History of the 1949 Buick Super
In 1949, the Buick Super was essentially a short wheelbase, light-engined Roadmaster, sharing the body and most features with that car. The Super was a trim and body upgrade over the entry-level Special, and it was priced from $2,157 to $3,178, which about midway between the Special and the Roadmaster. These cars retained the same basic fat-fendered styling that persisted throughout the 1940s.
Engine power was provided courtesy of an inline 8-cylinder overhead-valve engine, displacing 248 cid and delivering 115 horsepower. The same engine was detuned in the Special to produce 110 horsepower, and was distinct from the 320-cid straight-8 in the Roadmaster, which produced 150 horsepower. A three-speed manual transmission was standard, but a Dynaflow automatic could be optioned on the Super. Units equipped with the Dynaflow received a 5 horsepower boost to 120 courtesy of a higher compression ratio.
The Super was a popular model – with more than 136,000 four-door sedans produced, along with 66,000 two-door “Sedanette” models and 22,000 convertibles, and nearly 2,000 four-door station wagons. About 7,000 of those cars were produced for export around the world. Options included the usual amenities such as spotlight, radio, heater/defroster, windshield washers, and various rearview mirrors.
Collectors of classic Buicks can’t go wrong with a 1949 Super. With so many built in Buick’s biggest-ever model year, buyers can afford to look around for one in top condition. The wagons will be rarest, but with 22,000 convertibles built in this year, it should be possible to find a drop-top for perfect classic car panache.