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1950 Buick Roadmaster convertible


The 1950 Buick Roadmaster convertible would be the perfect parade car
The 1950 Buick Roadmaster convertible would be the perfect parade car

Cruising weather has arrived for most parts of the U.S. and a big, brash mid-century convertible loaded with chrome seems like just the antidote to the mundane.

The Pick of the Day is a 1950 Buick Roadmaster convertible in what appears to be nicely restored condition, blue with a white-vinyl interior, that could transport you and a gaggle of friends on a pleasure drive in head-turning style.

The Buick looks nicely restored
The Buick looks nicely restored

“This well-maintained 1950 Buick Convertible is easily rated good to excellent throughout,” the seller, a dealer in La Verne, California, says in the listing. “From its massive front grill, redesigned in 1950, to the rear bumper, this is an excellent driver that draws a crowd wherever it is displayed.”

The Buick is an original numbers-matching car, according to the dealer, powered by a 263 cid straight-8 engine linked with a Dynaflow automatic transmission. Everything works as intended, the listing says, aside from the hydraulic power seat and original radio. The car shows just 56,409 miles on its odometer.

“Beginning with a pristine chassis and body, the detailed restoration of all the numbers matching original components, mechanically and cosmetically has been completed,” the ad says. “The interior is rated excellent and true to original design.

Lots of chrome on the dashboard
Lots of chrome on the dashboard

“The hydraulic power windows function as intended. All gauges function. The mechanical brakes operate smoothly and make for dependable stops. The metallic blue exterior paint shines. All the massive chrome and brightwork glisten. All glass is in great condition. All electrical components and lighting function.”

The convertible looks good in the extensive photo gallery with the listing, although the white fabric top appears a bit rumpled. It’s also uncertain whether the metallic-blue paint would be an authentic color for 1950.

The asking price for this stylish 66-year-old cruiser is $42,900, which would get you a whole lot of car (in size and weight) for the money.

“Without question, this classic 1950 Buick convertible would be a treasure in any garage and a pleasure to drive on any excursion, either around the block or on an extended road trip,” the dealer says.

To view this listing on, see Pick of the Day

Bob Golfen
Bob Golfen
Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle. He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs. A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.


  1. For crying out loud, don’t you know the difference between a Super and a Roadmaster?!!!! Roadmasters have the big 320 straight eight; Supers have the smaller and shorter 263. Roadmasters have four portholes in the hood, Supers and Specials have three. Roadmaster convertible have leather upholstery and so do Super convertibles in 1950, so this is not an authentic restoration. Roadmasters have wide beltline moldings with the “Roadmaster” script stamped in the molding on each side. Roadmasters have longer wheelbases than Supers. Roadmasters have longer fenders and hoods than Supers.
    Pete Phillips, Buick Club of America member #7338

  2. Now that the model is cleared up. I’d like to say the 1950 Buick in general is a beautiful automobile.

  3. Thanks Pete, I noticed the error also. I have a sister that is in a honey moon photo with a 5o roadmaster convertible.
    What makes it interesting is it has no portholes at all. I asked my brother-in -law about this years ago and this was his
    explanation. His father Mr.Harold Badgley bought the car from Ned Nickles. The reason for no portholes was that Mr. Nickles did not
    appreciate the design concept of the portholes and his car was built without them. Just one of many custom Buicks that
    were produced in Flint over the years.

  4. Pretty sad when a car site does not know the difference between a super and a roadmaster Buick. Why Use your site>????

  5. Taint a Roadmaster. It’s a Super. Roadsters had 4 portholes on each side of the hood. Supers and Specials had 3. Also, mechanical brakes???? Try “hydraulic.”
    The car is a beauty tho.

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