a problem.” Over the next 11 years, he restored the entire car himself, including paint and interior.
TIPS FOR OWNERS
“Never do anything like this unless you have the facilities,” he advises. “Buy a car that’s already restored. You’ll pay extra money, but you’ll have fewer headaches.”
Canzoneri estimates his Marquette is worth $35,000 to $45,000. When it was new, he says, the car “was a little pricey” at $960, almost three times the cost of a Model A Ford.
THE BOTTOM LINE
“I feel great in it,” he says. “I love it. I take it out every week if I possibly can, even in the wintertime if the roads are clear. I go to as many shows as I possibly can. I go to the bank and I do some shopping, and Sundays I go to mass with it in Seaford (New York).”