The Buick Super was introduced for the 1940 model year. As a full-size model, it fit in the Buick lineup between the Buick Special and the top-of-the-line Buick Roadmaster. The Super would be in continuous production through the 1958 model year, with a hiatus from 1943 through 1945 for World War II. As a mid-range model, the Super adopted most of the luxury underpinnings of the Roadmaster, but utilized the Special’s less-powerful engine, allowing the Super to be a thriftier proposition than the flagship Roadmaster.
Styling for the Buick Super had received a facelift in 1942, taking styling cues from the 1941 Buick Century and Special. The Super for 1942 was wider and lower, featuring fenders that cascaded downward through the doors to meet the rear fenders. The front fender trim featured chrome parallel strips and grille, but chrome would be banned in automobile production as of January 1st, 1942, to aid the war effort. The Buick Super coupes adopted the fastback look from the previous year’s Special and Century, as well as a fresh air inlet that fed the interior. The Super was available in four-door, two-door, and convertible configurations.
As with almost all other American autos, the Buick Super’s styling was in a holding pattern immediately after the war. The 1946 Buick Series 50 Super would once more be a combination of the Series 40’s lower 110-horsepower powertrain and the more luxurious Series 70 Roadmaster’s full size body. Styling was mostly held over from the 1942 Super. The Super featured a painted woodgrain instrument panel, turn signals, ashtray, clock, and automatic choke. The Buick Super for 1946 could be had in coupe, sedan, convertible, or wagon bodies.
The Buick Super for 1947 featured minor changes from the previous year. The grille had been revised and sported a new emblem. A low stainless beltline extended from the trailing edge of the front fender rearward over the rear fender skirt. The steering wheel was constructed of white Tenite with a large center horn button embossed with the Buick crest.
Our feature 1947 Buick Super convertible has been the subject of a comprehensive restoration. Finished in light blue over a blue and white interior and a dark blue Haartz cloth convertible top, it is powered by a 248 cubic-inch inline eight-cylinder engine backed by a three-speed manual transmission. The Super features dual chrome spot lights, front and rear bumperettes, and fender skirts. The whole affair rolls on painted steel wheels with polished wheel covers, shod in wide white bias-ply rubber.
This beautifully restored 1947 Buick Super Convertible will cross the Mecum Auctions block at their Monterey Car Week event taking place August 17th through the 19th.