- While engineers relied on the same basic body that had been in use since 1942, enough notable changes were made to the design to give the illusion of a new model
- The “Super” was the trim above the “Special”, but below the top of the line “Roadmaster”
- Buick’s Straight 8 engines were so durable that they could be found transplanted into modified coupe race cars of the era
- No driveshaft was installed by Buick until 1961. Instead, power was transferred via torque tube. The final drive ratio is 4.45:1
- In 1948, for promotional purposes, Buick designer Ned Nickles cut small holes into the fenders of his own 1948 Roadmaster and installed amber lights attached to the distributor. With the engine running, these lights flash on and off to imply the presence of a powerful engine with exhaust flames
- GM vice president Harlow Curtice liked the look so much that he insisted they be featured on the new 1949 Buicks (minus the flashing lights). These iconic fender holes were named “Ventiports”, and the number of holes varied depending on the size of the engine under the hood. Bigger engines featured more holes
- Received a bump of 5hp and 6lb/ft of torque from the previous year’s model
- Featured the “Super” wording on each front fender, which was absent on previous year’s model
- The “Super” script was also found on the center crest of a new black Tenite steering wheel
- Rolling on new (smaller) 7.60 x 15 tires, the ride height is now a bit lower than in 1947
- The new cloth interior featured trim risers as well as leatherette scuff pads
- Featured a newly designed instrument panel using silver instruments on top of a two-tone grey panel
- Buick’s iconic “Ventiports” weren’t offered until the 1949 model year
- 2nd owner since new
- 98% original paint
- The only non-original paint is the removable rocker panels and a spot on the top of the right fender
- Original dealer invoice included
- Documents include all the paperwork from ordering the car in July 1948 to the 1961 license registration when the orig. owner stopped driving the car. License plates, registrations, canceled checks, letters from Buick Motorcar, hanging paper tags from new delivery. He reconditioned the car for use again in the 80’s
- Ordered new with Paratwill seat covers (a $55.00 option). The front seat bottom has had the cover removed to reveal the pristine original upholstery. NOS set of Paratwill covers incl.
- Drives effortlessly. New Cooker Radial tires
- Location: Plymouth, Michigan – View Seller’s Ad
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This photo was taken in 1948 with the original owner just after delivery on October 19, 1948
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*SAE rated from factory. May not reflect current output
*Performance numbers pulled from reputable automotive road tests
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