At the end of the war, people in the United States who felt triumphant wanted a bright life. This was reflected in the music, fashion, and could not but affect the automotive industry. A popular car among American officers, the Buick, is a sedan that has been produced in the United States since 1936, turned into a luxury 1948 Buick Roadmaster Convertible cabriolet, whose design expressed both luxury and irresistible free spirit of the winners.
This machine embodies both technical innovations and a new American approach to design. Automatic transmission, beautiful chrome elements, famous Buick vertical grille.
In post-war Germany, Buick got the joking nickname Dollargrinsen (“Dollar Smile”), thanks to its chrome-shining grid that the Germans compared to the Hollywood smile of American actors. Cars from Germany did not have those exterior elements in those years.
If earlier car manufacturers thought more about practicality, then in the mid-fifties, it was the luxury look that became one of the distinguishing features of American car brands. Buick was able to "move" the permanent leaders - Ford, Chevrolet and Plymouth. And it looked more “modern”, as the Americans said, in comparison with the classic Cadillacs, Chrysler and Lincoln.
Buick 1947 to this day is so popular that the restored models on the go cost from 70 thousand dollars, and the upper bar of the price is not limited to anything.
1949 was a success for Buick, when several modifications came out at once - a sedan, a sedan (fastback), a convertible and a wagon. However, a few months later, General Motors released another modification of the Buick Roadmaster Rivera - one of the first three GM hardtops this year.Recommended article: Jeep Renegade - a small crossover with great potential.
Roadmasters were the first cars of that era in whose design an element such as air vents on the front wings was used. They were also called "portholes". Also in 1948-49, Buick seriously reworked the base. It was shortened to 126 inches. On some models a chrome decorative element was installed.
It looked like the post-war Buick - rightly considered the favorite and popular car among American officers:
Buick almost single-handedly dominated America’s roads during the Dwight Eisenhower presidency. All models of 1947-48 years were equipped with an eight-cylinder engine. A wave of popularity of Buick has risen in our time, after he appeared in the movie "Rain Man" with Dustin Hoffman. By the way, this 1949 Buick Roadmaster Convertible was sold for 170 thousand dollars at Heritage Auctions.
The Roadmaster Convertible went on sale in 1949 with two types of engines - a straight eight-cylinder 5.2-liter engine and a 5.3-liter V-shaped "eight". Both versions came with a two-speed automatic transmission.
The years of the breakthrough were 1952 and 1953, when a new engine was developed, with an output of 188 hp, which is 10% more than it was. In addition, the new unit has become smaller and lighter than its predecessor. The new car accelerated to a record 166 km.h, and with the new engine, a new transmission appeared, more quiet and comfortable.
1953 was the "year of beauty" in Buick. A new modification of Skylark has been released. They were distinguished by a number of designer finds, which competitors soon adopted. The car found open arches, spoked wheels, a beautiful molding in the form of an arrowhead or a "tick" on the sidewalls and a set of additional equipment.Recommended article: New and Nimble BMW X6 M with Diesel Engine
1953 Buick Skylark
The 1954 Buick received an even more powerful engine of 200 hp, an updated power steering and a car lift for windows on hardtops, convertibles and sedans (on request). By 1955, the engine power reached 236 hp The evolution of the Buick Roadmaster continued until 1958. And from 1991 to 1996, the updated Roadmaster was produced, equipped with a 5.7 liter engine. V-8.
Thus, classic American cars, in different variations, have survived to our time, and to this day enjoy great popularity and respect for motorists.