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1947 Buick Roadmaster Series 70

Chassis number : 14794589

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Sold for $82,500 at 2013 RM Auctions - Arizona.
Sold for $60,500 at 2016 RM Sotheby's : Motor City.
The Roadmaster name first appeared on Buick automobiles in 1936 as a celebration of their engineering and advancements in design. The Roadmasters were built on Buick's longest wheelbase, and from 1946 to 1957 they were the most elegant and prestigious cars that Buick had to offer to the general public.

From 1936 to 1948 the Roadmaster appeared in coupe, sedan, convertible, and station wagon body styles. A hardtop coupe was added in 1949 and dubbed the Riviera.

There were 46,432 4-door Roadmasters built in 1947. This model cost $2,232 fresh from the showroom floor. Calculated from the official inflation factor tables, that would be $22,271 in today's dollars. One can't buy for that price today a luxury car that is equivalent to the status of the Roadmaster in the forties. The big car weighed in around 4,500 lbs.

In 1947, Buick sold 272,827 cars and was in fourth place after Ford, Chevrolet and Plymouth. Buick's high water mark for sales was 1985, when Buick sold 1,002,906 cars.

Sold for $82,500 at 2013 RM Auctions - Arizona.
Sold for $60,500 at 2016 RM Sotheby's : Motor City.
In 1949, Cadillac introduced its first two-door hardtop and named it the Coupe de Ville, a term which meant 'an enclosed four-wheel vehicle for two passengers.' For Cadillac, however, it unambiguously meant 'two-door hardtop coupe' for a decade.

The 1955 Cadillac Coupe de Ville proved to be very popular, with nearly 33,300 units sold, making it second only to the four-door sedan, narrowly outselling a less expensive and more basic hardtop coupe.

This particular example has had just two owners from new. Delivered to Lawrence Harris in Phoenix, Arizona, it remained in his ownership for 15 years. The second owner, initially in Arizona then latterly in Michigan, purchased the car in 1971. The car was later purchased by the daughter and son-in-law from the family estate. While in their care, the engine and transmission were completely rebuilt. In 1989, the exhaust, electrical, and braking systems were thoroughly overhauled. The original Alpine White over Pecos Beige finish was renewed in 1991, along with re-chromed bumpers and complete detailing.

This Coupe de Ville is equipped with power steering, power brakes, power seat and windows, and factory air conditioning. It has been driven in excess of 100,000 miles.


By Daniel Vaughan | Sep 2016

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2016 RM Sotheby's : Motor City

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $60,000-USD $80,000 
Sale Price :
USD $60,500

2013 RM Auctions - Arizona

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $90,000-USD $120,000 
Sale Price :
USD $82,500

1947 Buick Roadmaster Series 70 Auction Sales

Recent Sales of the Buick Roadmaster Series 70

(Data based on Model Year 1947 sales)
1947 BUICK ROADMASTER SERIES 76 C CONVERTIBLE
Chassis#: 14756496
Sold for USD$46,200
  2020 Barrett-Jackson : Scottsdale, AZ
 
1947 Buick Roadmaster Sedanet
Sold for USD$52,800
  2019 Mecum : Phoenix Auction
 
1947 Buick Roadmaster Convertible
Chassis#: 48890957
Sold for USD$45,650
  2018 Mecum : Los Angeles
 
1947 Buick Roadmaster Estate Wagon
Chassis#: 14794589
Sold for USD$60,500
  2016 RM Sotheby's : Motor City
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1947 BUICK ROADMASTER CONVERTIBLE
Sold for USD$23,500
  2015 Mecum - Dallas
 
1947 Buick Roadmaster Convertible
Sold for USD$50,000
  2015 Leake Auction - Tulsa, OK
 
1947 BUICK ROADMASTER
Sold for USD$14,280
  2014 McCormick's - Palm Springs # 57
 
1947 Buick Roadmaster Series 70 Sedanette
Sold for USD$49,500
  2014 Worldwide Auctions - Auburn
 
1947 Buick Roadmaster Series 70 Sedanette
Chassis#: 48066417
Sold for USD$49,500
  2014 The 7th Annual Auburn Auction
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1947 Buick Roadmaster Convertible
Chassis#: 14787169
Sold for USD$93,500
  2013 RM Auction - Hershey
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1947 Buick Roadmaster Estate Wagon
Chassis#: 14794589
Sold for USD$82,500
  2013 RM Auctions - Arizona
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1947 Buick Roadmaster Four Door
Sold for USD$6,800
  2012 Leake Auctions - Dallas
 
1947 Buick Roadmaster Convertible 320/144 HP, 3-Speed
Sold for USD$59,000
  2012 Mecum's 25th Original Spring Classic - Indianapolis
 
1947 Buick Eight Roadmaster coach fastback
Sold for USD$35,814
  2012 Artcurial Motorcars at Rétromobile
 
1947 Buick Roadmaster Sedanette
Sold for USD$25,500
  2011 Mecum Auctions - St. Charles, IL Auction
 
1947 BUICK ROADMASTER CONVERTIBLE COUPE
Sold for USD$56,100
  2011 Auctions America - Fort Lauderdale
 
1947 Buick Roadmaster Sedanette
Chassis#: 48066417
Sold for USD$34,100
  2011 Automobiles of Arizona by RM Auctions
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1947 Buick Roadmaster Series 70
Chassis#: 48066417
Sold for USD$44,000
  2009 Vintage Motor Cars of Meadow Brook
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1947 Buick Roadmaster Convertible Coupe
Sold for USD$66,000
  2009 Vintage Motor Cars of Meadow Brook
 
1947 BUICK ROADMASTER 2DR CVT
Sold for USD$34,750
  2009 Palm Springs Exotic Car Auctions - February 2009
 

Buick Roadmaster Series 70s That Failed To Sell At Auction

1947 Buick Roadmaster Series 70's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1947 Buick Roadmaster Convertible 2017 Silverstone The Porsche Sale$27,500  
1947 Buick Roadmaster Convertible 2017 Collector Car Toronto Fall Classic$27,500  
1947 Buick Roadmaster Convertible488909572017 Mecum : Monterey$45,000  
1947 BUICK ROADMASTER 2015 Gulf Coast Classic Punta Gorda, Fl$50,000  
1947 Buick Roadmaster Convertible 2015 Auctions America Fort Lauderdale$52,000  
1947 BUICK ROADMASTER CVTBLE 2014 McCormick's Palm Springs # 57   
1947 Buick Roadmaster 2013 Silver Auction Portland$36,000  
1947 Buick Roadmaster Convertible 2011 Branson Collector Car Auction Oct 22, 2011$50,000  
1947 Buick Roadmaster 2011 Mecum Auctions Monterey, CA The Daytime Auction$29,000  
1947 Buick Roadmaster 2011 Mecum Auctions Monterey, CA The Daytime Auction$20,000  
1947 Buick Roadmaster 2010 Mecum Auctions Des Moines, IA Auction$9,000  

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1947 Buick Roadmaster Series 70 Profiles

1947 Buick Roadmaster Series 70 vehicle information
Estate Wagon
Coachwork: Ionia
1947 Buick Roadmaster Series 70 vehicle information
Estate Wagon
Coachwork: Ionia
Chassis #: 14794589
1947 Buick Roadmaster Series 70 vehicle information
Sedanette
Chassis #: 48066417
Engine #: 24651480
1947 Buick Roadmaster Series 70 vehicle information
Estate Wagon
Coachwork: Ionia