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1951 Buick Roadmaster 76r Two Door Hardtop on 2040-cars

Year:1951 Mileage:77486 Color: save for minor dings from having been moved from one storage to another

Nogales, Arizona, United States

Nogales, Arizona, United States


I offer a 1951 Buick Roadmaster Riviera two door hardtop, model 76R, serial number 46410375.

It is Style No. 51 4737X, Body Number BK 1976, Trim No. 70, Paint No. 28. The "X" after the Style number identifies it as having power window (hydraulic) lifts. The trim number 70 is grey cloth and the paint number 28, is a two tone combination of Calumet Green and Glenn Green.

A completely original Buick Roadmaster

This extraordinarily rare Buick Roadmaster hardtop is completely original and unmolested in that no one has changed anything from the original, but in need of cosmetic restoration. The paint, what is left of it, is original. The car has never been reupholstered and portions of the original interior are present in sufficient quantity to duplicate the original interior. The back seat backrest still retains some of the original grey cloth and a pattern seam which forms the pattern of the seat, which was a simple pattern (as I recall the 1951 Buick parts manual for soft trim shows the seats and pattern). The rear armrests are present. The door panels are present and have the original stainless trim.

Originally from Tucson, Arizona

I bought the Buick in 1985 in Tucson, Arizona and understand that this Buick lived all its life in Tucson. It clearly has the look of an Arizona car, with which I am very familiar. There is no damage to the exterior save for minor dings from having been moved from one storage to another. The body is rust free and the frame is rust free making it a very solid and original car and easily restored.

A drivable car with light mechanical work

I drove this car in the 1980s and it ran beautifully. I had it in storage where the radiator was stolen. I removed the exhaust manifold and carburetor and believe I have it, but can't guarantee that I do. I do have the air cleaner.

The car is almost entirely complete. Prior to my purchase, some minor disassembly began. The bottom rear seat cushion is missing as are the two garnish moldings for the doors. As you'll note in the photos, the portholes and the hood ornament were also removed.

A light restoration

I've restored well in excess of 50 automobiles and this one is quite easy to restore. Based on my driving this car and the mileage which I believe to be correct, the mechanical work will be light, consisting of renewing those things that normally wear with use. Fundamentally, this Buick should be mechanically sound.

I planned to paint the body in the original greens. I provided a photo at the end of an identical Buick Roadmaster 76R in the same colors. A body man would find this an easy car to do. And there is no structural repair or replacement required anywhere in the floor, frame or body - just paint!

The interior is a simple one of vinyl and grey broadcloth as per original. There were several leather options available in standard colors. But this Buick is so original, it's worth doing back to the original colors and materials, which would require the least effort.

The bumpers require plating of course, and the stainless some minor repairs, but as you'll note in the photos, the stainless is in very good condition and all the exterior stainless is complete.

Selling with regret

I have too many vehicles. So I've prioritized and there are 12 others at least which I prefer. I probably will never get to the Buick, so with regret, I'm going to sell. I should probably sell two more and that will be painful!!

Payment and shipping

Payment must occur within 48 hours of close of auction by bank wire transfer.  Contact the vendor for wire transfer instructions.  Upon receipt, I will send the signed, notarized title in 24 hours by overnight mail. In case of an overseas transaction, the wire transfer requirement remains the same. I urge an overseas buyer to check the regulations of your country. In some cases, the original title must accompany the vehicle and further recommend you contact a customs broker.

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