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Estate Wagon
Coachwork: Ionia
 
1947 was the first year for the Roadmaster Model 79 Estate Wagon and only 300 were produced. The current owners search has located less than 12 units that exist today.
The Estate Wagon rides on a 129-inch wheelbase and weighs 4,445 pounds. It is powered by a 320.2 cubic-inch, in-line, 8-cylinder engine developing 144 horsepower. It was the most expensive Buick model for that year, selling new for $3,249.
This restored model has a complete new wood body and took about three years to restore.
Estate Wagon
Coachwork: Ionia
 
The Roadmaster name first appeared on Buick automobiles in 1936 as a celebration of their engineering and advancements in design. The Roadmasters were built on Buick's longest wheelbase, and from 1946 to 1957 they were the most elegant and prestigious cars that Buick had to offer to the general public.

From 1936 to 1948 the Roadmaster appeared in coupe, sedan, convertible, and station wagon body styles. A hardtop coupe was added in 1949 and dubbed the Riviera.

There were 46,432 4-door Roadmasters built in 1947. This model cost $2,232 fresh from the showroom floor. Calculated from the official inflation factor tables, that would be $22,271 in today's dollars. One can't buy for that price today a luxury car that is equivalent to the status of the Roadmaster in the forties. The big car weighed in around 4,500 lbs.

In 1947, Buick sold 272,827 cars and was in fourth place after Ford, Chevrolet and Plymouth. Buick's high water mark for sales was 1985, when Buick sold 1,002,906 cars.
Sedanette
Chassis Num: 48066417
Engine Num: 24651480
 
Sold for $71,500 at 2008 RM Auctions.
Sold for $44,000 at 2009 RM Auctions.
Sold for $34,100 at 2011 RM Auctions.
High bid of $29,000 at 2011 Mecum. (did not sell)
Sold for $49,500 at 2014 Worldwide Auctioneers.
Buick introduced their Roadmaster in 1936 and it would continue until 1958. The Roadmaster rested on the longest wheelbase available to Buick throughout its history.

The 1947 Roadmaster was based on the pre-War design and powered by the proven 'Fireball Dynaflash' inline eight-cylinder engine, mated to a three-speed manual gearbox. The Roadmaster was available in coupe, sedan, convertible and station wagon models.

This Roadmaster Sedanette is painted in two-tone grey with only minor imperfections visible upon close examination. Exterior features include a spotlight, a driver's side mirror, bumper guards, chrome stone guards, wide whitewall tires and painted steel wheels with chrome wheel covers and trim rings. Passenger amenities include a clock, heater, defroster and a Sonomatic radio.

In 2009, it was offered for sale at the Vintage Motor Cars of Meadow Brook presented by RM Auctions. It was estimated to sell for $50,000-$70,000 and offered without reserve. The lot was sold for the sum of $44,000 including buyer's premium.

By Daniel Vaughan | Sep 2009
Convertible Coupe
Chassis Num: 14787169
 
Sold for $93,500 at 2013 RM Auctions.
With World War II over, automobile production resumed and struggled to keep up with the demand. Buick chose to keep their 1947 models largely the same as the original post-war cars of 1946. It was certainly a sellers' market that fostered a booming job creation arena and brought about newfound successes. For 1947, Buick found nearly 79,000 buyers for their Roadmaster vehicle.

This Convertible Coupe was seldom driven by its original lady owner, who, after many years, sold it to an Ohio collector named Len Immke. Years later, it was sold to his friend, Jim Miller. Mr. Miller kept the car original and occasionally drove it. After years of enjoying the car, it was sold to Charles Cawley, who had the Buick cosmetically restored to very high standards. Mr. Miller missed the car and was able to persuade Mr. Cawley to sell it back to him.

The car is finished in Sequoia Cream, with maroon leather and tan cloth upholstery with a black cloth top. It is equipped with a power front bench seat, power windows, an AM radio, a heater, a power top, and carpeted floor mats.

Power is from a 320.2 cubic-inch 'Fireball' valve-in-head inline eight-cylinder engine mated to a three-speed manual transmission.

By Daniel Vaughan | Dec 2013
The Roadmaster named first appeared on Buick automobiles in 1936 as a celebration of their engineering improvements and advancements in design. The Buick Series 80 became known as the Roadmaster. The Roadmasters were built on the longest wheelbase Buick had to offer. From 1946 through 1957 they were the most elegant and prestigious automobiles that Buick sold.

From 1936 through 1948 the Roadmaster appeared in coupe, sedan, convertible and station wagon bodystyles. A hardtop coupe was added in 1949 and dubbed the Riviera.

The Roadmaster named reappeared in 1991 and continued in production until 1996. It served as a replacement for the Electra model line and offered as an Estate Wagon. A sedan was introduced in 1992.

The end of the 1953 Buick Roadmaster station wagon meant the end of the last wood-bodied station wagon to be mass-produced in the United States. In 1996, the end of the Buick Roadmaster Estate Wagon meant the end of the full-size family station wagons.

By Daniel Vaughan | Mar 2006
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