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1948 Buick 8 Super 50 Saloon (RHD)

$25,000

Sydney

Specifications

Engine In-line eight-cylinder, 248-cid
Gearbox 3-speed manual
Engine No. 1488293
Chassis No. 50707255
Body Work Sedan
Colour Black
Interior Grey
Trim Velour
Wheels Steel Disc
Brakes Drums

Description

Buick's early post-war offerings have become sought after collector's cars in recent years, particularly the cars made in 1946-1948, thanks to the curvaceous, Art Deco-inspired styling.  Like all major American auto manufacturers in the immediate post-war period, Buick rehashed their 1942 models when production resumed in 1946 and a car-hungry public took the company to fifth place in the overall sales race.  Few changes were made in 1947, with Buick's stylists limiting themselves to a new grille design and stainless lower body moldings on the Super and it was much the same story in 1948, although new badges and 7.50 x 15 tyres gave the latest model a lower, sleeker appearance.  Three different lines were offered, starting with the Special Series 40, the mid-range Super Series 50 and the more upmarket Series 70 Roadmaster.  For 1948 the Series 50 was distinguished by new Super script on the front wings, new cloth interiors and a revised instrument panel, finished in two-tone grey with silver gauges.  Four body styles were catalogued, including the four-door Sedan, a sleek fastback Sedanette, Station Wagon and Model 56C Convertible, which boasted combined cloth and leather trim, a power seat, windows and hood all as standard equipment.  Built on a 124-inch wheelbase platform, the Series 50 Supers were powered by Buick's smooth 248-cid straight-eight, developing 115 horsepower at 3600 rpm (a small increase over the previous year thanks to a raised compression ratio of 6.6:1) and a column-shift three-speed manual transmission as standard, although Dynaflow automatic transmission remained an expensive option.  In total Buick made 47,991 of the Super 50 Sedan in 1948, plus a further 5,456 earmarked for export, with surviving examples keenly sought after by collectors today.  For many pundits, Buick was the market leader in the early post-war period, combining flashy good looks with excellent engineering, smooth ride and fine build quality.
 

History

  • Fabulous post-war American luxury car
  • Understood to be an Australian delivered car
  • Freshly reupholstered interior
Offered from a diverse collection belonging to a Sydney enthusiast, this fabulous straight eight Buick dates from 1948 and features the signature ‘toothy’ grille and Art-Deco-inspired styling.  Built on the 124-inch wheelbase platform, this Super 50 sedan is understood to be an Australian delivered car with right-hand drive, one of very few sold new here.  A really solid car, the exterior has developed a lovely patina over the years, with older black paint while the interior has been freshly reupholstered in period-correct grey velour, along with new carpets and headliner.  Other notable features include factory blinkers, windshield washers, jack and a custom car cover.  Showing 54,310 miles on the odometer, this stylish American luxury car would make a wonderful weekend cruiser or an affordable club car.  Currently unregistered, the Buick comes with a driver’s handbook, workshop manual and a quantity of spares. 
 

Note: Shannons advise that all potential buyers research all vehicles before purchase to authenticate originality.

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