Classic Auto Mall
6180 Morgantown Road
1948 Buick Super Convertible
The Buick Super is a full-sized automobile produced by Buick from 1940 through the 1958 model years, with a brief hiatus from 1943 through 1945. The first generation shared the longer wheelbase with the top level Roadmaster while offering the smaller displacement engine from the Special. The Super prioritized passenger comfort over engine performance and was replaced by the Riviera in 1963.
Here we offer up for consignment what could be best described as large and in charge. Not quite a Caddy, but who cares, it is from an era where the more chrome the better, make use of big rounded steel panels like the aircraft of the time, and added features that are decidedly Buick. A success story in this 1948 Super convertible with a restoration from about 15 years ago still showing well. Our consignor states this was a body off restoration and the car has done very well at local shows. "I'm an excellent driver, and this is an excellent car, I know this car, I know this car, I always drive on Mondays...UUhhh OH!!
With a seemingly open mouth and toothy smile this front bumper is worth the price of admission. Buick Eight script is carved into the top "lip" of the smile and just above begins the long journey of the hood on its way to the windshield. Prior to its rise, a cloisonn badge looks upward to the chromed gun sight/jet hood ornament atop the bulbous shaped hood front. On the side front fenders which flank this beautiful hood, perfectly chromed spears double as the releases for the coffin style hood and lead the way for the large beautiful sweeping body line which will run through each massive door then dive down just before the rear wheel well. More shiny trim in excellent condition, makes a lap around the door sills, windows and rear roofline and has dual chromed mirrors hanging off on either side. A small bump out for the rear fenders which have deeply inset lighting in chrome bezels lead back to the rear with horizontally oriented pointed oval taillights with shiny bezels. A large bumper frames the back lower and another beautiful big cloisonn badge adorns the center of the trunk. All lower steel panels are straight and rust free, painted in a non-original red and the paint looks good. The canvas convertible top is presented in a tan color and is a good contrast to the red. No rips or soiling are present on the top, which by the way is power actuated. Body matching painted steel wheels with a bump out dog dish center cap for the wheel covers are on all 4 corners and these are wrapped in wide whites to complete the effect. "Lights out at 11, right after Judge Wapner."
A swing of the doors and the hits just keep on coming! Snazzy smooth leather panels with horizontal chrome delineation strips, power window toggles and still the wing window crank and chromed door actuator lever are topped by red steel...this is awesome. Slipping inside more tan leather for the two benches with tuck and roll inserts which are surrounded by smooth leather bolsters. The original looking steel dash in more body matching red, has round instruments and a large chromed center panel with the radio and just below the speaker grille and chrome knobs on each side. A big round bakelite black steering wheel with a chromed center horn ring shows just a few cracks and a nice center badge. Black vinyl matting in the front and tan carpet for the rear floods the floors, and I just can't get enough of the 2-piece windshield.
A tilt of the hood and we shake hands with the Fireball inline 8 which is definitely original. 248 cubes sport an aqua valve cover and sit snugly into the restored and very clean engine bay. A single 2-barrel carburetor is on the side, and on the back is the famous Dynaflow 2-speed automatic. Bringing up the tail end is a rear axle weighing in with a 4.45 ratio. "I only fly Qantas, Qantas Airlines, no Crashes, No Deaths."
Looking underneath there is surface rust and patina, but the X frame remains solid. Some invasive rust is noted on the interior underside skinning near the rear wheel wells, flooring, and body hangers but this is not affecting the structure. Independent coil springs provide the soft cushy ride in the front and for the rear we note coil springs and a 3 link setup. Single exhaust is on to handle the spent fossils and is looking just dandy.
She started right up and on the test track worked swimmingly. Smooth acceleration, bias free stopping, and a wonderful super ride just like its name states. Mother Nature gave us a break from the cold so I was able to enjoy my drive topless with all functions working but the power windows having finicky operation.
A full 2 thumbs up for this wonderful machine all blinged out with massive chrome, good paint and a snazzy interior. Just a beauty of a design, and personally I wou
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