1946 Buick 76C Roadmaster
The 1946 Roadmaster Convertible is the most rare of all Post-War Buick Convertibles. There were 2,550 units built, 4 are known to exist with 3 in the US and 1 in Argentine.
This car is one of the very few with engine turned dash panels.
The car has been shown at 3 AACA events, where it scored 400, 399, 400 points respectively.
The 1946 Model 76C is one of the rarest postwar Buick convertibles; 2,587 were produced, four of which remain, three are located in the U.S. and one in Argentina.
The engine turned dash panels date the production of this car to the period before a labor strike in the spring of 1946. Afterwards, Buick used body colored dash panels. The car weighs in at 4345 pounds, has a 129-inch wheelbase and sold new for $2,347. It was powered by a straight-eight overhead valve engine, making 144 horsepower and feeding into a three-speed manual transmission.
The current owner purchased this car in the summer of 1999. It had traveled just 31,000 miles and was quite solid. Restoration began at Jenkins Restoration in North Carolina. The work required 4,000 hours and was completed in late 2002. The car has won a Senior Grand National award as well as other AACA and concours awards.
The Roadmaster's name 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 body styles. 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.
By Daniel Vaughan | May 2019
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.