Lot 407

Hershey 2018

1953 Buick Super Convertible

The Lloyd Needham Collection


$60,500 USD | Sold

United States | Hershey, Pennsylvania



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G 3840
  • Offered from the Lloyd Needham Collection
  • Rarely seen model with the 164-hp, 322-cu. in. V-8
  • Handsome and well-preserved restoration in original colors

The 1953 model year marked the end of an era for Buick, as the following year, the GM division redesigned its cars around new V-8 engines, celebrating its 50th anniversary. As a result, these were the final Buicks with the original post-war styling from 1949, albeit now heavily facelifted with distinctive headlights and additional exterior trim. Today they are widely regarded among the handsomest American automobiles of their generation.

The Super convertible offered here is another well-kept, long-time resident of the Needham Collection. Only 6,701 of this model were produced, and survivors are quite rarely seen.

This particular car was restored some years ago in the original color scheme of Imperial Blue with an unusual Duchess Blue and Light Green instrument panel, and dark blue genuine leather upholstery. Equipment includes a three-speed manual transmission, power top and windows, AM radio, and a dashboard clock. At the time of cataloguing, the car had recorded just 1,644 miles, reflected in the excellent quality of the restoration, including proper panel fit, and an interior that still appears fresh and tight. The engine compartment is clean and properly detailed, and the chassis reflects only the most minor signs of age and use.

This is one of the finest examples of its kind available today, with a presentation that is difficult to beat.