After 30 years, family ready to sell 1950 Buick Special sedan

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Buick did not do a post-war styling update of its entry-level Special until the 1950 model year. The new design included a prominent “bucktooth” grille, a trio of side vents in the hood, and styling in which the front fenders flowed back into the rear quarter panels. 

The Pick of the Day is one of those cars, a 1950 Buick Special Deluxe 4-door sedan offered for sale on ClassicCars.com by a private owner, who notes that the car has been in the family for 30 years.

What separated the Special and the Special Deluxe models were the upgraded interior and brightwork bodyside trim strip and window frames in the Deluxe versions.

The selling family describes the car as a survivor that has been “mechanically maintained with limited cosmetic restoration, including a repaint in 1989 from its original black to its current white.” 

“There are paint flaws but still a gorgeous car that turns heads,” according to the advertisement. “All trim was removed for the paint work and all trim present. Rear bumper is also in need of re-chroming.

“Rocker panels have imperfections and door alignment needs adjustment. The car is straight with no signs of body or frame damage. Floor panels are rust free, underbody has cosmetic rust one would expect for a 70-year-old car. Front bumper and grille are in original condition with pitting. 

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“Seat covers and door panels are in good condition, headliner shows discoloration with no tears. Carpet is new and in good condition. Dash paint is original with signs of age and minor cosmetic rust. Dash lights are operable, fuel gauge works however needs new sending unit as level is stuck on full.”

The seller adds that headlights, fog lights, brake lights, turn signals, reverse lights and spotlight all work, as does the heater, but the radio does not.

“Engine and Dynaflow transmission are both in good shape. The engine has great oil pressure and runs cool. No leaks from engine or transmission present. 

“The only modification to this car is the ignition switch has been changed to push button.”

The engine is a Fireball Dynaflash Eight straight-8 with valve-in-head architecture, a displacement of 248cid and 110 horsepower.

The seller adds that the brake system has had recent service and that the glass is original, with a small crack in the lower portion of the windshield (a photo of the crack is included in the advertisement). 

“This car has changed hands a few times,” the seller says. “Records of ownership of this car available dating back to 1969. Service records are available from 1989 – Present.”

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The car is located in Oxford, Ohio, and is offered for $10,000.

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

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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

6 COMMENTS

  1. Forgive me for nitpicking, but surely this car’s body style is a Buick Super Tourback Sedan, not a Special? The Special is a slightly smaller car with the easily identifiable differences of a higher through gender line, and entirely different side rear window shape…
    I’d be pretty sure this is a Super…

  2. Not a bad old Buick. But, it looks like an overhead valve engine, not a flathead! And why did some idiot change the original color of the car from beautiful black to putrid white??

  3. I wish I was in a position to start a project. I would be in route to Ohio with a pocket full of hundreds. 10K seems like a really good deal to me.

    • I know that buying an old car for some restoration and fun driving is a bit crazy but the old cars are a lot of fun to drive and be in. I drive my 1950 Packard and folks stop and take pictures and whistle and honk their horn. Just tell them, ALL Steel, No plastic or fiberglass, steel bumpers, no electronics. People are tired of the cars all looking the same, made to self destruct if in an accident, and are unsafe at any speed. Car motors should growl and sound awesome, not purrrrrr and sound like a sewing machine. When I step on it, the tires smoke and there is no doubt as to what a car should be.

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