single frame: 1949 Buick Super

1949 Buick Super

1949 Buick Super
Pentax ME SE
35-70mm f/4 SMC Pentax-A
Fujifilm Fujicolor 200

I normally save all of the old parked cars that I find for my annual Carspotting roundup in December. (See all of my Carspotting posts here.) But I was excited enough to find this one that I’m making an exception. I’m just partial to 1940s Buicks!

There were three different generations of Buick in the 1940s. The first generation lasted two short years: 1940 and 1941. The next started in 1942, skipped 1943-45 because of the war, resumed in 1946, and wrapped in 1948. This car is of the generation that began in 1949, but ushered in the 1950s, concluding in 1953.

This is clearly an unrestored original. Just look at how the paint has faded and worn with time! I wonder what the insignia on the door used to be.

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9 responses to “single frame: 1949 Buick Super”

  1. J P Avatar

    The 49 Buick was another of GM’s one year cars (like the 58 Chevy and Pontiac). The 1950 model was totally new and different.

    I’m loving this too. If it is local, I’ve certainly never seen it.

    1. Dave Powell Avatar
      Dave Powell

      Hi Jim! Based on the insignia’s shape and location, could it have been a police car?

      1. Jim Grey Avatar

        Could be, Buick police cars were not unheard of.

    2. Jim Grey Avatar

      Really? Wikipedia thinks that there was a 1949-53 generation of Buick. But Wikipedia has been wrong before.

      I shot this up in Kirklin, about 45 min north on 421.

      1. J P Avatar

        I wrote a 2 part piece on CC called The Case Of The Missing B Body that covered GMs not very orderly body program of the late 40s and early 50s. I think Wiki has it wrong, but that is easy to do on the topic.

  2. Andy Umbo Avatar
    Andy Umbo

    I was born in ’54, but remember seeing a lot of these still on the street in Chicago in my youth. My parents always told me that Buick was a doctor/lawyer brand, but must have been pretty popular in Chicago.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      I’ve heard the doctor/lawyer thing before, but based on the number of old Buicks that survive they have to have been more widely purchased than that!

  3. Daniel Brinneman Avatar

    What a brilliant idea for a post category! I might start my own but it won’t be as detailed as yours because I don’t know many car names, years, or history. Anyways, I actually dropped in to say what a wonderful picture you have made there. The angle and grunge is spot on.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Thanks so much Daniel! I love old cars.

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