Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Random Car Wednesday: 1949 Buick Super

Today we're highlighting another vehicle seen in the parking lot at LSRU. It's a big slab of classic American luxury, and it's today's RCW. It's the 1949 Buick Super. In the late 1940's, the most prestigious American makes were arguably Cadillac and Lincoln. Buick, however, was not far behind, offering very attractive automobiles that incorporated solid performance with passenger comfort. The Buick Super was the most popular model available, and was essentially a Roadmaster with more bodystyles and less pricy accoutrements. Featuring Buick's straight-eight powerplant, the Super was an excellent car, and could be had as a sedan, a coupe, a convertible, or a station wagon. This particular example looks solid as far as bodywork goes, but the paint job is far from perfect. It appears to have originally been a darker shade of green, but that was long ago. However, the chromework is shiny and neat, and it appears to be a car that gets driven on a semi-regular basis. It's a very stylish machine, complete with the iconic Buick "VentiPort" portholes. This is a an all-around solid machine that can still feasibly serve as daily transportation, and I admire that. This car has so much design and character, something modern sedans seem to be lacking. Thankfully, the new Dodge Charger and Ford Fusion show that design might be making a comeback. I certainly hope so.

1949 Buick Super Sedan

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