With newfound energy and optimism in the aftermath of World War II, American car companies were rushing to produce fresh new designs for this new period in history. Tiny, independent Studebaker was first out of the blocks with an all new design with their Champion compact car. GM was a fair bit later to the market with their new offerings, but once they unveiled their new cars, they proved a massive success. At General Motors, Buick ranked a strong second to Cadillac in the range. Buicks were known for their quality, style and luxurious equipment, all in a package that was less ostentatious than a Cadillac and on par with something like a Junior series Packard. 1949 saw the debut of Buick’s first all-new post-war cars. Innovations such as the Dynaflow two-speed transmission were featured on large, solidly built automobiles that rode on luxurious coil-sprung chassis. New, thoroughly modern body styling was a drastic departure from the Art Deco designs of the late 1940s. The 1950 model year saw further refinements and the introduction of the distinctive, bright grille that lent the cars an unmistakable “toothy grin” appearance. At the top of the Buick range sat the 70-Series Roadmaster. The Roadmaster featured a 152 horsepower, 320 cubic inch OHV Straight-eight, the optional Dynaflow transmission, hydraulic brakes, coil spring suspension and plenty of posh, luxurious equipment.
One of only 3,000 top-of-the-line Roadmaster Convertibles produced in 1950, our featured example was professionally restored to exacting standards beginning with a solid, very original car as a basis, and presents today in wonderful condition, having been extremely well-kept since the restoration was performed. It was proudly displayed in the climate-controlled environment of the Weaver Collection and has seen very little use since its completion. Panel fit and finish is excellent on the original body panels, painted in a very attractive and period-correct dark metallic blue. The extensive stainless and chrome trim has been professionally plated and polished, and appears in very fine condition.
The opulent interior is beautifully trimmed in medium brown leather and accented by body-color door caps and dash. Matching door panels, tan carpets and a tan Haartz Stayfast fabric convertible top have also been upholstered to the same standard. Importantly, the large convertible top frame and mechanism has been restored so it functions properly with excellent fit. Masses of chrome trim adorn the dash panel which gives the cabin a luxurious, very stylish, and unmistakably classic American car feel. Looking underneath the car reveals the quality nature of the restoration as well as the fact that it has seen hardly any use. The big inline-8 remains clean and highly detailed, free of leaks and dirt. The engine is properly presented with correct hose clamps, decals, labels and finishes.
Exquisitely restored and hardly used since, this fabulous post-war classic remains in outstanding condition and is ready for use. It is easily one of the best 1950 Roadmasters in existence and we are proud to offer it to its next keeper.
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