Lot 42

2022   |   Geared Online Scottsdale Edition

1949 Buick Roadmaster Estate Wagon

From The Richard Donner Collection


$40,000 - $50,000| Without Reserve



Car Highlights

Desirably Powered by the Fireball Straight Eight-Cylinder Engine

Nice, Driver Condition Example; Wearing an Older Restoration

Kept and Used by Richard Donner at His Home on Orcas Island, Washington

Beautiful Maroon over Brown Interior Color Combination

A Lovely and Rare Wood-Bodied Roadmaster Estate Wagon

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Hans Wurl

The Buick Series 80 gained a new distinction in 1936 to differentiate it from Cadillacs with similar names, and became known as the Roadmaster. The Roadmaster model would be offered by Buick through 1956, and again in the early 1990s for five years. For the 1949 model year, the Roadmaster received its first postwar restyling which was highlighted by the introduction of ventiports along the front fender; three ports for small-displacement cars and four ports for larger-engine models such as the Roadmaster. 1949 Buicks also gained a curved front windshield along with modernized and taught body lines that brought the brand into the modern age.

This 1949 Roadmaster is an example of arguably the most desirable body style of this generation, the Estate Wagon. Wood-bodied construction was nearing the end of its popularity, and this generation of Buick woody wagons showed how well integrated the wood could be with more modern styling. Purchased by Richard Donner in 2000 from Heritage Classics Motorcar Company, and at his home on Orcas Island, Washington, this lovely wagon was used for picking up friends and their luggage at the ferry terminal or providing charming and utilitarian transport on runs into town. Its older restoration shows very well, with a lovely finish on its wood surfaces including the veneered door panels and interior trim. A cherished member of Donner’s beloved collection, this Buick is sure to be a welcome addition at the home of its next steward.