Top Trim: 1956 Buick Roadmaster Convertible – Sold?

by | Feb 2024 | Craigslist ClassiFINDS, Topless Thursday

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April 4, 2024, Update – We confirmed the listing for this “ClassiFIND” expired, so with no replacement found, we’re assuming this ride is “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.

“Roadmaster” is arguably one of Buick’s most storied brand names. General Motors’ (“GM”) Buick division used the name for its flagship models two times through the company’s history: first from 1936 until until 1958 and then again from 1991 until 1996. Roadmasters produced between 1936 and 1958 were built on Buick’s longest non-limousine wheelbase and shared their basic structure with the entry-level Cadillac Series 65, the Buick Limited, and after 1940, the Oldsmobile 98. Between 1946 and 1957, Roadmaster served as Buick’s flagship.

In the 1950’s, the Buick Roadmaster was the understated alternative for those who wanted the luxury of a Cadillac without flaunting. This Red and White 1956 Buick Roadmaster Convertible for sale, last spotted on Craigslist in Athens, Georgia in February 2024, still presents well despite benefitting from a restoration three decades ago. The seller reports that their Buick Roadmaster convertible for sale remains “mostly original” with its 322 cubic inch V8, power steering, power brakes, power windows, three-way power seat, power antenna, and power convertible top.

Last offered for $74,500, Classic.com, the analytics and search engine for the collector car market, confirms the ask aligns with this guide’s six-month results for all sixth-generation Buick Roadmasters produced between 1954 and 1956.  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 $52,500 and its #2 “Very Good” appraisal of $76,000.

The 1956 Buick Roadmaster Convertible stands as an iconic symbol of American automotive engineering prowess and luxury during the mid-20th century. As a flagship model of the Buick brand, it exemplifies the essence of automotive design and innovation of its era. From its distinctive exterior styling to its powerful engine and advanced features, the Roadmaster Convertible remains a timeless classic cherished by enthusiasts and collectors alike.

At the heart of the 1956 Buick Roadmaster Convertible lies a robust powertrain engineered to deliver exceptional performance and driving experience. Powering this masterpiece is a mammoth 322 cubic inch (5.3-liter) V8 engine, renowned for its smooth power delivery and remarkable torque output. Equipped with a four-barrel carburetor, this engine generates an impressive 255 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque, providing ample thrust to propel the vehicle effortlessly down the open road. The engine’s refined characteristics are complemented by a dual exhaust system, which enhances both performance and exhaust note, adding to the overall driving excitement.

The Roadmaster Convertible’s powertrain is mated to a Dynaflow automatic transmission, Buick’s signature smooth-shifting gearbox renowned for its seamless operation and unmatched refinement. This transmission ensures effortless acceleration and cruising, allowing occupants to enjoy a serene and comfortable ride without the need for manual gear changes. The combination of the powerful V8 engine and Dynaflow transmission epitomizes Buick’s commitment to delivering superior performance coupled with unmatched drivability.

In terms of design, the 1956 Buick Roadmaster Convertible exudes elegance and sophistication, with its sleek lines and graceful proportions capturing the essence of automotive styling of the era. The convertible body style accentuates the car’s luxurious appeal, allowing occupants to experience the joy of open-air motoring in style. The meticulously crafted exterior features chrome accents, sweeping fender lines, and iconic Buick portholes, all of which contribute to its timeless beauty and commanding presence on the road.

Step inside the cabin, and you’re greeted by a sumptuous interior that exudes luxury and comfort. The Roadmaster Convertible boasts a spacious and well-appointed cabin, featuring plush bench seats upholstered in premium leather, accented by tasteful chrome trim and woodgrain inserts. The attention to detail is evident throughout the interior, with every element meticulously crafted to provide occupants with a refined and inviting atmosphere.

Technological innovation is also a hallmark of the 1956 Buick Roadmaster Convertible, with a range of advanced features designed to enhance comfort, convenience, and safety. Notable amenities include power windows, power-operated convertible top, power steering, and power brakes, all of which contribute to a more enjoyable driving experience. Additionally, the Roadmaster Convertible offers optional features such as air conditioning, which further enhances passenger comfort, especially during hot summer days.

In terms of handling and ride quality, the 1956 Buick Roadmaster Convertible delivers a smooth and composed driving experience, thanks to its robust chassis and sophisticated suspension system. The vehicle’s long wheelbase and balanced weight distribution ensure stability and agility, allowing for confident handling on both straightaways and winding roads. Meanwhile, the refined suspension system absorbs bumps and imperfections with ease, providing occupants with a comfortable and relaxed ride even over rough surfaces.

The 1956 Buick Roadmaster Convertible represents the pinnacle of American automotive luxury and craftsmanship during the mid-20th century. With its powerful engine, elegant design, luxurious interior, and advanced features, it continues to captivate enthusiasts and collectors alike, serving as a timeless symbol of automotive excellence and ingenuity.

The Wild About Wheels YouTube Channel features this extended-length 1956 Buick Roadmaster commercial that was integrated into the Honeymooners TV show and even features Jackie Gleason pitching for Buick at the very end:

Based on the pictures, this Coronado Gold 1967 Pontiac Firebird 400 convertible for sale appears to be a quality restoration.  We would ask for pictures of the truck and undercarriage to confirm the restoration work’s quality and whether the restoration involved any rust repairs. The seller provides detailed shots of the restored and rebuilt engine bay in their video provided.

If you are serious about buying this Roadmaster convertible, 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 mid century Buick featured here on GuysWithRides.com. Good luck with the purchase!

Here’s the seller’s description:

“Beautiful 1956 Buick Roadmaster convertible. The Roadmaster convertible was Buick’s top of the line in 56 being less than 1% of Buick’s total production. I only see one of these come up for sale a year making this a very rare car. Finished in traditional red and white with matching red and white interior. She underwent a restoration about 30 years ago and still shows very well. Chrome is very clean with no pitting on outside trim or bumpers to speak of. Mostly all original with her 322 cubic inch V8. Power steering. Power brakes. Power windows. 3 way power seat. Power antenna and power convertible top. The am radio even still works. Since I have owned her I’ve replaced the convertible top motor/reservoir and fluid. Had all paint chips and flakes professionally touched up. Everything works as it should. All lights, wipers, horn, gauges, etc. Comes with owner’s guide, shop manual, and original hub caps. Finished in classic red and white.
Located in Athens, GA

Show or go: What would you do with this restored 1956 Buick Roadmaster convertible for sale? Please comment below and let us know!

2 Comments
  1. Red and White 1956 Buick Roadmaster Convertible

    Why would you post a photo of a ride your trying to sell with blue smoke coming from the rear of the car???

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    • Red and White 1956 Buick Roadmaster Convertible

      In defense of the seller, cars produced before 1963 did not feature a PCV (“Positive Crankcase Ventilation”) valve to control blow-by. Consequently, many older cars smoke like this at idle. If there is something wrong with the engine, then we commend the seller for being transparent about it. However, since they do not mention it in their description, the PCV is the more likely explanation.

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