David Dunbar Buick began experimenting with internal combustion engines during the 1890s. He had made a fortune in the plumbing business with the invention for permanently coating cast iron with enamel which allowed the production of 'white' baths at lower cost still in use today. Like Henry Ford, he started three successive companies to produce cars, only the third of which was successful and became the Buick Motor Company. William C. Durant gained control of the company and used it as the platform to build General Motors.
The Buick Roadmaster was completely redesigned on the C-Body platform for 1954 and received a new body with a rakishly lower roofline in 1957. It was nearly 10 inches longer and featured Buick's now iconic sweepspear side accents, front fender 'ventiports' and 'Dagmar' front bumpers. The interior featured a padded dashboard with a bright metallic dash motif. It was powered by a 365 cubic-inch 'nailhead' V8 engine producing 300 horsepower. The Roadmaster convertible was priced at $4,065 and just 4,364 were built.
This black over red convertible sports chrome wire wheels and full power accessories including brakes, steering, windows, antenna and Wonder Bar pushbutton radio.