Sharp, beautiful, loaded, and absolutely elegant, this 1955 Buick Roadmaster convertible is a beautiful presentation of '50s-style premium motoring. Powered by a fresh 322 Nailhead V8 that spins a smooth shifting Dynaflow automatic transmission, this two-tone droptop is pure American nostalgia at its best.
There was a lot of care and investment put into this Buick during its restoration, and the result is an elegant presentation of red, white, and chrome. And we'd expecting nothing less for an icon. The Roadmaster was Buick's best crack at the GM C-body platform, and the newly designed ponton appearance of these 6th generation cars rivaled anything Cadillac had coming off the factory floor. That's exactly why this Roadmaster has such a premium look. The dipping trim on the body makes for the ideal dividing line for the red and white, and nothing beats the stylistic profile of a '50s big body convertible. And speaking of style, the Roadmaster had one of the best front ends of the era where the Dagmar chrome bumper has a large and intricate presentation that incorporates the grille – so you really know the designers dictated the form of these cars. Out back the Roadmaster received a "tail lift" in 1955, with shiny lower rear fender bands and jet-inspired tailfins that flow into the redesigned, form-fitting chrome bumper. And you see this all so well because of all the brightwork throughout the car, all of which is in good condition, with light patina adding a bit character to a few areas. We love the smaller details as well, like the spinners on the wire wheels, big whitewall tires, and the gold lettering and hood ornament package that was another reminder that this convertible was the best of the best from Buick.
Inside, the red and white theme continues to give the whole car the premium appeal of a crisp tuxedo. And it's easy to show everyone this well-coordinated package inside and out with the rare power window option that allows you to take down all the glass without ever leaving the driver's seat. Just like the exterior, this is a highly correct presentation, right down to the texture on the red leather, power split-bench seat up front, to the matching door panels, and to the spacious rear seat that provides plenty of room for multiple passengers. The dash is a work of automotive art as the machined-turned metal and contrasting white paint flows seamlessly into the doors. Even the chrome accented, wide speedometer is beautifully designed, and the same machine-turned trim nicely frames the auxiliary gauges below it, while the original steering wheel has the Buick crest in the center, and the sliders for the heat/defrost look like they were borrowed directly from a jet aircraft. And the correct presentation of the interior goes right down to the details, like the AM radio that's still cranking out tunes from the center of the dash. Most importantly, the white, power convertible top is fully operational, meaning open air cruising is only a flick of a switch away. Out back the spacious trunk is neatly finished with a reproduction mat and it houses a full size, whitewall spare wrapped around a matching wire wheel.
Lift the hood and it feels like 1955 all over again. Rarely do you see classic cars with such great details still intact like the massive oil bath air cleaner, generator, painted valve covers, and an exposed bottle for the windshield fluid. And this is all set against an exceptionally crisp presentation of the whole engine bay – right down to the turquoise motor radiating from within the darkness. Buick's 322 cubic-inch "Nailhead" V8 was a terrific powerplant from the era, and this one is a fresh block borrowed from a 1956 model that runs superbly and it's fed by a stock manifold and 4-barrel carburetor to deliver the kind of power and torque that will keep you driving in style in modern conditions. Plus, Buick's Dynaflow 3-speed automatic transmission shifts smoothly, and the whole Art Deco show is managed easily thanks to the help of factory power steering. A quick look underneath shows an honest undercarriage that has had some work and repairs done on it in the past, and features newer bushings up front, and a fresh exhaust and gas tank. Finishing the period look are shiny wire wheels wrapped in gorgeous L78-15 Coker wide-white bias-ply tires.
A beautiful, iconic Buick that was restored to keep it looking its best... that's what you get with this Roadmaster Convertible. Offered with a stack of build/maintenance receipts and an owner's manual, this '55 is truly a special car. Call today!