AJ’s Car of the Day 1953 Buick Roadmaster Estate Wagon

AJ’s Car of the Day 1953 Buick Roadmaster Estate Wagon

Car: Buick Roadmaster Estate Wagon

Year: 1953

What makes it special: Buick’s Roadmaster Estate Woody Wagon was designed by the great Harley Earl and introduced on Buick’s 50th anniversary. The Estate Wagon featured Buick’s first V8 engine and first 12-volt electrical system.

What made it famous: The Wagon has style that is signature Harley Earl, from it’s huge vertical-toothed grille to sweeping bright side spears along the body sides. It’s loaded with chrome down to the wire-spoke rims and famous body-side “Venti-ports” that were the hallmark of that era of Buick. It featured coil-spring suspension, hydraulic drum brakes and power steering. The new 188hp, 322 cu in 4-barrel V8 eventually became a fave of the Hot Rodding crowd, and was mated to an advanced Dynaflow automatic transmission.

Why I would want one: With so much style and innovations, it’s hard to pass on this woody masterpiece.

Fun fact: The 1953 Buick Roadmaster Estate Woody Wagon was the very last of the American Woody station wagons before the breed disappeared forever. Only 670 were produced, and it’s estimated that 20 or less examples are known to exist today.

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