Buick Roadmaster Woodie Estate Wagon
In the 1940s, despite only six years of auto production due to WWII, great advances were made in design and technology. At the same time, postwar designs were a transition from what was to what would ultimately be. Postwar Buicks offered the widest selection of automobiles in the company’s history, and in the ensuing years, they remained unmatched in the scope of their model line. Beginning in 1948, the company focused its attention on improving the mechanics of their vehicles and introduced the optional Dynaflow fully automatic transmission. With a melting pot of ideas, Buick’s Roadmaster turned out to be a success, especially when its powerful engine was combined with one of the attractive woodie wagon bodies.
The Roadmaster clearly exemplified the public opinion that a big car holds the road. The lineup included a luxury coupe, convertible and estate wagon. They were known for interior luxury and quiet operation like few other cars of this era. The sleek styling elicited an emotional response from the motoring community that surpassed the expectations of GM.
The stunning new Buicks for 1949 featured the same new “fuselage style” as the Series Sixty Cadillacs. By 1949, as Pontiac and Chevrolet abandoned the use of wood paneling, Buick’s Estate Wagons continued production at Ionia Manufacturing of Michigan and incorporated new design features. In fact, the woodie wagon was the rarest model for that, with only about 630 examples built.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in January of 2010 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, Phoenix, Arizona.
150 hp, 320.2 cu. in. inline eight-cylinder engine, five main bearings, Carter carburetor, Dynaflow Drive automatic transmission, coil springs and shocks with rear leaf springs and four-wheel hydraulic brakes. Wheelbase: 126"
Source: RM Auctions
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