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1948 Buick Super 8
1948 Buick Super 8

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1948 Buick Super 2-dr Convertible

Designer: Harley Earl

 

Engine Number: 34944601

Decoded: 3=Linden, NJ assembly; 49=Super Series; 44601=Unit number

Engine: 248 cid OHV in-line 8-cyl.

2-barrel Carburetor/115 bhp

3-Speed Manual Transmission

Four Wheel Hydraulic Drum  Brakes

 

Big Bold Buick Design

Beautiful Restoration Captures Character

Authenticity Paramount in Presentation

 

The Model: As did most other car makers at the end of WWII, Buick dusted off the tooling form the short lived 1942 model year, made a few updates and resumes production to satisfy a car-hungry world. Not only in the USA, all over the world, the Buick marque had a reputation of building high quality vehicles. While the visuals between the 1946 to 1948 models are similar, a number of improvements were made this year including lower profile tires, additional identification scripts and a sturdier front grill-bar. With a starting price of $2,518 for the Model 56C convertible, few customers were able to drive off the lot for anything under $3,000 when loaded up with accessories. Regardless, the money was flowing in and Buick sold 18,311 Super convertibles for 1948.


The Car: Finished in Royal Maroon with Maroon leather bolsters combined with tan ribbed cloth and a tan top, this is a super-duper Buick from anyone’s standpoint. Treated to a full restoration a number of years ago, it retains the look and feel that made the original owner feel like a million bucks, from a time when a million was all the money in the world. The fit and finish shows quite well and the interior, plus folding top, look showroom fresh. Chrome and bright trim has a deep reflective quality sure to dazzle everyone, while under the hood shows an eye for detail reflecting light usage since this beauty was brought back to life. Recent professional mechanic restoration bringing new reliable life to be enjoyed in long drives. Engine and hydraulic system were professionally overhauled. It is fitted with all the proper accessories of the day, push-button radio, in-dash clock and heater-defroster, as well as fender shields, whitewall tires, trim rings and a covered spare tire. This is a car that made others realize just how great America was after the war.

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