1956 Buick Series 40 Special Convertible Coupe Vehicle Profile

1956 Buick Series 40 Special photograph

1956 Buick Series 40 Special photograph

1956 Buick Series 40 Special photograph

1956 Buick Series 40 Special photograph

1956 Buick Series 40 Special photograph

1956 Buick Series 40 Special photograph

1956 Buick Series 40 Special photograph

1956 Buick Series 40 Special photograph

1956 Buick Series 40 Special photograph

1956 Buick Series 40 Special photograph

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Convertible Coupe
Probably the most 'special' about this 1956 Buick Special is the personal story behind it. For most of its history as a full-size car, beginning in 1936, the Special was Buick's least expensive and often the most popular model. Halfway through 1949, Buicks received their first postwar redesign. Then in 1954 a new wider, lower body on an all-new chassis and the more powerful 'Nailhead' V8 engine was introduced.

Mid-1955 brought the Buick Special and Century Riviera (along with the Oldsmobile 88 and 98 Holiday) which are four-door pillar-less hardtops, an industry first. 1956 saw another restyle, the larger 322 cubic-inch (5.3 L) V8 engine and the addition of the Caballero four-door hardtop station wagon. Throughout this period, Buick Specials (typically two-tone) wore three trademark fender VentiPorts over a chrome 'Sweep-spear' that arched downward from above their front wheel openings to their rear wheels, then up and over their rear wheel openings.

For the first time - in 1956 - all Buicks used the same engine: Buick's 322 cubic-inch V-8 that developed 200 horsepower and was capable of 110 miles per hour top speed.

All 1956 series cars, including the Special, now featured the rear wheelhouse cutout. The Special also featured three oval ventiports on the front fenders - a Buick styling signature. Standard special equipment included dual horns, map lights, front and rear armrests, directional signals, sliding sunshades, cigarette lighter and glove box light.

For 1956, Buick climbed to number three in sales, with 572,024 units sold, which represented nine percent of the total market share.

This particular example is finished in Seafoam Green over Dover White.


No auction information available for this vehicle at this time.

2019 4
2018 3
2017 6
2016 2
2015 2
2014 4
2013 5
2012 4
2011 7
2010 1

YearAvg. SaleHigh Sale# of Sales
2019$50,325$66,0004
2018$65,833$102,3003
2017$20,758$52,2506
2016$32,450$55,0002
2015$72,725$104,5002
2014$19,250$35,0004
2013$21,945$55,0005
2012$37,725$72,6004
2011$28,929$101,2007
2010$38,500$38,5001

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1956 sales)
1956 BUICK SPECIAL CUSTOM COUPE
Chassis#: 4C4006877
Sold for $66,000
  2019 Barrett-Jackson : Northeast
 
1956 BUICK SPECIAL CONVERTIBLE
Chassis#: 4C6048499
Sold for $55,000
  2019 Barrett-Jackson : Palm Beach
 
1956 Buick Special
Sold for $17,600
  2019 Mecum : Kissimmee
 
1956 Buick Special Convertible
Sold for $62,700
  2019 Mecum : Kissimmee
 
1956 Buick Special Convertible
Sold for $46,200
  2018 Mecum : Las Vegas
 
1956 BUICK SPECIAL CONVERTIBLE
Chassis#: 4C6048499
Sold for $102,300
  2018 Barrett-Jackson : Palm Beach
 
1956 Buick Special Convertible
Sold for $49,000
  2018 GAA : Jerry & June Smith Collection
 
1956 Buick Special 40 Series
Sold for $8,000
  2017 GAA : July
 
1956 Buick Special
Sold for $14,800
  2017 GAA : July
 
1956 Buick Special
Sold for $12,000
  2017 Mecum : Houston
 
1956 Buick Special Convertible
Sold for $52,250
  2017 Auctions America : Fort Lauderdale
 
1956 Buick Special
Sold for $23,000
  2017 Silver Auction - Arizona in January 2017
 
1956 Buick Special Riviera
Sold for $14,500
  2017 Mecum : Kissimmee
 
1956 BUICK SPECIAL CONVERTIBLE
Chassis#: 4C1127628
Sold for $55,000
  2016 Barrett-Jackson : Las Vegas
 
1956 Buick Special
Sold for $9,900
  2016 Silver Auction - Coeur d'Alene
 
1956 BUICK SPECIAL CONVERTIBLE
Chassis#: 4C6048499
Sold for $104,500
  2015 Barrett-Jackson - Palm Beach
 
1956 BUICK SPECIAL
Sold for $40,950
  2015 McCormick's - Palm Springs # 58
 
1956 Buick Special Estate Wagon
Sold for $19,250
  2014 Auctions America - Auburn Fall
 
1956 Buick Special Sedan
Sold for $11,000
  2014 Auctions America - Auburn Fall
 
1956 Buick Special
Sold for $11,750
  2014 Mecum - Kissimmee
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1956 Buick Series 40 Special's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1956 BUICK SPECIAL 2018 McCormick's # 65$19,000  
1956 Buick Special Convertible 2017 Mecum : Las Vegas$45,000  
1956 Buick 40 Special 2017 Silver Auction Arizona in March 2017$22,000  
1956 BUICK SPECIAL WAGON 2017 McCormick's # 62$23,000  
1956 Buick Special Convertible 2016 Mecum : Kansas City$40,000  
1956 Buick Special Estate Wagon 2016 Mecum Indianapolis   
1956 BUICK SPECIAL ESTATE WAGON 2015 Mecum Chicago$17,500  
1956 Buick Special Hardtop4C11322662014 Mecum : Anaheim$17,000  
1956 Buick Special Hardtop4C20049822014 Mecum : Anaheim$22,000  
1956 Buick Special Convertible 2014 Auctions America Auburn Spring$30,000  
1956 Buick Special Two-Door Riviera 2013 Auctions America Auburn Fall$12,500  
1956 Buick Special Hardtop 2013 Mecum Auctions Monterey$22,000  
1956 Buick 48 Special Sedan 2013 Mecum : Indianapolis$19,000  
1956 Buick Special Resto Mod 2013 Mecum Auctions Kissimmee, FL Auction$48,000  
1956 Buick Special 2013 Silver Auction Ft McDowell, Arizona$7,200  
1956 Buick Special Delivery Sedan 2012 Mecum Auctions Kansas City MO$22,000  
1956 Buick Special 2-Door 2011 Dana Mecum's Original Spring Classic Auction 24th Year$22,000  
1956 BUICK SPECIAL TWO-DOOR HARDTOP4C20320152010 Worldwide Auctions The Auburn Auction   
1956 Buick Special 2010 Branson Auctions Spring 2010$19,000  
1956 Buick Special Convertible 2009 Leake Auctions Dallas 37th Annual Leake Auto Auction Market Hall$40,000  
1956 BUICK SPECIAL 2009 Silver Auction Hot August Nights$23,250  
1956 BUICK SPECIAL4C20509872009 Silver Auction Greater Salt Lake$16,750  
1956 BUICK SPECIAL 2009 Palm Springs Exotic Car Auctions February 2009   
1956 BUICK SPECIAL4C40428252009 Silver Auction Arizona in January$30,000  
1956 Buick Special Series 40 Hard Top 2008 RM Auctions Classic Car Auction of Toronto Spring$6,400  
1956 BUICK SPECIAL4C40050252007 Silver Auction Portland$6,600  
1956 BUICK SPECIAL H/TOP 2DR 2007 Palm Springs Exotic Car Auctions February 2325, 2007$25,500  
1956 BUICK SPECIAL HARD TOP 2006 Palm Springs Exotic Car Auctions November 1719, 2006$26,000  
1956 BUICK SPECIAL TWO DOOR HARDTOP 2003 Kruse Auctions Las Vegas, NV   
1956 BUICK SPECIAL FOUR DOOR SEDAN 2003 Kruse Auction Scottsdale, AZ$7,000  

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