Original Woodie: ’53 Buick Roadmaster Estate Wagon
We’ve had Woodies before because people really like them. In fact a few months ago we featured a fully restored Buick Roadmaster Woodie. This is one of those transitional Woodies. The wood is real but it isn’t structural. Sort of the best of both worlds. You get the structural rigidity of a steel car with the warmth and beauty of a bit of timber. These are pretty rare with under 1,900 built in ’53. This was also the year Buick celebrated its 50th Anniversary. The Buick gets some one-year-only badging to record the milestone.The Buick’s imposing design is from the hand of Harley Earl – GM’s first head of Design and the first top executive ever appointed in Design of a major corporation in American history. Earl’s work is legendary including GM’s first concept car – the Buick Y-Job. I, like many of our readers, would love to have a Y-job. Today’s offering won the best unrestored car at a recent Hemmings Motor News Car Show. The seller states this car has been driven and shown regularly for 3 seasons, then reluctantly put into storage when the snow started to fly. The seller’s family has owned the Buick since 1975 and kept it historically true and unrestored. We like them this way. Learn more about this beautiful Roadmaster by clicking here.