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For Sale: 1948 Buick Roadmaster
in Bedford Heights, Ohio

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Vintage Motor Cars USA
Vintage Motor Cars Ohio
5040 Richmond Rd
Bedford Heights, OH 44146
Excellent restoration in gorgeous colors. First-year Dynaflow with straight-8 power. Fully functional hydraulics. Ready to tour!

This handsome model 76-C Roadmaster convertible features a lovely restoration in fantastic colors, code 31 Carlsbad black with a red leather interior and black canvas top. Fit and finish are quite good, as this was a very solid car before the restoration started and the goal was to create an outstanding driver that would be reliable and comfortable under all conditions. The paint has an appropriate gloss, not the hard shine of modern two-stage urethanes, but rather single stage paint for a deep finish that is easy to maintain, and you can see how nice it is by the undistorted reflections in its surface. There’s lots of chrome on the 1948 Buicks, with a lot of it being carryover from 1947, and it was obviously refinished with the rest of the car and needs little more than a quick polish to brighten up. Correct emblems, Roadmaster script, and DynaFlow badges on the deck lid identify it without question, and the famous Buick “bombsight” hood ornament proudly leads the way.

Duplicating the original pleats on the power bench seat and button-tufted door panels, it captures the late-40s styling perfectly. The leather looks quite fresh and hardly used, with only the most minor signs of stretching on the driver’s side. Matching carpets with red bindings give the floors and very luxurious feel and a finished look, while the dash and upper door panels were painted to match the body instead of woodgrained as in closed cars. Lights, heater, defroster, and other controls flank the radio speaker in the middle of the dash, with the Sonomatic AM radio just above. Perhaps the interior’s biggest demerit is the horn button, which appears to be original and slightly pitted, but it only shows up in comparison to the rest of the interior, which is excellent. Power windows, front seat, and top are all hydraulically actuated and in fully operational condition, with the black canvas top stowing itself in a few seconds behind the back seat. The trunk is fully upholstered, and a glance underneath reveals original sheetmetal, not patches, suggesting that this has always been a very solid car from a warm climate.

Buick’s big 320 cubic inch straight-8 was still among the most powerful engines in production in 1948, and its smooth torque is perhaps best showcased in a Roadmaster with Dynaflow. Finished in proper Buick Turquoise paint, the engine bay is nicely detailed, and includes a correct air cleaner, reproduction decals on the rocker cover, and an accessory oil filter canister. New wiring throughout replicates the original cloth-covered factory equipment and a generator still makes the electricity. Stand on the accelerator pedal and the engine spins to life easily in traditional Buick fashion, idling with a muscular hum from the single exhaust.

Unlike the conventional Hydra-Matic automatic transmission, the Dynaflow was torque-converter based, meaning there are no shifting gears, just a smooth flow of power. The chassis is solid and clean, although no longer detailed for show, but that only means that this car can be driven without worries. 15-inch steel wheels were painted Dante Red to add a little flash to the black bodywork, and are fitted with polished trim rings, hubcaps, and correctly-sized 8.20-15 Firestone wide whitewall tires.

Combine the dramatic styling with one of the most powerful engines of the period and a gorgeous color combination and you have one of the most desirable post-war convertibles anywhere. This is a really nice car at a very good price.

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Vehicle Location

United States
City, State
Bedford Heights, OH
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Restoration History
Fully Restored

Condition of Exterior
Very Good

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Restoration History
Fully Restored

Condition of Interior
Very Good

Engine Details

Engine Configuration
Straight Eight

Engine Size
320 cubic inches

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Drive Train
Rear-wheel drive

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