Buick Model 49 Special Estate Wagon
Buick had always occupied an enviable position within the General Motors corporate structure by offering solid and well-engineered upper middle-level models that were both prestigious and profitable. In particular, the 1950s saw a dramatic improvement in Buick’s fortunes to the point where, with nearly nine percent of the massive American car market, Buick continued to hold a steady grasp on its third place industry position in 1956, behind only Chevrolet and Ford.
Without doubt, strong styling, increased power and solid value were the biggest factors behind Buick’s remarkable success. Aesthetic features including fashionable wraparound windshields, stylish two-tone paint schemes and futuristic chrome accents combined with the division’s modern and powerful overhead valve V8 engines to create an unbeatable combination. The popular Series 40 Special models played a large part in Buick’s success and ranked among America’s best selling cars during the 1950s.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in August 2009 at the Shotwell Gustafson Pavilion at Meadow Brook Hall, Rochester, Michigan.
220 bhp, 322 cu. in. V8 engine, Variable Pitch Dynaflow automatic transmission, independent front suspension with unequal-length A-arms, coil springs, and stabilizer bar, live rear axle with coil springs and radius rods, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 122"
Source: RM Auctions