1947 Buick Roadmaster Convertible

Sold For $93,500

Inclusive of applicable buyer's fee.

RM | Auctions - HERSHEY 10 - 11 OCTOBER 2013 - Offered from the Estate of Jim Miller

Chassis No.
  • Offered from the Estate of Jim Miller
  • Formerly the prize of the Len Immke Collection
  • Believed to have only 5,000 miles from new
  • Well-accessorized and optioned

144 bhp, 320.2 cu. in. “Fireball” valve-in-head inline eight-cylinder engine, three-speed manual transmission, independent front suspension with coil springs, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 129 in.

Buick’s 1947 models remained largely the same as the original post-war cars of 1946. There was no reason to change. As buyers continued to bust down the doors at Buick dealers, it was a seller’s market, and the design that had originally been created in 1942, and had only been face-lifted since, continued to appear striking and modern and to draw in customers demanding new cars. In a climate of booming job creation and newfound success, Buicks found more owners than ever, with nearly 79,000 buyers motoring home in a new top-of-the-line Roadmaster in 1947.

The Convertible Coupe shown here was seldom driven by its original lady owner, who, after many years, sold it to respected Ohio collector Len Immke. Mr. Immke’s legendary eye for quality made the extremely low-mileage, well-preserved original Buick a favorite in his collection, and it is unlikely that he would ever have let it go to anyone other than his good friend, Jim Miller. Mr. Miller kept the car original and occasionally drove it, until he, too, was persuaded to part with the car, this time by noted collector Charles Cawley, who had the Buick cosmetically restored to his own very high standards. As he was apt to do, Mr. Miller missed the car, and he was eventually able to buy it back. This time, he never sold it.

It is finished in Sequoia Cream, with maroon leather and tan cloth upholstery, which is overseen by a black cloth top. The Buick’s body is straight, with excellent gaps, and it covers an undercarriage that is original and unrestored, yet very neat and tidy, as is the engine bay. Paint and chrome is outstanding, as is the interior, with a steering wheel, dashboard, gauges, and brightwork that are “as-new,” making it clearly an outstanding cosmetic restoration.

As one would expect of a top-of-the-line Buick in this ritzy era, the car is equipped with a power front bench seat (with later seatbelts for driver safety), power windows, an AM radio, a heater, a power top, and carpeted floor mats, providing a comfortable space in which to motor elegantly.

Carrying its Immke, Cawley, and Miller provenance behind it, with low mileage and in thoroughly wonderful condition throughout, this is one of the very best 1947 Buicks available today. It is as desirable today as it was in those heady post-war days.

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