Big, beautiful 1955 Buick Super hardtop

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The Buick looks ready for car-show admiration

Sometimes, a collector car is just so great-looking that it cries out for attention, such as the Pick of the Day, a 1955 Buick Super 2-door hardtop looking luscious in red-and-black two-tone.

From its sweeping pillarless roofline to the quartet of round Ventiports enhancing the front fenders, this Buick was a stylistic standout in an era loaded with beautiful designs.

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The hardtop has been restored mechanically and cosmetically, according to the private seller in Castle Rock, Colorado, advertising the car on ClassicCars.com.

“This was a California car until January 2019 and has been in a heated garage since in Colorado,” the seller says in the ad. “It has zero rust and it drives great.

“The engine and transmission were totally rebuilt by professionals in May 2019.  The engine is the original 322 cid Nail Head and the transmission is the original Dynaflow automatic transmission. The engine runs strong and the transmission is smooth.

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“The paint and chrome were refreshed in 2018.”

While the Super was the less-expensive Buick model, with the Roadmaster at the top, it was a full-size car that, in this case, came with all the trimmings, the seller says.

“Desirable options include original factory power brakes, power steering, power windows, power seats and factory installed air conditioning,” the seller says.

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The photos with the ad show a nicely presented car with a gleaming finish and good-looking interior, with a few custom touches thrown in – the stance looks slightly lowered and the wheels and tires are modern additions.

This eye-catching Buick hardtop, which the seller says “is a standout at shows,” is priced at $59,000.

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.

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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 SPEED.com, 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.

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    • Hi John, The top of the Buick lineup for 1955 was the ROADMASTER, followed by the Super. Same body and engine as the Roadmaster, just less luxurious trim. Then came the Century, which was the same body as the Special, but with the larger 322 cu in, 236 horsepower engine as the top 2 models had. Bottom of the line was the Special with a 264 cu in 188 horsepower. The "so-named" Buicks started with the Special, Super, Century, Roadmaster and Limited in 1936, and ended as such, in 1959 with the advent of the LeSabre, Invicta, and Electra and Electra 225 models. Some of the older Buick model names have been resurrected, for time to time, in the years since. Hope this helps.

    • I don’t know what you’re reading, but the car is a "Super," which was the line below the "Roadmaster"–just as the article stated. Further down the line was the "Century" and then the "Special."

    • Hey, John Hope, read the ad again. It states that this is a "Super", not a Special. The emblem right in front of the rear wheel says Super.

  1. Only the Roadsmasher and the Century had four ventiports, the rest had three. Something is funny with the referenced Buick I must say.

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