Body Style: Convertible   Stock No.: 559AC   Mileage: 8327   Condition: Mint   Interior: Red   Exterior: Black 

Location: Atlanta, Georgia, United States


1949 marked the first year of the post-war redesign of the Buick line and brought the marque into the modern era. At the top of the lineup was the '49 Roadmaster, available in several sedan and two-door configurations, with the convertible perched as the rarest, most luxurious and most expensive -- which holds true today moreso than ever. It's estimated that only 8,000 convertibles were produced; far fewer survive, and it's rare that one comes on the market. Longer and lower than its pre-war forebears, many consider it to be the zenith of Harley Earl's designs for GM.

This example was restored by MGM for the 1996 Nick Nolte / Melanie Griffith film "Mulholland Falls." The current owner of nearly two decades was in Los Angles at the time of the film shoot, saw this car and had to have it. He struck a deal with the studio, and after filming was complete the Roadmaster was his. Although the restoration work for the film was decent, as a picture car it did not live up to the owner's exacting standards. In 2000 the car went to Connors Motorcar Company for an extensive five-year restoration that included new paint, an engine rebuild and a new wiring harness (all using period-correct cloth wiring, of course).

The car is finished in the timeless combination of black over red leather with tan top; quality is excellent overall with a deep gloss, straight panels, good gaps and nice chrome and trim. Interior has been finished with exacting detail and is a lovely place to spend time. Engine compartment and underside are detailed and tidy. This deluxe package model was highly optioned with hydraulic power windows, spotlight and additional interior appointments. The 320 cubic inch "Fireball" overhead valve straight eight is silky smooth; it's mated to a Dynaflow automatic transmission. Engine number 55285637 denotes 1949 Series 70 and we believe this engine to be original to the car.

Earl's design has certainly stood the test of time, with the '49 being one of the most iconic and collectible post-war Buicks ever made, and the car exudes Hollywood glamour (indeed, a '49 Roadmaster Convertible was the central plot device in the Dustin Hoffman / Tom Cruise classic "Rain Man").

An opportunity to purchase any '49 Roadmaster Convertible doesn't come along very often, much less an example as well-loved, highly restored and correct as this one. It's an excellent car for touring or to show at any level. MGM press package from "Mulholland Falls" included.

For more information about this 1949 Buick Roadmaster Convertible for sale at Motorcar Studio in Atlanta, please call 404-692-5250.


Dealer Information for Motorcar Studio

1164 Zonolite Place NE 
Atlanta, GA 30306
PH: 404-692-5250
FAX: 404-692-5490