The Story of 38

• 1938 Buick ‘Special’ Modified into an Ambulance by Eureka Coach Works of Rock Falls, Illinois
• It was built for Veteran’s Home in King, WI where it was used for several years
• Flash Forward 30 years where it was found sitting in a barn in Texas
• The owner of Bell Ambulance, Rick Zehetner acquired it for $5000 in 1995
• Initial restoration was done in 1996
• Rick was not satisfied that it was not completely authentic to the era so a second restoration was done in 2002 to make the ambulance 99% authentic
• The AMBULANCE sign in the windshield was common at that time
• It was made to be easily switched out for a FUNERAL sign when needed as many ambulances from the era were owned by funeral homes and also served as hearses
• Driving the ambulance is hard work as it has no power steering, four wheel drum brakes with no power assist and is powered by a 107 horsepower inline 8 cylinder engine