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1955 Buick Special Series 40 Convertible Coupe / 4B4083179 Vehicle Information

1955 Buick Special Series 40 photograph

1955 Buick Special Series 40
Sold for $57,750 at 2014 Motor City Auction by RM Auctions.
Buick redesigned its model line for 1954; the following year, all that was needed with a simple freshening. Changes included 'Dagmar' front bumpers, named for the busty starlet for whom they resembled, and a wraparound windshield. In the back was a 'Florentine' window, and there were Ventiports that ran along each front fender. Many of these design cues were sourced from the 'dream car designs' that had been seen on Harley Earl's famous Motoramas.

This 1955 Buick Series 40 Special was part of the company's entry-level line. It came standard with a 188 horsepower, overhead-valve V8 engine, tubeless tires, directional signals, armrests, and additional insulation. Body styles included a two- and four-door hardtop, sedan, convertible, and a station wagon. Just over 10,000 examples of the Special Convertible were built.

This example is finished in two-tone Cherokee Red and Dover White and is equipped with a Sonomatic radio with a power antenna, wide whitewall bias-ply tires, vinyl upholstery with proper carpets, and power steering.

Since new, the car has been treated to a restoration. It is an AACA Senior award winner, and the car still wears the appropriate badge.


By Daniel Vaughan | Oct 2014



2014 Motor City Auction by RM Auctions

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $60,000-USD $80,000 
Sale Price :
USD $57,750

1955 Buick Special Series 40 Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1955 sales)
1955 Buick Special Riviera Hardtop
Sold for USD$37,400
  2021 Mecum : Glendale
 
1955 Buick Special Two-Door Sedan
Sold for USD$16,500
  2020 RM Sothebys : Auburn Fall Auction
 
1955 Buick Special Riviera Coupe
Chassis#: 4B1133977
Sold for USD$19,250
  2020 RM Sothebys : Open Roads, North America
 
1955 Buick Special Riviera
Sold for USD$24,200
  2020 Mecum : Indy
 
1955 Buick Special Riviera Coupe
Chassis#: 4B1133977
Sold for USD$18,150
  2019 Auburn Spring : RM Auctions
 
1955 Buick Special
Sold for USD$11,500
  2019 GAA : March 2019
 
1955 Buick Special Estate Wagon
Chassis#: 4B1113385
Sold for USD$23,520
  2019 RM Sothebys : Scottsdale Arizona
 
1955 Buick Special Coupe
Sold for USD$23,925
  2019 Russo & Steele : Scottsdale
 
1955 Buick Riviera Special
Sold for USD$23,100
  2018 Mecum : Las Vegas
 
1955 Buick Special
Sold for USD$14,000
  2018 GAA : November 2018
 
1955 Buick Special Riviera
Sold for USD$33,000
  2018 Mecum : 2018 Chicago
 
1955 Buick Special Riviera Coupe
Chassis#: 4B1133977
Sold for USD$29,700
  2018 RM Sothebys : Hershey
 
1955 Buick Riviera Special
Sold for USD$7,646
  2018 Collector Car - Toronto Spring
 
1955 Buick Special Convertible
Sold for USD$47,000
  2018 GAA : Jerry & June Smith Collection
 
1955 Buick Special
Sold for USD$30,000
  2017 Mecum : Las Vegas
 
1955 Buick Special
Sold for USD$27,000
  2017 Silver Auction - Arizona in January 2017
 
1955 Buick Special Riveria
Sold for USD$19,000
  2016 GAA : July 2016
 
1955 Buick Special
Sold for USD$17,500
  2015 Mecum : Denver
 
1955 Buick Special
Sold for USD$14,500
  2015 Mecum : Kissimmee
 
1955 Buick Special Four-Door Sedan
Sold for USD$15,400
  2014 Auctions America - Auburn Fall
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1955 Buick Special Series 40's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1955 Buick Special 2021 Mecum : Houston 2021$32,000  
1955 Buick Special Rivera 2018 Mecum : Hershey$24,000  
1955 Buick Special 2017 Mecum : Las Vegas$23,000  
1955 Buick Special Estate Wagon4B11133852016 Mecum : Monterey   
1955 BUICK SPECIAL CONVERTIBLE 2015 Mecum Harrisburg$55,000  
1955 Buick Special Convertible 2015 Auctions America Fort Lauderdale$37,000  
1955 Buick 2013 Mecum Dan Mecum's 26th Spring Classic$25,500  
1955 Buick 46C Special Convertible 264/188 HP, Automatic 2013 Mecum Dan Mecum's 26th Spring Classic$60,000  
1955 Buick 46C Special Convertible 2013 Mecum : Indianapolis$60,000  
1955 Buick Special 2013 Auctions America Auburn Spring$8,400  
1955 Buick Special4B20546282013 Silver Auction Ft McDowell, Arizona$51,000  
1955 Buick Special 2012 Mecum Auctions St. Paul, MN Auction$10,000  
1955 Buick 4-Door 2011 Mecum Auctions Kansas City, MO Spring Auction$20,000  
1955 Buick Special 46C Convertible 2009 Classic Car Auction of Toronto Spring$52,500  
1955 Buick Special 4D 2008 RM Auctions Classic Car Auction of Toronto Fall$9,500  
1955 BUICK SPECIAL4B11139372008 Silver Auction Hot August Nights$15,000  
1955 Buick Special Coupe 2004 Michigan International Fall Classic Car Auction$11,000  
1955 BUICK SPECIAL TWO DOOR 2002 Kruse Auction Dallas, TX$3,500  
1955 BUICK SPECIAL CONVERTIBLE 2001 Kruse Auction Branson, MO$24,000  
1955 BUICK SPECIAL RIVIERA TWO DOOR HARDTOP 2001 Kruse Auction West Palm Beach, FL$21,000  

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Buick Special Series 40 Vehicle Profiles
Sedan
Buick Special Series 40 Sedan

Model Year: 1950
Profile
Deluxe Two-Door Sedan
Buick Special Series 40 Deluxe Two-Door Sedan

Model Year: 1951
Profile
2-Door Sedan
Buick Special Series 40 2-Door Sedan

Model Year: 1954

Convertible Coupe
Buick Special Series 40 Convertible Coupe

Chassis Num: 4B4083179
Model Year: 1955
Profile and Auction History
Convertible Coupe
Buick Special Series 40 Convertible Coupe

Model Year: 1956
Profile
Sedan
Buick Special Series 40 Sedan

Model Year: 1956

Hardtop Coupe
Buick Special Series 40 Hardtop Coupe

Chassis Num: 4C7019704
Model Year: 1956
Profile and Auction History
Convertible Coupe
Buick Special Series 40 Convertible Coupe

Model Year: 1957
Profile
Convertible Coupe
Buick Special Series 40 Convertible Coupe

Chassis Num: 84025090
Model Year: 1957
Profile and Auction History

Hardtop Coupe
Buick Special Series 40 Hardtop Coupe

Chassis Num: D4027598
Model Year: 1957
Profile and Auction History
Convertible Coupe
Buick Special Series 40 Convertible Coupe

Chassis Num: 4E7003863
Model Year: 1958
Profile and Auction History


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