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1956 Buick Roadmaster Riviera Coupe

Sold For $49,280

Inclusive of applicable buyer's fee.

RM | Sotheby's - ARIZONA 16 - 17 JANUARY 2020 - The Roadmaster Collection


Chassis No.
7C4054384
  • Offered from the Roadmaster Collection
  • Beneficiary of a frame-off, nut-and-bolt restoration
  • Show-ready example in stunning original color combination

In 1956 Buick raised the performance bar with all models capable of 110 mph. Buick’s top-of-the-line Roadmaster was offered in four body styles—sedan, Riviera sedan, Riviera coupe, and convertible. Minor design tweaks were made in what would be the last year that featured 1954 styling. The front of the Roadmasters featured dual bombsights, one in each fender, and a new grille emblem calling out the year and model. The “sweepspear” was now shallower and didn’t dip into the rocker panel as in past models. Roadmaster script was more prominently displayed, found on the front doors beneath the vent windows and on the trunk in block letters between vertical chrome strips. As the top-of-the-line Buick, the Roadmaster featured a number of luxurious items for the period as standard equipment.

This 1956 Roadmaster Riviera coupe has been the beneficiary of a frame-off, nut-and-bolt restoration. The car is finished in its original two-tone color scheme of Dover White and Apricot and accented by the eye-catching period-correct pattern of Ivory Cordaveen and Black Star nylon. The beautiful brightwork has been re-chromed to show quality throughout, highlighted by a pair of chrome strips on the rear deck lid and retaining original stylized handle trim pieces that rarely survive. It rides on Goodyear wide whitewall tires mounted on Kelsey-Hayes wire wheels. The Roadmaster is powered by a 322 cu. in. V-8 engine which is paired to a Dynaflow automatic transmission. Power equipment includes driver’s seat, windows, steering, and brakes. The Buick also features a clock and radio and is accompanied by a jack with bag and instructions, as well as a full-size spare.

A sparkling example of Buick’s top-of-the-line Roadster model in 1956, this Riviera coupe, having benefitted from a meticulous restoration, is ready to be shown and enjoyed.


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