1952 Buick Road­mas­ter

New Zealand Classic Car - - Nationwide News -

Back in Fe­bru­ary 1999, Nz­clas­sic Car fea­tured this very rare 1951 Buick Road­mas­ter Riviera Model 72R — the top of Buick’s four-door range at that time.

The new owner re­cently dis­cov­ered this car, de­scrib­ing it as a ‘coun­try find’ and, alas, in rather poor con­di­tion. The pre­vi­ous owner, the late Brian Whe­lan, parked the car up af­ter an un­for­tu­nate fire ripped through the Buick caus­ing ma­jor dam­age. Ap­par­ently Brian had pulled over onto the side of the road with a sus­pected flat tyre when heat from the car’s ex­haust ig­nited the long, very dry grass en­gulf­ing the car in flames.

The new owner plans to com­pletely re­store this rare beauty back to orig­i­nal con­di­tion, and luck­ily has dis­cov­ered a nice stash of orig­i­nal parts, enough to com­plete the restora­tion.

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