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The 1949 Buick Roadmaster

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Topics:  Buick Roadmaster

The 1949 Buick Roadmaster

William Jason
March 26, 2011

William Jason http://musclecarmonster.com

Buick was on a hiatus during the World War II, however, as soon as the war was over, the car company began to create cars again, and their creations were better than ever. Beautiful, streamlined, and traditionally iconic, the Buick Roadmaster of 1949 cruised the streets with a distinct sense of luxury and sophistication. With its long, wide looks, and its beautifully created grill and trim, the Buick Roadmaster was the car to envy. The Roadmaster was the product of Buick's engineering improvements and advancements in design. The vehicle itself is a pure headturner, and it is Buick's best appointed model offered in a variety of styles, from coupe, sedan, convertible, and even station wagon body styles in the years 1936 and 1948.

The Buick Roadmaster first made its appearance in 1945, and in the year of 1949, it was meticulously restyled with its front fender tops being able to extend straight through the rear fenders. This process of restyling came along with the downfall of the sloping fender look, a trend that was very popular in vehicles before the year of 1930. Its impossible to dislike the looks of the Buick Roadmaster. It was, in every way, artistic in design and truly modish for that time. The aesthetic characteristics of the Buick Roadmaster hurled it to success. The Roadmaster garnered massive public acceptance and because of this classic car, Buick sales skyrocketed to 100,000.

Very similar to pre-war vehicles, the Buick Roadmaster was created with the same suspension set-up, but with a separate chassis. The vehicle also has a double wishbone independent front suspension, and on its leaf springs was a live axle rear. What made the Buick Roadmaster particularly revolutionary? The Roadmaster used a Dynaflow auto gearbox, which, in the years where it flourished, was the only vehicle to ever use a torque converter. Apart from being sexy and aesthetic, the Buick Roadmaster was graceful in its overwhelming power. The complex fluid coupling that was used in the car had the capacity to enhance the torque of the engine, making the Buick Master more than just a thing of beauty, but a vehicle of speed and power as well. The Roadmaster has a maximum power of 150 bhp, and a maximum torque of 260 lb ft. It uses a 2-speed auto transmission, with an acceleration of zero to sixty miles per hour in 17.1 seconds, the Buick Roadmaster is a classic vehicle that's hard to trifle with.

William Jason is an avid muscle car collector. You can view his personal blog at: http://musclecarmonster.com/

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