For Sale: 1953 Buick Special in Macedonia, Ohio


Vehicle Description

Very nice frame-on restoration. Great-running straight-8, beautiful paint, interior, and chrome. Fully sorted, runs and drives properly, unusual body style. An attractive and powerful Buick for the price of a comparable Chevy! We don't know who performed the restoration, but it was a high-quality frame-on job of a complete, straight car that was probably finished 10-15 years ago. The car was obviously disassembled for the job, as the color was changed from Teal Blue to Matador Red, both with a contrasting Majestic White top. There's no trace of the original blue anywhere on the car, so they were quite thorough and the quality of the work speaks volumes given its condition today. There may be a few very, very minor signs of use, but nothing is unwinding-no cracks, no misaligned panels, no fading, and the car looks fantastic from any angle today. Any '50s car is going to have a lot of chrome to restore, so someone made the investment here-it looks fantastic with all the pieces shining up brilliantly and showing very few signs of age save for some minor pitting on the vent window surrounds. The only noteworthy damage is a small crease in the stainless trim ahead of the right rear wheel opening, but it's barely even visible. The car also features excellent glass with the traditional GM Sof-Ray tint, reproduction emblems and lenses, and accessory side mirrors. Like the bodywork, the interior is a color change so virtually everything inside the car is new. Handsome checked cloth and red vinyl give it a very '50s look that's still all-day comfortable and it'll take an expert to find anything that isn't done to Buick's specs. The big steering wheel features the same horn ring and button as other Buicks, celebrating that 50th anniversary, and all the gauges are fully operational. The clock and radio are offline, which isn't unusual, but otherwise everything works, including lights, signals, and horn, making this a great hobby car that can be enjoyed right away. For functionality, the carpets are protected by heavy-duty rubber mats that look like original equipment, and with that big back seat you shouldn't think twice about bringing some friends along for the ride. The massive trunk is outfitted with what appear to be the original cardboard bulkheads and black carpet and includes a full-sized spare and jack assembly. 1953 was the final year of a straight-8 in a Buick, with this one displacing 263 cubic inches and making 130 horsepower when linked to a DynaFlow transmission. The 263 was much more than simply a bored out 248, and offered significant upgrades such as hydraulic valve lifters, insert bearings, improved oiling, and dozens of other little improvements that make the 263 arguably the best of the straight-8s. In this Special, it's smooth and torquey, starting easily with the pushbutton on the dash and pulling the sleek hardtop around with relative ease. Detailed in correct Buick Turquoise engine enamel with a black oil bath air cleaner, the engine bay looks crisp and bright. You'll note reproduction decals were added to give it an authentic look and the big oil filter up front was a dealer-installed accessory. Unlike many of its peers, this one has no exhaust leaks, no burning oil, and thanks to ownership with a Buick mechanic of some note, it is beautifully tuned so it runs right. If you want a reliable cruiser, this is a fantastic choice. The DynaFlow transmission was a popular option in 1953, with a vast majority of Buicks receiving the no-shift automatic. It accelerates without any shifts and cruises easily at 60 MPH today. As I mentioned, this was not a frame-off restoration, but the underside of the car shows nothing scary or in need of attention, just some normal surface scale on some of the heavy iron parts and nothing to hide. It looks like the shocks were rebuilt at some point in the not-too-distant past, there's a new gas tank out back, and all DynaFlow cars received 3.60 gears so it's a relaxed cruiser under almost any conditions. Factory steel wheels and hubcaps look appropriate and carry 7.60-15 wide whitewall tires. Offering a lot of car for the money, this Special is powerful, smooth, quiet, and easy to handle. Sure, you could buy a comparable Chevy, but why be like everyone else? The Buick stands out in a big way, and that's not by accident. Add in a flashy color combination, quality restoration, and the silky smooth straight-8, and you have a delightful hobby car that asks for very little in return for all the fun it provides. Call today! Harwood Motors always recommends and welcomes personal or professional inspections of any vehicle in our inventory prior to purchase.

Vehicle Details

  • 1953 Buick Special
  • Listing ID:CC-1461639
  • Price:$22,900
  • Location:Macedonia, Ohio
  • Year:1953
  • Make:Buick
  • Model:Special
  • Exterior Color:Matador Red
  • Interior Color:Black and red cloth
  • Transmission:Automatic
  • Odometer:2690
  • Stock Number:118017
  • VIN:46871599

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Harwood Motors, LTD.
1333 Highland Rd
Macedonia, OH 44087