Sold for $59,400 at 2010 RM Auctions
The Roadmaster was offered between 1936 and 1958 and was second in Buick's lineup only to the new Limited series. available for the last time in 1958, until the return of the nameplate in 1991, the Roadmaster was available as a four-door hardtop, a two-door convertible coupe, and a two-door hardtop coupe. For 1958, the Series 75 Roadmaster was given all of the bright-work found on the Super plus wheelhouse moldings, rocker panel molding and ribbed inserts to the rear fender flashes. Standard features included all those found on the other Buick series, plus power windows, a safety-cushion dash, carpeted floors and lower doors, a six-way power-adjustable front seat, a glare-proof rearview mirror, a safety buzzer, a brake warning light and Deluxe wheel covers. Closed models were available with either cloth or cloth and leather upholstery, with a standard all-leather interior for the convertible.
The 364 cubic-inch V8 Buick engine was rated at 300 horsepower with a 10.0:1 compression ratio. For 1958, Buick produced just 1,181 Roadmaster Convertibles, the rarest of the bodystyles on the Roadmaster.
This example is a rust-free California car that has been selectively restored as needed. The exterior is finished in Mohave Yellow, with a yellow and white leather interior and a new white convertible top. It has the 364 cid engine, power brakes, a power-operated seat, power steering, a power top, power windows and a power antenna.
In 2010, this Roadmaster was offered for sale at the Vintage Motor Cars of Meadow Brook event presented by RM Auctions. The car was estimated to sell for $65,000 - $85,000. As bidding came to a close, the car had been sold for the sum of $59,400 including buyer's premium.By Daniel Vaughan | Aug 2010
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