With some possible exceptions, there is no name that is better recognized, and that has more appeal in American automotive history than the Roadmaster. Introduced in 1936 and in production until 1958, the Buick Roadmaster represents the epitome of American automotive design in the 1930’s. Powerful, rugged and definitely stylish, the Roadmaster was available in a variety of configurations, including a coupe, a sedan, a station wagon and of course, a convertible phaeton. With its bullet headlights and raked, two-part windshield, it made a powerful statement on the road, which was only reinforced by its no-nonsense name, something fully intended by Buick.
The original Buick Roadmaster was powered by a powerful ‘Fireball’ engine, a straight-eight, overhead valve affair with a 5.2-liter displacement. It was more than enough to propel this big car to a top speed of over 90 miles per hour. The feeling of speed was given a special treatment, thanks to the ultra-soft and comfortable suspension, something the model was well known for.
The Buick Roadmaster remained in production for 22 years, except for a hiatus caused by World War II, from 1942 to 1946, and represented throughout its production the very summit of American styling and luxury, superseded only by LaSalle and Cadillac, something done on purpose by parent company General Motors.