1955 Buick Roadmaster Series 70 news, pictures, specifications, and information
This 1955 Buick Roadmaster Convertible was offered for sale at the 2007 Blackhawk Collection Exhibit held at the Pebble Beach Concours. It carried a price tag of $175,000.
This car has been treated to a frame-off restoration with 61,000 original miles. It is a National Show Winner at the 2005 Buick Club of America, Buick Club of American National Meet Gold Award, 13th Annual Buick Pontiac Show it won 1st Place and Best of Show, Wachusett 31st Antique & Classic it won 1st Place Winner. This vehicle has undergone a complete frame-off restoration to the highest standards with all stock components. The vehicle is powered with its 322 cubic-inch V8 producing 236 horsepower. This is one of the finest 1955 Buick Roadmaster Convertibles in the country.
Buick Roadmaster Prototype (BX 279B)
This car appears to be a standard 1955 Buick Roadmaster. But in fact, it is a one-off prototype built for one of General Motors' Motorama shows. These extravaganzas were marketing masterstrokes, high profile traveling road shows designed to showcase GM's innovative design and engineering. These prototypes allowed the public to see new models before they actually went into production. They were virtually hand-built and hugely expensive to fabricate.
In 1988, there were 36 of these Roadmasters registered in the United States out of 4,739 produced in 1955. This Roadmaster has a 322 cubic-inch V8 engine that produces 236 horsepower. It has power steering, power brakes, power windows, power seats and electro-hydraulic convertible top. The Buick was purchased in 1955 by Stanley Waters at Haygood Buick in Miami, Florida. It was sold to the current owner 40 years later in May of 1995.
The vehicle underwent a three-year, frame-off registration at Chris Smith's Creative Workshop in Dania, Florida. The car was delivered to the current owners at a Buick, Olds, Pontiac show in Pembroke Pines Florida on April 12th of 2002.
In a sizzling season, GM's venerable Buick line was the barn burner. Although styling was only moderately changed from the all-new 1954 model, buyer reaction was nothing short of astounding. More than 700,000 Buicks rolled off the lines in 1955, enough to oust Plymouth from the coveted number-three sales slot.
The Roadmster shared its GM C-body with the Super. The Century and Special models used the slightly smaller GM B-Body. Like the high-performance Century, the Roadmaster was powered by Buick's well-respected 'nailhead' 322 cubic-inch V8 engine.
This Buick Roadmaster was acquired in 2006 by the current owners, and lovingly restored to its present condition.
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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