The designer of the 1949 Buick Roadmaster wanted to bring a new style and fill the front with chrome as much as possible. Buick probably had a lot of extra supply of chrome that they wanted to get rid of. The ventiports, the distinct portholes the Buick Roadmaster had on their sides, were also made in chrome. This featured 1949 Buick Roadster that still has its original black finish and still shiny chrome is currently being sold on eBay with an asking price of $25,000 or to the best offer the seller gets.
After 67 years, the black finish of this car still looks really great which makes you ask how this is possible. This Roadmaster has been passed down through 3 owners, and it comes with a very detailed and well-written maintenance records. It sports a brand new wide whitewalls tires and the brakes on all fours have also been recently replaced. The seller says that it has 79,493 miles on its odometer.
This Roadmaster’s interior still retains it’s classy and smooth that they are known for. It still even has its original chrome work in the interior as well, which also looks really glossy as the exterior chromes.
The straight eight engine still looks like it is original except for the valve cover paint on it. The 320 cubic inch engine is able to go up to 150 horsepower.
The Dynaflow marker on the side of the rear fender means that this car features the Dynaflow transmission, it is one of the first to be considered as an automatic transmission. Basically, it is a 2-speed manual that is connected to a torque converter and also features a planetary gear set, two stators, and two turbines. The car starts with top gear and shifting down accelerates the car which was a very smooth setup for its time.
The 1949 Buick Roadster was the answer to the people’s call of having new designs after the war. It has heavily redesigned having a shorter length than the previous Buicks but its overall weight actually increased, probably because of loads of chrome added to it. The greatest change it had was the much bigger windshield made of two pieces of curved glass.
This is a very well preserved 1949 Buick Roadmaster and will be a great classic cruiser, let’s just hope that this one won’t be used as a custom build and waste all the efforts in preserving this elegant beauty.
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