1954 Buick Series 40 Special

For 1954, the Buick Special was given a new body that was lower and wider but powered by the same V8 engine. Body styles included a 2- and 4-door sedan, a convertible coupe, a station wagon, and a hardtop coupe. The most popular body style was the hardtop coupe which saw 71,186 examples produced. The sedan was also popular, with over 70,000 examples finding buyers.

Powering the Series 40 Special was an overhead valve eight-cylinder engine which displaced 264 cubic-inches and offered over 140 horsepower.

Located on the front fenders were three oval ventiports. In the back were dual 'bullet' taillamps. The windshield was a large, Panoramic unit that offered plenty of visibility. Inside, the upholstery was done in nylon except for the convertibles which had leather trim.


By Daniel Vaughan | Sep 2016

Related Reading : Buick Series 40 History

Buick introduced the Series 40 in 1930 as a replacement for the Series 116. The Series 40 rode on a 118-inch wheelbase and powered by a 258 cubic-inch six-cylinder engine which produced 80 horsepower. Braking was through mechanical drums found on all four corners. The suspension was comprised of semi-elliptic springs and Lovejoy hydraulic shock absorbers. During its first year, there were six....
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1954 Buick Series 40 Special Base Price : $2,265

Model Year Production

#1#2#3Buick
1959Chevrolet (1,462,140)Ford (1,450,953)Volkswagen (575,407)285,089
1958Chevrolet (1,142,460)Ford (987,945)Volkswagen (451,526)241,892
1957Ford (1,676,449)Chevrolet (1,505,910)Plymouth (726,009)405,086
1956Chevrolet (1,567,117)Ford (1,408,478)Buick (572,024)572,024
1955Chevrolet (1,704,667)Ford (1,451,157)Buick (738,814)738,814
1954Ford (1,165,942)Chevrolet (1,143,561)Plymouth (463,148)444,609
1953Chevrolet (1,346,475)Ford (1,247,542)Plymouth (650,451)488,755
1952Chevrolet (818,142)Ford (671,733)Plymouth (396,000)303,745
1951Chevrolet (1,229,986)Ford (1,013,381)Plymouth (611,000)404,657
1950Chevrolet (1,498,590)Ford (1,208,912)Plymouth (610,954)588,439
1949Ford (1,118,308)Chevrolet (1,010,013)Plymouth (520,385)409,138

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