1947 Buick Super Estate "Woodie" Wagon
Lot No. 503
Auctioned on Saturday, May 11, 2013
Estimate: $ 80,000 - $100,000
- Series 50; Model 59, 110-hp, 248-cid OHV Dynaflash inline eight-cylinder engine with three-speed column-mounted manual transmission
- Restored during the late-1990s by noted Buick restoration specialist Bud Hicks
- Mostly original wooden bodywork; properly maintained
- Acquired by the current owner in 2007, it has been used on a limited basis and has clearly received attentive care and proper storage
- Shown during 2011 at “Eyes on Design” and the “Cars of the Stars” show, held at the former Packard Proving Grounds in Michigan
While Buick’s postwar lineup was still based upon its prewar designs, the mildly revised 1946–1948 models garnered very strong public favor nonetheless. With the proven overhead valve Dynaflash eight, fully coil-sprung suspensions, and Harley Earl-supervised styling with fade-away front fenders, broad grilles, and remarkably restrained bright-trim accents, these cars remain collector staples today. During that era, the Series 50 Super Estate Wagon, with handsome woodie bodywork by Michigan’s Ionia Manufacturing Company, topped Buick’s mid-tier offerings with a factory price of nearly $2,600. Just 2,036 of them, including five for export, were produced for 1947.
Finished in dark green with tan leather upholstery, the example offered here was fully restored during the late-1990s by noted specialist Bud Hicks. Mr. Hicks, a true master craftsman, has since retired from the profession, but his reputation endures within Buick circles today. At the time the car last changed hands, all of the wood pieces were thought to be original, save for one section at the left-rear side of the car that appears to have been replaced.
Acquired by the current owner in 2007, it has been used on a limited basis and has clearly received attentive care and proper storage. This 1947 Buick Super Estate Wagon was most recently shown during 2011 at “Eyes on Design” and the “Cars of the Stars” show, held at the former Packard Proving Grounds in Michigan. Well-maintained and attractively presented, it will certainly continue to epitomize Buick’s leadership during the postwar era.