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1950 Buick Series 70 Roadmaster LWB Riviera Sedan / 16340056 Vehicle Information

1950 Buick Series 70 Roadmaster photograph

1950 Buick Series 70 Roadmaster photograph

1950 Buick Series 70 Roadmaster photograph

1950 Buick Series 70 Roadmaster1950 Buick Series 70 Roadmaster1950 Buick Series 70 Roadmaster
Sold for $44,000 at 2015 RM Sotheby's : Motor City Auction.
Harlow Curtice came to General Motors from Champion Spark Plugs in 1933. He eventually would become GM Executive Vice-President in 1948 and President and C.E.O. in 1953. In 1950, he was offered a new Cadillac limousine for his personal use; instead, he requested a similarly modified Buick Roadmaster built by the shops where Harley Earl's GM Motorama 'dream cars' were built. The car they produced was a one-off example - this vehicle. Using a stock sedan on the 130.25-inch wheelbase, GM technicians installed a custom roofline with a sloping rear profile, with rear-door windows and their frames custom-modified to fit. The car was given many luxuries including power-operated exterior windows, hydraulic vent windows (a GM first), and a custom division window.

The chauffeur's compartment is upholstered in dark blue leather while the rear seats are upholstered in light blue broadcloth, surrounded by woodgrain trim with a green tint. Floor-ducted heating was provided to warm the passengers' feet.

It is believed that Mr. Curtice used the car for at least two years, during which time it is believed to have been updated in both 1951 and 1952 with that year's styling cues. Thus, it currently has the appearance of a 1952 model. The updates extended under the hood, where the engine has been fitted with the four-barrel carburetion standard on 1952 Roadmasters, as well as an 8:1 compression ratio and a special camshaft.

It is believed that after Mr. Curtice's use, it was then sold by General Motors to Lynch Buick, of Chicago, where it was displayed in the showroom until 1988. Mr. Joe Bortz then acquired the car and retained it until 2005. It made its way into the collection of Nicola Bulgari before being acquired by the Kughn collection.

Several years ago, the car was stripped to bare metal and refinished in its present shade of dark cobalt blue. It has a padded top and new period-correct wide whitewall tires.



2015 RM Sotheby's : Motor City Auction

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $35,000-USD $40,000 
Sale Price :
USD $44,000

1950 Buick Series 70 Roadmaster Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1950 sales)
1950 Buick Roadmaster Convertible
Sold for USD$72,600
  2021 Mecum : Chicago
 
1950 Buick Roadmaster Convertible
Chassis#: 15757065
Sold for USD$60,000
  2021 RM Sothebys : Hershey
 
1950 Buick Roadmaster Convertible
Chassis#: 15757065
Sold for USD$67,100
  2020 RM Sothebys : Auburn Fall Auction
 
1950 Buick Roadmaster Convertible Custom
Chassis#: 15697347
Sold for USD$55,000
  2020 Worldwide Auctioneers : Scottsdale Arizona Auction
 
1950 Buick Roadmaster Riviera Deluxe
Sold for USD$13,750
  2019 Mecum : Kissimmee
 
1950 Buick Roadmaster Limousine
Chassis#: 16340056
Sold for USD$44,000
  2015 RM Sotheby's : Motor City Auction
1950 Buick Series 70 Roadmaster image  1950 Buick Series 70 Roadmaster image  
1950 Buick Roadmaster Convertible
Chassis#: 15848949
Sold for USD$55,000
  2015 RM Sotheby's : Motor City Auction
1950 Buick Series 70 Roadmaster image  1950 Buick Series 70 Roadmaster image  
1950 Buick Roadmaster Convertible
Sold for USD$96,000
  2014 Mecum : Indianapolis
 
1950 BUICK ROADMASTER WOODY WAGON
Chassis#: 15883626
Sold for USD$37,400
  2012 Barrett Jackson - Orange County 2012 Auction
 
1950 Buick Roadmaster
Chassis#: 45800844
Sold for USD$16,000
  2011 Silver Auction - Carson City
 
1950 Buick Roadmaster 4-door Sedan
Sold for USD$14,000
  2010 Mecum - Dana Mecum's Original Spring Classic Auction
 
1950 Buick Roadmaster Two Door
Sold for USD$15,768
  2007 The Florida Collector Car Auction
 
1950 Buick Roadmaster Ambulance/Hearse
Sold for USD$34,240
  2005 Michigan International Fall Classic Car Auction
 
1950 Buick Roadmaster Sedan
Sold for USD$13,750
  2003 Carail Museum
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1950 Buick Series 70 Roadmaster's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1950 Buick Roadmaster 2016 Mecum : Chicago$20,000  
1950 Buick Roadmaster 76C Two Door Convertible 2009 Boca Raton, FL Kruse$90,000  
1950 BUICK ROADMASTER458008442008 Silver Auction Hot August Nights$18,500  
1950 Buick Roadmaster Estate Wagon 2003 Vintage Motor Cars in Arizona$40,000  

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Buick Series 70 Roadmaster Vehicle Profiles
2-Door Sedan
Buick Series 70 Roadmaster 2-Door Sedan

Model Year: 1949
Profile
Convertible Coupe
Buick Series 70 Roadmaster Convertible Coupe

Model Year: 1949
Profile
Convertible Coupe
Buick Series 70 Roadmaster Convertible Coupe

Model Year: 1949
Profile

Convertible Coupe
Buick Series 70 Roadmaster Convertible Coupe

Model Year: 1949
Profile
Convertible Hunting Sedan
Buick Series 70 Roadmaster Convertible Hunting  Sedan

Model Year: 1949
Profile
Station Wagon
Buick Series 70 Roadmaster Station Wagon

Coachbuilder: Ionia
Model Year: 1949
Profile

Station Wagon
Buick Series 70 Roadmaster Station Wagon

Coachbuilder: Ionia
Model Year: 1949
Profile
Station Wagon
Buick Series 70 Roadmaster Station Wagon

Coachbuilder: Ionia
Model Year: 1949
Profile
Convertible Coupe
Buick Series 70 Roadmaster Convertible Coupe

Chassis Num: 15240141
Model Year: 1949
Profile and Auction History

Station Wagon
Buick Series 70 Roadmaster Station Wagon

Coachbuilder: Ionia
Chassis Num: 15275380
Model Year: 1949
Hardtop Coupe
Buick Series 70 Roadmaster Hardtop Coupe

Chassis Num: 15320701
Model Year: 1949
Convertible Coupe
Buick Series 70 Roadmaster Convertible Coupe

Chassis Num: 15339060
Model Year: 1949
Profile and Auction History

Sedan
Buick Series 70 Roadmaster Sedan

Chassis Num: 25030889
Model Year: 1949
Profile and Auction History
Convertible Coupe
Buick Series 70 Roadmaster Convertible Coupe

Chassis Num: 55056057
Model Year: 1949
Profile and Auction History
Convertible Coupe
Buick Series 70 Roadmaster Convertible Coupe

Chassis Num: 55171027
Model Year: 1949
Profile and Auction History

Convertible
Buick Series 70 Roadmaster Convertible

Chassis Num: 15848949
Model Year: 1950
Profile and Auction History
LWB Riviera Sedan
Buick Series 70 Roadmaster LWB Riviera Sedan

Chassis Num: 16340056
Engine Num: 56639356
Model Year: 1950
Profile and Auction History
Riviera Hardtop
Buick Series 70 Roadmaster Riviera Hardtop

Model Year: 1951
Profile

Estate Wagon
Buick Series 70 Roadmaster Estate Wagon

Chassis Num: 162055245
Model Year: 1951
Profile and Auction History
Convertible Coupe
Buick Series 70 Roadmaster Convertible Coupe

Chassis Num: 16340056
Model Year: 1952
Profile and Auction History
Station Wagon
Buick Series 70 Roadmaster Station Wagon

Coachbuilder: Ionia
Chassis Num: 16695591
Model Year: 1952
Profile and Auction History

Sedan
Buick Series 70 Roadmaster Sedan

Model Year: 1953
Profile
Skylark Convertible
Buick Series 70 Roadmaster Skylark Convertible

Model Year: 1953
Profile
Skylark Convertible
Buick Series 70 Roadmaster Skylark Convertible

Model Year: 1953
Profile

Skylark Convertible
Buick Series 70 Roadmaster Skylark Convertible

Model Year: 1953
Profile
Skylark Convertible
Buick Series 70 Roadmaster Skylark Convertible

Model Year: 1953
Skylark Convertible
Buick Series 70 Roadmaster Skylark Convertible

Model Year: 1953
Profile

Skylark Convertible
Buick Series 70 Roadmaster Skylark Convertible

Model Year: 1953
Profile
Skylark Convertible
Buick Series 70 Roadmaster Skylark Convertible

Model Year: 1953
Profile
Skylark Convertible
Buick Series 70 Roadmaster Skylark Convertible

Model Year: 1953
Profile

Skylark Convertible
Buick Series 70 Roadmaster Skylark Convertible

Model Year: 1953
Profile
Skylark Convertible
Buick Series 70 Roadmaster Skylark Convertible

Model Year: 1953
Profile
Skylark Convertible
Buick Series 70 Roadmaster Skylark Convertible

Model Year: 1953
Profile

Skylark Convertible
Buick Series 70 Roadmaster Skylark Convertible

Model Year: 1953
Skylark Convertible
Buick Series 70 Roadmaster Skylark Convertible

Model Year: 1953
Profile
Skylark Convertible
Buick Series 70 Roadmaster Skylark Convertible

Model Year: 1953
Profile

Skylark Convertible
Buick Series 70 Roadmaster Skylark Convertible

Model Year: 1953
Profile
Skylark Convertible
Buick Series 70 Roadmaster Skylark Convertible

Model Year: 1953
Profile
Station Wagon
Buick Series 70 Roadmaster Station Wagon

Model Year: 1953

Skylark Convertible
Buick Series 70 Roadmaster Skylark Convertible

Chassis Num: 16756391
Model Year: 1953
Profile and Auction History
Skylark Convertible
Buick Series 70 Roadmaster Skylark Convertible

Chassis Num: 16760829
Model Year: 1953
Profile and Auction History
Skylark Convertible
Buick Series 70 Roadmaster Skylark Convertible

Chassis Num: 16762137
Model Year: 1953

Skylark Convertible
Buick Series 70 Roadmaster Skylark Convertible

Chassis Num: 16977916
Model Year: 1953
Profile and Auction History
Station Wagon
Buick Series 70 Roadmaster Station Wagon

Chassis Num: 16993567
Engine Num: V1756577
Model Year: 1953
Skylark Convertible
Buick Series 70 Roadmaster Skylark Convertible

Chassis Num: 17055106
Model Year: 1953
Profile and Auction History

Skylark Convertible
Buick Series 70 Roadmaster Skylark Convertible

Chassis Num: 17057172
Model Year: 1953
Profile and Auction History
Skylark Convertible
Buick Series 70 Roadmaster Skylark Convertible

Chassis Num: 17142626
Model Year: 1953
Profile and Auction History
Skylark Convertible
Buick Series 70 Roadmaster Skylark Convertible

Chassis Num: 53 47 89 SX
Model Year: 1953
Profile and Auction History

Skylark Convertible
Buick Series 70 Roadmaster Skylark Convertible

Chassis Num: 53-4767SX
Engine Num: G848
Model Year: 1953
Profile and Auction History


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