Buick Super

Posted: September 10, 2011 in Advertising, Classic Vehicles, History, Legendary, Vehicles

The Buick Super was a full-sized automobile produced from 1940–1958 (excluding WW II); it was built on Buick’s larger body shared with the Roadmaster. It and the Roadmaster were replaced by the new Electra in 1959.

The 1950 Super came with a single two-barrel carburetor on a 263 cid I8. This setup produced an HP rating of 112. The car was able to achieve speeds over 90 miles per hour (140 km/h) with its Dynaflow automatic transmission which, rather than changing through gears, used the torque converter to couple the motor to a single gear ratio. The car had 2 splits in the back glass although the windshield was a curved one-piece glass. Models also came with an AM radio and an antenna that could be adjusted via a knob in the front center above the windshield.

The Super was just behind the Roadmaster in Buick’s model lineup, the main distinction being Roadmaster’s larger and more powerful engine. The Super is still an excellent example of the ushering in of the ’50s. Restored models can command high prices on the auction block. The Super name has been resurrected on the new special-edition LaCrosse and Lucerne models.

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