The Buick Roadmaster name dates back to 1936 when Buick changed the names of their entire model line-up to showcase their newer engineering and design advancements. The Series 40 model was then known as the Special, the Series 60 took on the name of Century, and the biggest and most luxurious vehicles, the Series 90 was rechristened the Limited. The Series 80 meanwhile, became the Roadmaster.
Manufactured between 1936 and 1958, the Roadmaster models were the longest-wheelbase vehicles under the Buick brand, and shared the basic structure with the senior versions of Oldsmobile. Between 1946 and 1957, Roadmasters were among the priciest and most stylish models of Buick, and were offered in sedan, coupe, convertible, and station wagon form until 1948. As of 1949, the hardtop coupe, Riveira, was added to the existing model lineup, as well as a four-door hardtop in 1956.
The 1953 Buick Roadmaster station wagon, Model 79-R, was the last wooden body station wagon to be mass-produced in the United States. Crafted by Iona Manufacturing, which took care of all Buick station wagon outfitting from 1946 to 1964, the car was priced at $4,031, making it the second most expensive model of the Skylark. A total of 670 of these woody wagons were produced for 1953.
In 1959, Buick presented an entirely new body design range, and the Roadmaster label was swapped out for the Electra.
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