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Buick Roadmaster (1949)


Buick Roadmaster (1949)

Buick started to make cars again as soon as World War II was over in 1945. Their cars changed a little in style, going long and wider in looks thanks to subtle grille changes and new trim. The Roadmaster model first appeared in 1945 and was restyled for 1949 with the front fender tops extending all the way to the top of the rear fenders, thus finally ditching the sloping fender look which dated cars back to the 1930s. The looks were a big success with the public and Buick sales increased by 100,000. The Roadmaster kept a similar suspension set-up to the pre-war cars, with a separate chassis, double wishbone independent front suspension and a live axle rear on leaf springs. The big advance was Buick's Dynaflow auto gearbox, which was the first to use a torque converter. This sophisticated fluid coupling magnified the torque produced by the engine, making the Roadmaster smooth and powerful.

Buick Roadmaster (1949) Specifications

Top Speed:100 mph (160 km/h)
0-60 mph (0-96 km/h):17.1 sec
Engine type:In-line eight
Displacement:320 ci (5,243 cc)
Transmission:2-speed auto
Max power:150 bhp (112 kW) @ 3,600 rpm
Max torque:260 lb ft (352 Nm) @ 2,400 rpm
Weight:4,370 lb (1,986 kg)
Economy:14 mpg (4.95 km/I)
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