Jetback Joy: 1949 Buick Super 56-S Sedanet – SOLD!

by | Sep 2023 | Craigslist ClassiFINDS, Free For All Friday

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September 15, 2023, Update – We confirmed the seller of this “Classifind” deleted their listing, so we’re now able to call this one “SOLD!” While this one got away, please reach out either by email or call us directly if you’d like to be informed when we come across something similar.

Of the many cars we have grown to appreciate since starting GuysWithRides, one of the key body styles is the General Motors (“GM”) Sedanet fastback first launched in the early 1940s. Following the end of World War II, it took automakers several model years to return to civilian production as well as offer new designs. Buick was no exception when it launched its redesigned Specials, Supers, and Roadmasters line for the 1949 model year.

The Super shared a new General Motors C-body with the Roadmaster but on a shorter wheelbase. It featured three chrome VentiPorts on each front fender to denote its smaller displacement straight-eight engine when compared with the Roadmaster. The fender-mounted VentiPorts were functional for this first year before moving to the hood and becoming sealed off one year later.  GM continued offering its fastback “Jetback” Sedanet body style which was a precursor of the Jet Age styling that would soon adorn cars of the 1950s. 1949 was also the year Buick launched its new Dynaflow automatic transmission, which quickly became a popular option.

This Black 70K-original mile 1949 Buick Super Jetback Sedanet for sale, first spotted in August 2023 on Craigslist in Chicago, is a fine survivor-quality example featuring the desirable Dynaflow automatic transmission.  The seller reports their Buick is mechanically sorted but is in need of an interior refresh, namely the carpeting. The seller notes, however that the sale includes replacement carpet.

Last offered for $24,500, Classic.com, the analytics and search engine for the collector car market, confirms the ask is above this guide’s one-year rolling results trend for similar Buick Supers of all body styles produced between 1949 and 1953.  In this case, we note that the mean is driven mainly by recent sales of convertibles and station wagon versions.  By clicking on the green dots in the graph below, you can get a sense of what comparable examples sold for recently:

As a second data point, the  Collector Car Market Review Online Tool reveals the seller’s ask falls between this guide’s #3 “Good” estimate of $18,650 and its #2 “Very Good” appraisal of $28,150 before adding a five percent premium for the optional Dynaflow automatic transmission.

The 1949 Buick Super Sedanette, also known as the Buick Super Series 50, was a classic American automobile that epitomized the post-World War II automotive design and styling. Buick, a division of General Motors, introduced this model as part of its lineup for the 1949 model year. The Super Sedanet was a two-door sedan that blended luxury with performance and was a popular choice among car buyers of that era.

The 1949 Buick Super Sedanette featured a distinctive and elegant exterior design that reflected the prevailing styling trends of the late 1940s.  Its body was characterized by smooth, flowing lines with rounded fenders and integrated headlights, a departure from the more angular and boxy designs of the pre-war era.  The front end of the car featured a prominent grille with horizontal chrome bars, giving it a bold and upscale appearance.  Chrome trim adorned various parts of the exterior, including the bumpers, door handles, and window surrounds. The car featured a fastback roofline, which contributed to its sleek and aerodynamic look.  Wide whitewall tires and stylish hubcaps completed the overall aesthetic.

The 1949 Buick Super Sedanet’s interior was designed with comfort and style in mind.  It typically accommodated five passengers with a spacious and well-appointed cabin.  High-quality materials, including plush upholstery and wood-grain trim, were used throughout the interior to create an upscale ambiance.  The dashboard featured a symmetrical layout with a centrally located instrument cluster and easy-to-read gauges.  Amenities such as a radio, heater, and defroster were available as options.

The Super Sedanet featured a 248-cubic-inch straight-eight engine, which produced around 110 horsepower.  Buick was known for its smooth and torquey engines, which provided a comfortable and relaxed driving experience.  A three-speed manual transmission was standard, while an optional Dynaflow automatic transmission was available for those who preferred automatic shifting.  The combination of the smooth engine and optional automatic transmission made for effortless cruising on the open road.

Buick was renowned for its “Ride Engineering” during this era, which focused on providing a comfortable and stable ride.  The Super Sedanet featured independent front suspension and coil spring rear suspension, contributing to a smooth and controlled ride.  Power steering was available as an option, further enhancing driving ease and maneuverability.

The 1949 Buick Super Sedanette holds a special place in automotive history as a classic example of post-war American automobile design. Its stylish and elegant appearance, comfortable interior, and capable performance made it a popular choice among car enthusiasts of its time. Today, well-preserved examples of the Super Sedanette are highly sought after by collectors and enthusiasts, showcasing the enduring appeal of this classic Buick model.

The Rust on Wheels YouTube Channel provides a modern review and point of view (“POV”) video of what it’s like to drive a 1949 Buick Super Sedanet:

Offered at $24,500, this 1949 Buick Super Sedanet for sale appears to be mechanically sorted with fresh key components such as tires and brakes.  This is the perfect classic car you can enjoy for the balance of summer and fall while planning to tackle an update of the car’s interior over the winter months.

If you are serious about buying this Buick Super, you can start the conversation by using the contact information provided by the seller in their Craigslist ad.  When you connect, please mention that you saw their Jetback featured here on GuysWithRides.com. Good luck with the purchase!

Here’s the seller’s description:

“Excellent mechanical shape, new tires/brakes/exhaust/battery/coolant system/seat belts. The engine runs smoothly like a sewing machine. Rust free. Everyone gawks and comments. This is art-on-wheels, preceding the jet age by three years, This model introduced Americans to a whole new aesthetic.
The Interior could use love (I have a replacement carpet to install), grille chrome has some pitting. Nobody cares that’s looking at shows or on curbs; love at first sight.  Don’t waste my time, if you want this specific car, call.

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