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Lot 13
1949 Buick Roadmaster Estate Wagon
OFFERED WITHOUT RESERVE

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CHASSIS NO: 15139982

• Buick Club of America and AACA Senior Award winner
• Brilliant one-year-only styling
• 1 of only 653 produced
• Formerly of the Del De Young Collection


320 cid Straight Eight engine, 150 HP, Dynaflow three-speed automatic transmission; wheelbase: 126”


While the entire American automotive industry grappled with the harsh realities of the Great Depression, Buick wisely gave the reins to Harlow Curtice to be President of Buick in 1933, creating a decisive turning point for the foundational GM division. Under the watchful guidance of Curtice, Buick prospered and solidified its growing reputation for refined styling, luxurious amenities, superior engineering, and surprisingly affordable pricing. Just three years of steady growth under the new leadership, Buick introduced its entirely new model line which included the Roadmaster. From 1936 through 1945, it served as one of Buick’s entry level vehicles. When 1946 came around, the Roadmaster was brilliantly upgraded and promoted as their flagship model. Receiving yet another upgrade in the year 1949, the Roadmaster received its first major postwar restyling. The biggest changes were the larger two-piece, curved glass windshield that the sales team would describe as an “observation lookout,” as it gave the driver a much broader range of view, as well as the all-new “ventiports”. The ventiports were essentially four strategically placed “vent” holes on each side of the front fenders that were not only added for their looks and flare, but also helped ventilate the entire engine compartment allowing it to run at a much smoother rate. Buick offered multiple different body styles for the year 1949, but of all the styles produced the most desirable today are the wood bodied Estate Wagons. In total, a mere 653 were produced which equated to less than .2% of total production for Buick in the year; combine that with its one-year-only styling and you have one of the most sought-after Buicks to be produced.

Arguably one of Buicks most elegant models because of its successful blend of dramatic sweep-spear fender lines, strategically placed chrome components, and modern-day features comes the 1949 Buick Roadmaster Estate Wagon offered here. Formerly part of the Del De Young Collection, a well known Buick collector, this Roadmaster boasts a delightful award-winning frame-off restoration that draws in attention everywhere it goes. Accompanied by photos of the car before the restoration took place, one can see the outside has been repainted in its original Royal Maroon paint and all the chrome features have been brilliantly replated or replaced. Originally getting all its wood panels from the Ionia, Michigan plant where it was built, all the proper steps to restore and varnish the elegant mahogany wood back to its showroom appearance were taken. Four new wide whitewall tires, matched with full-size chromed wheel covers, were added for a period-correct look.

The interior features fine leather upholstery that matches the exterior paint and the new-for-1949 “Foamtex” seat cushions that seamlessly complement the mahogany veneers. The Roadmaster also had many modern features for its time like a flexible spoke steering wheel, anti-glare rearview mirror, electric in-dash clock, and rear cabin light.

Powered by a torquey Fireball 320 cid Straight Eight engine capable of producing 150 horsepower all backed by an innovative Dynaflow three-speed automatic transmission, this Buick can be fully relied on if the new owner desires to take this out on a Sunday drive or a multiple day long car tour. This beautiful restoration also garners some of the most sought-after awards one can strive for in the Buick realm: A Buick Club of America Senior award, BCA Preservation Award, 1946-1960 Post War Buick award from the Saint Louis Nationals, as well as an AACA Senior Award. With a good amount of experience at prestigious shows, this Roadmaster is still sure to find its place on the podium. For fans of genuine wood-bodied wagons, this 1949 Buick Roadmaster is an absolute pinnacle of desirability.

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