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For Sale: 1948 Buick Special

Special 1948

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Streetside Classics-Atlanta  (17)
213 Thornton Rd
Lithia Springs, GA 30122 US
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Year: 1948 Make / Model: Buick Special
Mileage: 1 Title Status: Clear
Engine: 8 cyl. Transmission: Automatic Exterior Color: Red
Doors: 2 Interior Color: Tan
 Vehicle Description
Buicks industry-changing fastback sure makes a great-looking lead sled, doesnt it? Better yet, this 1948 Buick Special boasts a stout 455 cubic inch Buford under its pointed hood. Add in a trick 4-bucket seat interior and you have a very slick cruiser that moves like a car half its size.

OK, so a bright red fastback isnt exactly subtle, but if youre going to build something this cool, why not do a little advertising? There are a lot of custom tricks, with just a few being the modified smoothie bumpers, the portholes on the hood, shaved door handles, and a frenched antenna on the rear deck. Fender skirts are a period accessory that emphasizes the long, low look that defines the lead sled attitude, and theres also an accessory sun visor for a bit of style. You may also notice that the fenders were molded into the body for a seamless look, and before a drop of red paint was sprayed on, the entire car was sanded to create that awesome shine. Much of the original trim that remained on the car was also treated to a coat of bright red paint, giving it a monochromatic look that makes the few bright bits really stand out.

The tan interior actually has leather buckets from a Lexus both front and rear, hidden under custom-fitted plush seat covers that are just as comfortable as they look. And if theyre not your cup of tea, theyre easy to remove, too. The rest of this Buicks interior is custom-made, from the vintage-looking door panels to the center console to the reworked center stack that houses the AM/FM/CD stereo and HVAC controls. Dakota Digital gauges light up the instant you turn the key, making for one very cool light show, and a tilt column topped by a leather-wrapped wheel makes it easy to get comfortable. Red carpets on the floor actually work quite well, tying in with the paint as well as the embroidery on the door panels and the pinstripes on the dash. And despite the sleek shape, theres a sizable trunk out back, which has been upholstered in red carpet and includes a full-sized spare.

Although the engine bay originally held a 248 cubic inch straight-8, the 455 cubic inch V8 living there now is a major improvement. With an Edelbrock carb up top and tons of chrome, its set to show or cruise. A wide, flat torque curve makes the trim Special feel light on its feet (tires?) and it just loafs along at highway speeds with massive reserves waiting for a call from your right foot. The hood tilts to either side, so service access is quite good, or you can just unlatch both sides and remove it, a feature that was part of Buicks resume for years. The engine is backed by a TH400 3-speed automatic transmission and a 10-bolt rear, so the drivetrain is both durable and easy to maintain. A custom dual exhaust system snakes through the frame and sounds awesome, and it sits on G78-15 wide whites on steel wheels with trick "sombrero" wheelcovers.

No, its not for everyone, but if you appreciate the lead sled movement and like to do things just a little bit differently than everyone else, perhaps this Buick is for you. Call today!
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