Buick Riviera Roadmaster Hardtop

Buick continued its postwar success by breaking yet another sales record and producing nearly 400,000 cars in 1949. Buying a Buick had become more of a lifestyle decision and that trend would continue thanks to Harley Earl’s Art and Colour Department. The stunning new Buicks featured the same new “fuselage style” as the Series Sixty Cadillacs. Inspired by aircraft design, the 1949 Buick Roadmaster also sported what would become a Buick trademark – side portholes. The Roadmaster was fitted with four such “ventiports” on each front fender, a styling cue visible on the flanks of the newly launched Buick Riviera Roadmaster Hardtop which was introduced mid-year, equipped with leather and cloth upholstery as well as standard power windows. Mechanically, Buicks continued to benefit from the Dynaflow fully automatic transmission, which was introduced as an option just one year earlier on the Series 70 Roadmaster model. In fact, the Dynaflow proved so popular that Buick was quickly forced to double its schedule of proposed installations.

This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in March of 2009 at the The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Florida.

150hp, 320.2 cu. in. inline eight-cylinder engine, Dynaflow automatic transmission, independent front coil spring and semi-elliptic rear leaf springs suspension, four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 126".

Source: RM Auctions

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