1948 Buick Streamliner

Updated: Nov 28, 2020

Mimicking aeronautical design practices, the Buick Streamliner body closely resembles that of past German Grand Prix automobiles whilst ditching the bulky chrome bumpers and large tail fins. Designed to belong and low, complete with an underbelly panel – the Streamliner features an aerofoil shape with no doors cut out from its body, plus a large one-piece rear panel which opens hydraulically to reveal the entire rear end of the chassis.

Based on the 1947 Buick “Super 8” engine which powers the 2200 lb car to speeds up to 120mph, the Buick Streamliner was built from five-inch steel tubes, kicking up over the rear axle with a modified 1947 Ford suspension, to ensure fluid handling and a smooth ride.

Appearing across the cover and pages of Motor Trend, Mechanix Illustrated, Popular Mechanics, and Motor Life – the chic roadster was a product of a tireless 2.5-year process, costing over $10,000, an estimated $10,5495.59 today.

Discovered in the desert in 2002, the car was restored by Dave Crouse at Custom Auto, Inc. in Loveland, Colorado. The legendary Buick Streamliner was placed on auction where it was eventually sold for $17,600 to new owners, Gary & Diane Cerveny of Malibu, California. The classic car debuted at the 2010 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance is an exclusive class reserved for Motor Trend Cover Cars, a remarkable specimen of the bygone era of glamorous and sophisticated car design. Gary and Diane have no plans to sell this beauty.

Sources: Luxuo, SuperCars.net