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Station Wagon
Chassis Num: 6D4024794
Sold for $93,500 at 2007 RM Auctions.
The Buick Century Caballero Estate Wagon was positioned by Buick near the upper end of the market. It featured the unique Buick styling cues, powered by the Century's powerful V8 engines, and given a long list of amenities and luxury items. They were quick and refined machines. However, the Caballero was produced for only a short time, lasting from 1957 through 1958. The car had high construction costs which resulted in Buick canceling the Caballero along with the Century name the following year. The Century nameplate would be later revived and adorned on Buick vehicles while the Caballero name has laid dormant.

This 1957 Buick Century Caballero Wagon was offered for sale at the 2007 RM Auctions held in Meadow Brook. The car was estimated to fetch between $80,000 - $100,000. It is powered by a 364 cubic-inch V8 engine that is capable of producing an estimated 300 horsepower. The car has a three-speed gearbox and four-wheel drum brakes. It is one of the few surviving examples of the Caballero and is one of the finest of its kind. The car has been treated to both a cosmetic and mechanical restoration. It is finished in red and white paint with four-wire wheels and period-correct whitewall tires. The upholstery is finished in red and white. The car is equipped with power windows and seats, which were standard at the time.

The estimated value proved to be very accurate and the bidding agree with those figures. The car found a new owner with the selling price of $93,500.

By Daniel Vaughan | Aug 2007
Station Wagon
With styling inspired by the Centurion 'dream car' from 1956, Buick fielded an all-new line of cars for 1957. This distinctive new automobile was instantly identifiable, with its graceful interpretation of Buick's traditional 'Sweep Spear side trim, full wheel openings and dipper rear beltline. Vertical grille bars, 'Venti-Port' trims on front fenders and vertical rear tail lamps were all in keeping with recent Buick design trends.

The daring Century Caballero Estate Wagon - GM's finest and most expensive station wagon - wore Buick's new styling especially well. Especially noteworthy is the full four-door hardtop 'pillar-less' construction. Buick station wagon bodies were constructed by the Ionia Body Company, an independent supplier to GM located near Flint. The Caballero utilized a 300 horsepower version of the Buick V8, enlarged to 364 cubic-inches for 1957, and Dynaflow automatic transmission with a new Variable Pitch feature. 'When time and good judgment demand it, you can switch the pitch by flooring the pedal and call forth a brand-new safety burst of power like you've never seen before,' enthused Buick copywriters. The 'Horizontal Redline' speedometer would closely monitor forward progress.

This Caballero is painted in 'Mint Green and Dover White' two-tone paint and was restored over twenty years ago by a previous owner who found the tired, but rust-free car in Simi Valley, California. The current owner acquired it in 2005.
Station Wagon
Chassis Num: D2034615
Sold for $132,000 at 2014 Gooding & Company.
Buick introduced the Caballero in 1957, integrating the Riviera's four-door pillarless sedan styling into a station wagon. Though GM produced several station wagon models during this period, the Caballero is the only vehicle to feature such a design.

The Buick Caballero had a revised front fascia and was equipped with the company's new 'Nailhead' V-8. The vertical-valve motor offered 300 horsepower on the Century models, and 325 horsepower with the optional high-performance 'tri-power' carburetion.

For 19587, the Buick was restyled once again, eliminating their classic fender portholes and the two-tone color treatment of the sweep spear. 1957 was the final year to feature these revered styling cues.

Production of the Buick Caballero lasted for just two years.

This particular example was given a restoration by the late Mike Fennel. Along with having restored several Pebble Beach-awarded prewar classics, he also served as the Blackhawk Collection's technical manager for 35 years.

This car is finished in a two-tone scheme of teal over white, and a new interior of pearl white leather with blue piping. The car was given slight 'hot rod' treatment which included lowering its ride height and removing the door handles.

The car is powered by the 401 cubic-inch Nailhead V8 engine fitted with three 2-barrel 'Tri-Power' carburetors and offering 325 horsepower. There is an automatic 700R4 transmission with disc brakes in the front and drums in the rear.

By Daniel Vaughan | Apr 2014
Station Wagon
Chassis Num: 6D2016949
Sold for $280,000 at 2014 Gooding & Company.
The Buick Caballero, sold only in the 1957 and 1958 model years, was positioned at the top of the Buick line. The design and inspiration for the Caballero came from the 1956 Buick Centurion Dream Car. The Caballero has a B-pillarless design and sweeping door line. Though they were popular, the high production costs led to the cancellation of the Caballero model before 1959.

This Estate Wagon has been donated to the George W. Bush Foundation by Portland's Sondland-Durant Foundation. It was sold new in 1957 by William Murphy Buick in Culver City, California. The original owner retained the car until 2012.

The car is powered by a 363 cubic-inch overhead valve V-8 engine fitted with 4-barrel downdraft carburetors. The 300 horsepower is sent to the rear wheels via a Dynaflow Automatic gearbox with disc brakes in the front and hydraulic drums in the rear.

By Daniel Vaughan | Oct 2014
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