Buick Special Convertible

American automakers have typically placed their convertible models in the most upmarket series. Buick is a notable exception, offering convertibles in all series from 1951 to 1957. For the latter half of that period there were four convertibles, one each in the Special, Century, Super, and Roadmaster lines. When this 1956 Special Convertible Coupe was built, Buick customers had four choices at prices from $2,740 to $3,704, a comparatively wide range.

While the basic Special had fewer convenience features, almost all could be added as options. This was certainly the case with the car offered here, which is equipped with power steering, a power top, a clock, a day/night rear view mirror, power brakes, power windows, a Sonomatic AM radio, windshield washers, dual mirror spotlights, and a Dynaflow automatic transmission. Although ordered by few, a three-speed manual gearbox was standard on Special and Century models in 1956. While some convertibles were upholstered in leather, the Special used Cordaveen, a leather-like vinyl.

220 bhp, 322 cu. in. OHV V-8 engine, Dynaflow automatic transmission, coil spring independent front suspension, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 122.0 in.

Part of the RM Auctions event for John Staluppi in December, 2012.

Source: RM Auctions

Photo Credit: Teddy Pieper

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