With a long held reputation for producing some of the world’s finest classic cars, the 1957 Buick Roadmaster is still regarded as one of the brand’s best.
For most of its existence in the North American motor vehicle market, Buick has always been marketed – and in turn, regarded – as a premium automobile. Although positioned slightly higher than the other General Motors mainstream brands, Buick was classed as “the next best thing” to the flagship Cadillacs. While Buick is one of the oldest motor vehicle brands in the world, the automotive giant has also managed to adapt and remain in favour with consumers for over one hundred years since their inception in 1908.
After the much celebrated end of World War II, Buick turned its attention back to being a luxury car production. Like most automotive manufacturers operating out of the United States, the fifties were a big decade for Buick. Along with the release of the brand’s very first V8 engine, the decade also delivered consumers some of the brand’s most iconic models, such as the 1957 Buick Roadmaster.
Why We Love The 1957 Buick Roadmaster
Although the first Roadmaster was released back in 1936, Buick were struggling to keep up with the competition and to capture the attention of the American youth during the fifties. As such, the well established Roadmaster received a complete overhaul, and was one of the first models to have the new Buick V8 engine under the hood.
Marketed to the public as “the joy that only the finest can give”, the 1957 Buick Roadmaster received more than just an exterior facelift. While distinctive styling cues included a red-filled “Sweep Spear” down the body’s sides and a chromed rear lower panel in the area between the wheel arch and the bumper end, a new centred fuel filler was located in the rear bumper, at the ends of which the single or optional dual exhaust passed through.
The interiors of the new 1957 Buick Roadmaster now featured a padded dashboard and were cloth and vinyl in four-door, vinyl in two-door, and leather in convertibles. The hotly anticipated new 364ci V8 engine was rated at 300 horsepower, while new ball-joint suspension were also added to improve the car’s handling. To really boost the Roadmaster’s slick sense of luxury, it also featured standard power seats and windows, carpeted lower doors, a one-piece rear window, deluxe hubcaps, and Series 75 script identification.
While both contemporary and stylish for it’s time, the 1957 Buick Roadmaster wasn’t just a pretty face and had more than enough power under the hood to attract the attention of America’s youth – which was exactly what Buick had wanted. Although the Roadmaster was manufactured for over sixty years, it’s the 1957 Buick Roadmaster that is still regarded as one of the most influential and celebrated models of the golden age of classic cars.
How To Get Your Hands On A Classic Car
Meeting a fellow vintage auto enthusiast can feel a bit like finding a needle in a haystack, but rest assured that Wayne’s Garage understands the thrill more than most. Having spent forty years collecting anything and everything from matchbox cars to hub caps, he’s successfully followed his passion to source, collect and stock beautiful and low mileage classic automobiles from around the world. With extensive experience in the automotive industry, it was only a matter of time before Wayne expanded on his love of vintage, iconic vehicles to share his knowledge and passion with the public.
Although his passion is for automobiles built before 1978, with a particular love for Buicks, Cadillacs, Lincolns, Oldsmobiles and even Fords, Wayne is just as passionate about the stories of the owners. Just like the cars, he has found that his fellow classic car enthusiasts all have wildly different attractions and logic behind their passion or hobby, and this often translates into how the car is presented. If it’s even remotely different, rare or just plain unusual, Wayne will overcome the relevant logistical and geographical challenges of bringing the cars to his showroom in Australia.
Wayne’s Garage is a showroom conveniently located at Seventeen Mile Rocks, that specialises in the restoration and sales of vintage automobiles. In fact, he’s got a medley of fully restored models in stock right now, which can be viewed online via Wayne’s Collection. If you’re on the hunt for Brisbane classic cars – quite simply, Wayne is your man. If you would like to arrange a viewing or inspect any other of our classic vehicles, please get in touch with us today.