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Buick Roadmaster 1949 5.2 Straight 8 Dynaflow 66k Rebuild US For Sale

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  • £18,500 Or near offer
  • 1949
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Price £18,500 Or near offer
Ad Type For Sale
Category Classic Cars
Make Buick
Model RoadMaster
Year 1949
Mileage 66,718 miles
Country UK
Region Lincolnshire
Telephone 01895 754880
Status Trade
Date 05-Jan-2021
Ref C1281072
1949 Buick Roadmaster 320 cubic inch 5.2 Litre Straight Eight Fireball Petrol Engine with Dynaflow Automatic Gearbox, Series 70 126” Wheelbase Model 71 6 Passenger Four Door Sedan Saloon. Fully Rebuilt in the U.S.A. before being imported into the U.K. in 2006 by the present owner at 62,107 miles. Receipts present show £26,764.43 has been spent since being exported including changing from 6 volts to 12 volts, reconditioning the transmission, fitting a replacement steering box, reskimming the cylinder head, paintwork and installing a Kenlowe Fan, Panasonic C.D. player and Rear Wiper, mileage is now 66,718.

This has to be the ultimate usable Pre V8 Post War American Luxury car and is ready to be driven and enjoyed. This Buick would also make a superb attraction for period events such as Goodwood Revival or to promote Theme Parks or U.S.A. American Themed Diners and Restaurants. This certainly draws attention when out and about, we believe it is the only one for sale in the U.K.. A Convertible Roadmaster was the star of the film “Rain Man” staring Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffmann and a Sedanet features in TinTin.

Left Hand Drive. Road Tax and M.O.T. Test Historic Exempt, last tested 25/06/2012 at 65,913 miles. Registered 910XUA on American style plates. Front and Rear Badge Bars included with RAC badge. The Windscreens Display both a Buick Club UK Sticker and a Merlin Aviation Pilot sticker so it has clearly been owned by a motoring and aviation enthusiast.

Allendale Green Coachwork with Orange Wheels and White Wall Tyres with Hampton Coach Grey and Black 6 seat Interior and of course Acres of Chrome.

We have an original Buick Owners Guide handbook and a huge history file with many invoices and photographs, this is a unique motor car and no expense has been spared under the present ownership, the owner even travelled to the U.S.A. to view and purchase it. All shipping and import documents included.

Overall this Roadmaster is in superb condition and is ready to attract attention anywhere it goes. The coachwork is superb for the age of the motor car as it was painted 14 years ago not 71 so it really stands out, especially as more paint improvements have been done since 2006, there are a few minor marks, flaws, scratches and minor corrosion areas but nothing major. The large amount of chrome trim is in very good condition with just a few minor flaws, scratches and corrosion. The doors and the trunk close easily with precision and the bonnet can be opened either direction or easily removed. The rebuilt straight eight engine starts instantly from hot or cold from the throttle pedal after turning the key and sounds lovely and is very quiet at tickover, it is much more perky than the later slow reving V8’s . Gear changes and selection are very smooth due to the recent gearbox reconditioning. It runs very cool with a unique ride which is soft and smooth but not as floaty as the later American luxury saloons. The interior shows very few signs of wear and is super spacious and comfortable, the trunk / boot is also very large and practical and contains the spare wheel. The undercarriage and chassis is in unbelievable condition, we have photographs available.

One will struggle to buy a Post War Straight Eight large American Motor Car that has had this high level of expenditure and has also been driven, most just cover a few hundred miles a year with just basic maintenance. This example has the detachable rear spats or wheel shields which add to the look, the closest U.K. car is probably a Mark 7 Jaguar which we also have for sale. This must be one of the last large, luxury American saloons without power steering, it does not need power assistance due to the low gearing.

The Roadmaster received its first major postwar restyling in 1949. The biggest change was a much larger two piece, curved glass windshield that the sales brochure described as like an “observation car.” It was also in 1949 that Buick introduced "VentiPorts." Four were displayed on each of the Roadmaster's front fenders. The sales brochure noted that VentiPorts helped ventilate the engine compartment. The idea for VentiPorts grew out of a modification Buick styling chief Ned Nickles had added to his own 1948 Roadmaster. He had installed four amber lights on each side of his car's hood wired to the distributor so as to flash on and off as each piston fired simulating the flames from the exhaust stack of a fighter airplane. Combined with the bombsight mascot / hood ornament, VentiPorts put the driver at the controls of an imaginary fighter airplane. If family outings were your thing then this particular Buick represented first class accommodation that was unmatched by anything else in period. In short, the Roadmaster was the finest, most luxurious car built in America at the time.

These exceptional Buicks rarely come to market in America so to have one on offer in the UK is a rare thing indeed. If ’40s/'50s Americana is your thing then this particular Buick presents a very rare opportunity indeed and one that is unlikely to be repeated in the near future. A head turning land yacht that clearly attracts attention, just look at the Bucktooth Snarling front Grille.

This Motor Car can be viewed by prior appointment at our storage site 7 miles North of Lincoln railway station, with good access from the A1 Road and the London to Edinburgh Mainline Railway.

Price £18,500 o.n.o.

Julian Brown Classic Car Commissions specialise in sales and sourcing of Rolls–Royce, Bentley and Mercedes-Benz motor cars, we will however sell or source any Motor Car or Automobilia item on your behalf with the sale of motor cars starting from 3% all in. We are privileged to offer this fine Buick for sale on behalf of its owner, for further information please telephone or send a message via this advert.

We also offer Secure, Dry and Discreet Indoor Car Storage 7 Miles from Lincoln City Station which is connected to London Kings Cross and St. Pancras with easy access from the A1 Road. Located on a private country estate with C.C.T.V. and Electric Gated Access we offer the perfect location for storing your motor car from 1 Week to Long Term continuous storage, your car can be laid up or exercised on lovely quiet rural Lincolnshire country lanes and looked after by ourselves, rates start from £10 per week, please contact us for further information.

Please see our other items for more Motor Cars and Automobilia items.

Please note this Motor Car can be viewed strictly by prior appointment.
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